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Can I get 5.1 and still use the 7MC Volume Control

Cafe Racer

Active Member
It was never really a problem with just DVD's but it's becoming a bit of a paint to fiddle with the volume on the receiver whilst watching normal TV.

My problem is, I don't really understand all these sound formats and stuff, so I don't know what's "best".

Is there a way I can have 5.1 and use the volume in 7MC?

I can control the volume on the receiver with the VMC remote I have, but it's not as good as actually controlling the volume in windows...
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IMHO, you are better off controlling the receiver, as your volume in Windows will always be set to max and run thru the receiver's volume control.

If you have it the other way around then you will have to set the receiver at set level which sometimes may not work out for the better. But yes you can do it that way.

Your receiver will have to decode DD5.1 , DTS etc tracks, but if you want to output 5.1 PCM then software will take care of this and output this to the reciever.

Hope that makes sense

Cafe Racer

Active Member
Cheers Davey.

One thing I like about setting the amp at -45 and using the Windows volume is that the kids can't turn it up past "turn it DOWN, I SAID TURN IT DOWN" volume.

Also, it's a small thing but, I like the Window's volume OSD...

I remember having lots of sound options to play with in XP, not sure about Vista but I've never really looked at Win7 before, but they're all gone! Have to find those realtek drivers again.

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