Question Connect laptop to 5.1 speakers

Dec 7, 2020
I know there are threads about this but none answer my question.

I want to play 5.1 content on my soundbar from my laptop.

my current set up is:

Hdmi cable from my laptop to soundbar and hdmi arc to projector.

i watch movies which have 5.1 format

But I can only select stereo on my laptop despite my soundbar having 5.1 and being connected via HDMi

And if I connect via hdmi just 5.1 sound without arc to projector I can still only select stereo

i thought I could play 5.1 content via HDMI but can only select stereo.

do you know why? Is it because of the sound card??
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