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

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