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5.1 Channel PCI Surround Sound Card Adapter

Add 5.1 channel audio to a desktop PC through a PCI slot

Product ID: PCISOUND5CH2

  • 5.1 channel surround sound output and mic/line audio input via 3.5mm mini-jacks
  • Supports up to 48KHz/16-bit sampling rate
  • Includes low profile/half-height installation bracket
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  • Supports HRTF 3D audio, Microsoft® DirectSound®/ DirectSound 3D®, and A3D®
  • Supports PCI Version 2.2 with ACPI
  • Full-Duplex operation for recording and playback
  • Three internal auxiliary inputs
  • Built-in 32 OHM Earphone buffer
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£22.79 GBP inc VAT
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Overview

The PCISOUND5CH2 PCI Surround Sound Card lets you add 5.1 channel audio to a desktop PC through a PCI slot, giving you audio output, and microphone/line input via 3.5mm mini-jacks.

A cost-effective multimedia solution for delivering high quality surround sound, this PCI sound card lets you enjoy full-duplex, 48KHz/16bit audio playback/recording, and offers support for HRTF 3D positional audio, Microsoft® DirectSound®, DirectSound 3D®, and A3D®.

Three internal auxiliary input connectors let you connect your CD drive directly to the sound card. If your drive features external control buttons, the card allows playback without impeding your computers performance.

With support for PCI v2.2 and an included low profile/half-height installation bracket, this sound card is an ideal home theatre PC solution that’s perfect for your standard or small form factor (SFF) PC.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Fits into full or low profile/small form factor (SFF) systems, with a dual profile design
  • Upgrade your audio listening experience with 5.1 channel surround sound output

Applications

Replace failed or stereo-only onboard audio in a desktop PC

Build an inexpensive home theater PC or multimedia PC with surround sound capabilities

Provide additional inputs and outputs for multiple audio sources or destinations

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type PCI (5 Volt)
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID C-Media - 8738LX
Performance
Audio Specifications Supports 5.1 Channel 16 bit stereo audio Input and Output Connections: Line In, Mic In, Front-Speaker, Rear-Speaker, Center/Sub-Woofer
Full Duplex Support Yes
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI (5V, 32-bit) Male
External Ports 5 - 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position) Female
Internal Ports 3 - MPC2 (4 pin, Audio) Male
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions Only
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements Available 5V PCI Slot
Microsoft DirectX® 8.1 or later
Environmental
Humidity 5-85% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 120 mm [4.7 in]
Product Length 122 mm [4.8 in]
Product Weight 50 g [1.8 oz]
Product Width 19 mm [0.7 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 146 g [5.2 oz]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - PCI 5.1 Surround Sound Card
1 - Low Profile Bracket
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2
Linux 2.6.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions Only

Certifications

Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Before You Buy

It depends on your motherboard. This PCI card is keyed for 5V PCI and PCI-X slots. If your motherboard's PCI or PCI-X slots are keyed for 5V, this will work.  If it is keyed for 3.3V, it will not.  You can tell which your motherboard is keyed for by the location of the notch on the slot.  To confirm whether this PCI card will fit into your PCI-X slot, refer to your motherboard's documentation.

Installation

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Open the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Right-click the Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions in step 2 to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

Your computer automatically finishes installing the driver and your device should be ready to use.

How to

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a sound card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Stereo audio cables

  • Speakers or headsets

  • Sound card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the stereo audio cables, speakers or headsets, and sound card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different set of stereo audio cables, speakers or headphones, and sound card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the speakers or headsets and sound card, it is recommended that you do the following:

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows XP, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Sound and Audio Devices.
  4. Click the Audio tab.
  5. In the Default device drop-down menu, click the sound card.

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. On the Playback tab, right-click the sound card and click Set as Default Device.

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows 8, do the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. Click the Audio tab.
  6. On the Playback tab, right-click the sound card and click Set as Default Device.
5.1 Channel PCI Surround Sound Card Adapter

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(5 stars) well worth it

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you'll need to download the latest drivers from the website but apart from that this is a lovely piece of kit for the money. excellent customer service.
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wont allow my rear speakers to work the black (rear) port doesnt seem to work
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(5 stars) Perfect

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I had a hard time finding a card that would fit in a smaller PC box. This one fit perfectly and came with the ability to put it in a bigger PC if needed. Absolutely thrilled I finally found one that worked! Quality of sound is good too.
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(5 stars) Amazing Soundcard

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I brought this card as part of a music PC that I'm building. The motherboard's built in sound had gone crazy()making random sounds and cutting out) So, I needed a card and this one works perfectly
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