There are several sound audio upgrades in Windows 10 that are worth checking out. Here’s how to get to them and what they can do for you.
The sound quality of your computer is influenced by a number of factors. The music, movies, and other sounds you hear on a daily basis are created by a combination of your hardware, headphones or speakers, and software.
Of course, nothing beats investing in a better pair of headphones or a more powerful speaker system. But did you know that Windows 10 comes with some built-in audio improvements that you may experiment with?
Let’s have a look at the various audio improvements in Windows and what they do to the sound on your computer.
How to Enable Windows 10 Sound Enhancements
Open Settings by clicking on the gear symbol in the Start menu or using the Win + I shortcut to view the list of sound improvements. Go to System > Sound from there. To access the same option, right-click the speaker icon in the System Tray in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select Open Sound Settings.
Using the Choose your output device option, pick the device you wish to change. Then, beneath that box, select the Device properties text.
This will take you to a new page where you may choose from a few alternatives for your current audio device. Click the Additional device properties link on the right side. If you don’t see it, horizontally extend the Settings window until it displays.
You’ll now see a new window that seems like it came from the old Control Panel interface. To see all of the possible modes for your headphones, go to the Enhancements page.
What Do Windows 10’s Sound Enhancements Do?
Let’s take a quick look at each of these improvements. Keep in mind that your selections will be limited by the audio device you’re using and the drivers you have installed on your computer.
Only the first three choices below, which are all basic Windows-provided sound improvements, were available in our testing with a set of Bluetooth headphones. Bass Boost and Headphone Virtualization were disabled while using a wired headset or stereo speakers, but others were enabled owing to the Realtek audio driver.
After you’ve checked the boxes for the choices you wish to try, click Apply to hear how they sound. To implement changes, you may need to halt or even restart any programs that are playing audio, depending on your audio output.
If you don’t want to utilize any of the enhancements, tick Disable all enhancements.
1. Bass Boost
This is a very self-explanatory one. Enable this option if you want your music to have greater bass. It will boost your hearing of lower frequencies, giving you more bass.
To fine-tune it, go to Settings and modify the frequency that’s amplified as well as how much it’s enhanced. Increasing this to 9Db or higher causes the sound to become muddy in our tests, but your results may vary depending on your configuration.
2. Headphone Virtualization
This option makes it appear as though you’re listening to surround sound audio, even if you’re using stereo headphones that don’t typically support it. You’ll “hear” audio coming from a variety of directions, not just left and right, and you could hear the music “echoing” off the walls.
You may select from a number of settings by clicking Settings, including Jazz Club, Studio, and Concert Hall. Try each one out and let us know what you think.
3. Loudness Equalization
This option attempts to balance out the sound’s peak and lowest frequencies. As a result, powerful noises (such as explosions in movies) aren’t as overwhelming, but subtle sounds are amplified.
If the maximum level isn’t loud enough, or if you’re listening in a quiet setting, give it a shot. When required, it can assist you to avoid sound extremes, but you’ll miss the dynamic variations made by whomever masters the audio.
This is not recommended for music or games. It will take away the natural highs and lows of listening to music, as well as the ability to notice aural distinctions in video games (such as far-away footsteps being quieter than those up close).
4. Room Correction
This is a unique feature that is generally only seen on surround-sound speaker systems. When you click it, the Room Calibration window appears, which contains some information.
Essentially, this program plays test tones over your speakers, which your microphone then picks up. It analyzes this information and makes recommendations for the optimal settings for your specific configuration.
This enables you to listen in a number of settings, such as a Concert Hall, Underwater, Carpeted Hallway, and others. They’re entertaining for a while, but they’re not something you’ll want to use on a regular basis.
6. Voice Cancellation
This will try to muffle the vocals in songs so you can sing along like a karaoke machine. It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot easier than trying to remove voices from music on your own.
7. Pitch Shift
You may adjust the volume of anything you’re listening to with this option. Each direction includes four stairs that increase or decrease in height. You may use this with the above to bring a karaoke recording closer to your vocal range, or simply hear what your favorite artist would sound like if they had a different voice.
Because it distorts the sound so much, there aren’t many alternative applications for it.
This allows you to tweak your sound’s EQ settings. You may choose from preset options like Pop and Dance, or manually modify each level as needed.
Take Care When Using Windows Audio Enhancements
You now know how to use Windows’ sound improvements and what they do. While it’s worthwhile to test them out, you’re unlikely to utilize any of them for long. The majority of them have flaws since they distort audio in some way.