There are many reasons you may want to use the full 5.1 surround system in Chrome. Maybe you want to listen to music from a website or watch YouTube videos or Disney Plus. In this article, we will show you how to get Google Chrome 5.1 surround sound.
Before you go ahead and try to play 5.1 Surround via Chrome, you should ensure that the source of audio e.g. Youtube or Spotify is 5.1 enabled. For example, not all YouTube videos are 5.1 enabled and YouTube does not support Dolby Atmos. To learn more, check out our article on Youtuber and 5.1 surround does YouTube support Dolby Atmos?
Below, you will learn how to enable 5.1 channel surround sound for good Chrome on Windows 10 and 11.
You need to follow this tutorial carefully because otherwise, Google Chrome might have issues playing the sounds back as you intended.
1. Add Surround Sound Flags
Please note that this first method only works with older versions of Chrome. However, we do have a trick you can use for later versions of Chrome, so read on.
Update: [As of Jan 13 – 2020] Now this option is gone and the feature is now to be active by default (since Chrome version: 79.0.3945.117)
As such, nothing needs to be done. You can verify with a true 5.1 audio file played through the browser. Check this tool here – https://www2.iis.fraunhofer.de/AAC/multichannel.html
To up-mix stereo signal into multichannel audio – you need to look into the options of your sound-card driver instead. You can use the Creative X-Fi MB3 software to do this.
i. Make Sure The Chrome Shortcut Is On The Desktop
You need to ensure that the Google Chrome shortcut is on the desktop. If you do not know how to do this, check out this guide.
Now right-click on the shortcut and select properties.
ii. Append Parameter Target From The Shortcut Tab
Append one of the parameters below to the end of the target text and apply changes. Be sure to separate the parameter from the target with a single space.
The right parameter that you should use really depends on your version of Chrome and the device you are using.
If none works by themselves, try adding two, like “–disable-audio-output-resampler –try-supported-channel-layouts”. If you do this, separate the parameters with a single space.
If you have a later version of Chrome, try adding
--disable-features=AudioServiceOutOfProcess to the Chrome shortcut. This is because Chrome v79 Google sandboxed the audio engine in Chrome. This certainly causes issues with 5.1 surround.
iii. Open Chrome From The Shortcut
Now open up Chrome using the shortcut. If that does not fix your issue, then try again with another parameter and so on as mentioned above.
2. Adjust Soundcard Audio Settings
Now every soundboard brand and make is different. As such, this tutorial may not apply to your soundcard specifically. However, you can use it as a general guide.
Update Audio Mode: Go into the settings of your soundboard and find a setting like Audio mode. Set this to “Audio Creation Mode”. This is a popular mode for SB soundcards.
Select Multi-Channel Wave
Under the “Front L/R” fill in the checkboxes for Rear L/R & Front C/Sub. Doing this will force the 5.1 signal from Chrome to use the L/R Front signals and redirect it to each checkbox you fill. Remember, Chrome only uses the left and right channels by default.
Here is an example:
In adjusting the soundcard settings, you should also ensure that you set up your computer for surround sound.
This is important because the 5.1 surround sound, the sound card, and the speakers must have 5.1 support. The fact is, not all sound cards are configured to output 5.1 surround.
Once the soundboard is set up properly, you now need to ensure that the computer is set up properly to output the signal.
Here is the process:
- Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key and R together.
- Type mmsys.cpl and hit the Enter key to open the Sound control panel.
- Under Playback tab, right-click on the audio device (speaker) and select Set Default.
- Click on the Configure button to launch the device (speaker) setup window.
- Click the dropdown list under Audio channels select 5.1 Surround and click Next.
- Check the boxes Center, Subwoofer, and Side pair and click Next.
- Click Finish once the configuration is completed.
3. Update Your Audio Drivers
In some cases, the reason you are not getting 5.1 surround sound from Chrome is due to corrupted drivers. It could be that you have outdated, missing, or corrupted audio drivers.
All you need to do is update the audio drivers or uninstall/reinstall the audio driver if the latest version of the driver is already installed.
How Do I Switch to 5.1 Surround Sound?
First, you should select playback on your playback device, capable of outputting 5.1 sound. With the speakers chosen, click on Set Default and then tap the Configure button. In the speaker setup window, select 5.1 Surround and tap on next.
How Do I Change Sound On Google Chrome?
To adjust your sound settings, navigate through the steps below:
- Press Menu, and then select Apps & More > Settings > Sound.
- Go to the setting you want to change and press ok. The options for that setting pop up.
- Scroll through the list to pick your desired option, and then press ok to set it.
Is Chrome Cast 5.1 Audio?
When Chrome Cast is plugged into a good soundbar or home cinema system (either directly or via your TV), it will output sound up to Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 only with compatible apps and videos.
It can be quite annoying to have to switch browsers when you need to play 5.1 surround. We hope one of the methods mentioned above helped you play 5.1 surround via Chrome.