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Virtual Surround
Experiment with what is best for your speakers, but I don’t recommend setting
it higher than 6 dB with most speakers. Otherwise, you might notice a loss of
high notes in your sound.
Figure 11-2: Windows 8 offers Bass Boost.
Virtual Surround
Virtual Surround enables you to output surround audio over stereo outputs to
a receiver that supports Dolby Pro Logic or another matrix decoder
technology to convert the signal into an analog surround sound system. This feature
is useful only if you have a receiver that does not have a digital input and are
forced to use an analog stereo input. Microsoft really should have called this
feature something else. It really got my hopes up that it would simulate
surround sound using my two stereo speakers the way those old Winamp plug-ins
did several years ago.
Room Correction
The placement of your speakers and the size of the room greatly affect the
sound quality when you are listening to music and watching movies. The Room
Correction enhancement automatically calibrates the volume and delay for each
speaker for the best possible sound quality. This cool enhancement works by
playing various test sounds on all your speakers and using your microphone to
record the result. Next, analysis of the results is preformed and you are presented
with optimal settings for each speaker. Simply OK the calculated settings and
your sound is automatically optimized for all applications that run on your
computer, including Media Center.
In my opinion, Room Correction is one of the best enhancements because it
enables you to optimize your speaker system by just clicking a few buttons. I
remember doing this with my surround sound receiver manually when I got a
home theater system. This feature would have saved me a lot of time, and the
end result produces better sound than the human ear could ever match.
 
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