When watching your favorite movies, what comes first? Is it a good sound or a good image? Better both of course! The big realistic sound is what makes movie more lifelike. When using surround sound audio player it lets you perceive the movie plot even better.
Elmedia Player is a free audio player and its PRO version makes possible to set the output device for your audio. Download the latest version of Elmedia Player and upgrade it to PRO with a license code that is available for purchase on the official website. It is possible to play the audio on your computer's internal speakers, on your display speakers if there are any, or on external speakers or headphones connected to your machine. Analog audio can be played with the speakers built in your computer, digital audio can be output on a digital device, like a home theater.
Choose the device for surround sound playback
Go to Elmedia Preferences and there in Audio menu select the needed device from the Audio device drop-down list. Don't forget to restart playback for new settings to take effect.
Select the number of playback channels
Elmedia Player PRO offers surround sound playback but does not have it activated by default because most commonly computers have stereo equipment. In case your equipment is surround one you can go on and change the “Number of playback channels” in the Preferences -> Audio tab in Elmedia Player. The number of channels to choose from are: two-channel, four-channel, six-channel, or eight-channel sound. You'll hear the sound exactly as intended with 5.1 player for Mac.
For example, choose four channels for quadraphonic playback. Elmedia Player PRO will then output sound in four channels when they are available.
Customize setting for hardware decoders
DVD files' surround sound is usually encoded in AC3 (Dolby Digital) or DTS (Digital Theater System) format. These formats can be decoded internally by some modern audio equipment. If you have Elmedia Player PRO you can set it to relay the sound without decoding. This feature is available if you have an S/PDIF jack in your sound card, or if the audio is transmitted over HDMI.
Enable passthrough for the format your equipment supports. If both AC3 and DTS are supported, you can enable passthrough for both.
Get virtual sound for headphones:
Virtual surround for headphones allows hearing the audio as if it is transcending the headphones, flowing from front to back, and from side to side. This is achieved by converting multichannel audio to a two-channel flow for headphones. Virtual surround for headphones uses the Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTF) technology. This technology implements surround sound experience according to the physics of a human head.
To activate virtual surround for headphones do the following:
- Open Preferences -> Audio -> Virtual surround emulation and tick the Enable for 5 to 6 channel audio playback checkbox.
- Restart playback.
Typically stereo records are intended for speakers - a sound engineer makes the stereo mix to be listened as one channel by both ears. Such sound is usually pretty tiring to listen to in headphones. To get rid of this issue, Elmedia Player PRO offers another audio enhancement Virtual speakers for headphones. Thanks to this option sound becomes similar to the one you can hear from loudspeakers, with both channels for both ears. Head shadowing effect and the distance are taken into consideration. This option is available for two-channel audio.
To activate virtual speakers for headphones do the following:
- Open Preferences -> Audio -> Virtual surround emulation and tick the Enable for stereo checkbox.
- Restart playback.
Version 7.3(1805) (12th May, 2019) Release notes