1. Drew Neilson's Avatar
    I'm using an 8-year-old Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that came with Windows 7; I upgraded it to Windows 10--the Anniversary Update--last year, and installed the Creators' Update recently. Today, I downloaded the app "Dolby Access" from the Windows Store and went through the app's process for setting up Dolby Atmos for headphones. When I watch the demo videos supplied by the app--which at first displayed a message saying that they weren't playing in Atmos, but that message is gone--I don't hear effects above me or far behind me. I know that this surround virtualization using head-related transfer function is processed in software, so it should, in theory, work on all sound cards (integrated and otherwise), but I'm not hearing it, so I want to know what other people's experiences are. Please make sure to state what your sound setup is, starting with your sound card (if you are using a desktop) or what tablet or laptop you are using, and what sound chip is integrated into that tablet or laptop, and what headset or headphones you are using.

    As I said, my laptop is an 8-year-old Dell Inspiron 1545, and regarding its audio driver, the driver is called "High Definition Audio Device" and the driver's provider is Microsoft. I connect my headset--a Sony MDR-AS800AP--to my laptop's headphone and microphone ports through a Y-shaped adapter cable. My headset has the type of earbuds that you don't just put in your outer ear; you have to push them into your inner ear, and so far I haven't gotten a good fit, so maybe I'm not hearing much surround sound because of lost acoustics caused by not having a perfect fit.

    It is worth noting that when it was running Windows 7, it had a control panel (or was it an application?) that was written either by Dell or by the maker of the audio chip, whose name I don't know. For some reason, I want to say "IDT High Definition Audio Device" but I could be wrong. Anyway, after the upgrade, that control panel or application is gone, and I assume that the driver has been replaced with the Microsoft-supplied driver, which I assume is a generic driver. If I find more information about my audio chip, I will post it here.
    04-16-2017 08:44 PM
  2. TristanWu's Avatar
    Hi, firstly after downloading dolby access, it's free btw just check that out @ windows store, then plug in any decent earbud or headphone, preferably not less than 1 year old if not a brand new ones, see if dolby atmos is available for selection, if not, better try to check for newest windows update driver then try it again, disabling any other sound effect, check sound card driver, windows10 using the latest realtek 6.0.1.8224 + classic mode ( for audio director ) Restart again and check if dolby atmos selection appeared. I already bought the apps 14$ something, its just amazing that dolby atmos could produce such incredibly surround, even with a cheap $23 std earbud. My humble opinion is if you manage to get the app working properly, 14$ its nothing to compare the cinema feel with only std earbuds and the best of it, you own it for as long as your laptop or pc last.
    08-30-2017 03:31 AM

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