I dont know, all I know is that the motherboard supports 6.1 decoding?
I dont know **** about sound all that much but 6.1 is very good. Also no laptops dont have 6 speakers its just the hardware built inside it that takes advantage of external speakers so ims ure there be lots of new plugins for sound instead of 1 headphone 1 spdif and im sure the speakers for the future designs should be a lot better (at least god lets hopes so) lol
1] Creative 2.1 speakers (now for 19 dollars at best buy after rebates)
2] Altec Lansing ATP3 (very very good IMO - the speakers are very nice with SOLID sound and bass)
3] Klipsch ProMedia thx 5.1 ($399.00) but worth it
Logitech Z680 digital speakers...
these spank the birds nest everytime!! No point in trying to explain the sound quality - you have to listen to them yourselves. SPDIF ready too!!