How to Play 5.1 Audio in VLC [Change Audio Output]

Playing 5.1 audio in VLC to enhance audio quality

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  • This guide will discuss the steps to play the audio in VLC.
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VLC media player is an open-source media player which can support different video and audio formats. It is popular, easy to use, and comes with the ability 5.1 surround sound audio.

However, if you don’t know how to play 5.1 audio in a VLC player, this guide can help! We will discuss the steps to change the audio output settings in VLC. Let’s get started! 

What can I do to play 5.1 audio in VLC?

1. For DirectX

  1. Launch VLC media player.
  2. Press Ctrl + P to open Preferences
  3. Go to the bottom right-hand side navigation pane, and select the All radio button under the Show settings area. All settings how to play 5.1 audio in vlc
  4. Select and expand the Audio tree, choose Output modules, and select DirectX
  5. Choose your Output device as Dolby and Speaker configuration as Windows Default from the drop-down menus. Audio DirectX how to play 5.1 audio in vlc
  6. Click Save to confirm your choice, then restart your VLC media player. 

2. For the MMDevice

  1. Press Ctrl + P to open Preferences
  2. Go to Audio, then select Output Modules
  3. Click MMDevice.MMDEVICE how to play 5.1 audio in vlc
  4. In the Output back-end drop-down list, choose DirectX audio output
  5. Reboot VLC for it to let the changes take effect.

So, these are steps to play 5.1 audio in the VLC media player. Please let us know in the comments section below if you have questions or concerns. 

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