I’m on Freya with all the latest updates. I’d like to use 5.1 surround sound output via HDMI, but the sound settings only offer me stereo output via HDMI. I tested Xubuntu 15.04 (Vivid), booted from a thumb drive, which gave me surround options via HDMI out of the box.

Is there any way to get whatever is needed from a ppa or other source? Or do I have to migrate that machine to Vivid?

  • Which graphics card do you have? Might be a driver issue. Which player do you use? Might be a player issue. Etc. Please provide some more information.
    – bigbang
    Aug 7, 2015 at 9:48

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have you tried using pulse audio?

sudo apt-get install pavucontrol

open it and check the configuration tab and you will find options there. I am using elementary OS and found the same option though haven't used it.

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