The sound in Windows 10 is degraded, what should I do? Sound enhancement software

sound degradation Good day!

When updating the OS to Windows 10 (well, or installing this OS) – quite often you have to deal with a deterioration in sound: firstly, it becomes quiet and even with headphones when watching a movie (listening to music) you can hardly do something then disassemble; secondly, the sound quality itself becomes lower than it was before, sometimes 'stuttering' is possible (it is also possible: wheezing, hissing, crackling, for example, when, while listening to music, you click browser tabs …).

In this article, I want to give some tips that helped me fix the sound situation on computers (laptops) with Windows 10. In addition, I will recommend programs that can slightly improve the sound quality. So..

Note! 1) If your sound is too quiet on a laptop / PC, I recommend the following article: 2) If you have no sound at all, read the following information:


  • 1. Setting Windows 10 to improve sound quality
    • 1.1. Drivers are the 'head' to everything
    • 1.2. Improving the sound in Windows 10 with a couple of 'daws'
    • 1.3. Checking and configuring the audio driver (for example Dell Audi o, Realtek)
  • 2. Programs for improving and adjusting sound
    • 2.1. DFX Audi o Enhancer / enhancement of sound quality in players
    • 2.2. Hear: hundreds of sound effects and settings
    • 2.3. Sound Booster – volume booster
    • 2.4. Razer Surround – headphone sound enhancement (games, music)
    • 2.5. Sound Normalizer – sound normalizer for MP3, WAV, etc.

1. Setting Windows 10 to improve sound quality

1.1. Drivers are the 'head' to everything

A few words about the reason for the 'bad' sound

In most cases, when switching to Windows 10, the sound is degraded due to the drivers. The fact is that the built-in drivers in the OS itself Windows 10 are not always 'perfect'. In addition, all sound settings made in the previous version Windows are reset, which means that you need to set the parameters again.

Before moving on to sound settings, I recommend (strongly!) That you install the latest driver for your sound card. It is best to do this using the official website, or specials. programs for updating drivers (a few words about one of these below in the article).

How to find the latest driver

I recommend using DriverBooster. First, it will automatically detect your hardware and check on the Internet to see if there are updates for it. Secondly, to update the driver, you just need to mark it with a tick and click the 'update' button. Thirdly, the program makes automatic backups – and if you don't like the new driver, you can always roll back the system to its previous state.

Full program overview: https: //

Analogs of the DriverBooster program: https: //

DriverBooster - 9 drivers need to be updated ...

DriverBooster – 9 drivers need to be updated …

How to tell if there is a problem with a driver

To make sure that you have a sound driver in your system at all and does not conflict with others, it is recommended to use the device manager.

To open it – press the key combination Win + R, then the Run window should appear – in the Open line enter the command devmgmt.msc and press Enter. An example is shown below.

Opening Device Manager at Windows 10

Opening Device Manager at Windows 10.

Remark! By the way, you can open dozens of useful and necessary applications through the Run menu: https: //

Next, find and open the 'Sound, game and video devices' tab. If you have an audio driver installed, something like 'RealtekHigh Definition Audi o' (or the name of the audio device, see screenshot below) should be present.

-Device Manager

Device Manager: Sound, Game and Video Devices

By the way, pay attention to the icon: there should not be any yellow exclamation marks or red crosses on it. For example, the screenshot below shows how a device for which there is no driver in the system will look like.

Unknown device: there is no driver for this equipment

Unknown device: there is no driver for this equipment

Note! Unknown devices for which there is no driver in Windows, as a rule, are located in the device manager in a separate 'Other devices' tab.

1.2. Improving the sound in Windows 10 with a couple of 'daws'

The preset sound settings in Windows 10, which the system sets itself, by default, do not always work well with some type of equipment. In these cases, sometimes, it is enough to change a couple of checkboxes in the settings to improve the sound quality.

To open these sound settings: right click on the volume icon volume icon in the tray next to the clock. Next, in the context menu, select the 'Playback devices' tab (as in the screenshot below).

Important! If you have lost the volume icon, I recommend this article: https: //

Playback devices

Playback devices

1) Check the default audio output device

This is the first “Playback” tab, which must be checked without fail. The fact is that you can have several devices in this tab, even those that are not currently active for you. And an even bigger problem is that Windows can, by default, select and make the wrong device active. As a result, your sound is increased to the maximum, but you do not hear anything. sound is coming to the wrong device!

The recipe for getting rid is very simple: select each device in turn (if you don't know exactly which one to choose) and make it active. Next, test each of your choices, during the test the device will be chosen by you by itself …

Selecting a default audio device

Selecting a default audio device

2) Checking for improvements: loudness compensation and loudness leveling

After the device for sound outputs is selected, go to its properties. To do this, just click on this device with the right mouse button and select this option in the menu that appears (as in the screenshot below).

Speaker properties

Speaker properties

Next, you need to open the 'Improvements' tab (Important! In Windows 8, 8.1 – there will be a similar tab, only it is called 'Additional features' differently).

In this tab, it is advisable to put a tick in front of the 'tone compensation' item and press 'OK' to save the parameters (Important! In Windows 8, 8.1 – you need to select the 'Volume equalization' item).

I also recommend trying to turn on surround sound, in some cases the sound becomes much better.

Enhancement Tab - Speaker Properties

Enhancements Tab – Speaker Properties

3) Checking the tab additionally: sampling rate and additional. sound media

Also, in case of problems with sound, I recommend opening the tab additionally (all this is also in the properties of the speakers). Here you need to do the following:

  • check the bit depth and sampling rate: if your quality is low, set it better and look at the difference (and it will be in any case!). By the way, the most popular frequencies today are 24bit / 44100 Hz and 24bit / 192000Hz;
  • turn on the checkbox opposite the 'Enable additional sound tools' item (by the way, not everyone will have such a settings item!).

Additional Sound Aids

Enable additional audio

Sampling rates

Sampling rates

1.3. Checking and configuring the audio driver (for example Dell Audi o, Realtek)

Also, in case of problems with sound, before installing the special. programs, I still recommend trying to configure the driver. If there is no icon in the tray next to the clock to open its panel, then go to the control panel – the 'Hardware and Sound' section. At the bottom of the window there should be a link to their settings, in my case it looks like 'Dell Audi o' (example in the screenshot below).

Hardware and Sound - Dell Audi o

Hardware and Sound – Dell Audi o

Further in the window that opens, pay attention to the folds for improving and adjusting the sound, as well as the additional tab, in which the connectors are often indicated.

Note! The fact is that if you connected, say, headphones to the audio input of the laptop, and another device (some kind of headset) is selected in the driver settings, then the sound will either be distorted or not at all.

The moral here is simple: check if the audio device connected to your device is properly installed!

Connectors: Select the connected device

Connectors: Select the connected device

Also, the sound quality may depend on the preset acoustic settings: for example, the effect 'in a large room or hall' is selected and you will hear an echo.

Acoustic system

Speaker system: adjust the size of the headphones

The Realtek Manager has all the same settings. The panel is somewhat different, and in my opinion, for the better: everything is clearer on it and the entire control panel is in front of your eyes. In the same panel, I recommend opening the following tabs:

  • speaker configuration (if using headphones, try turning on surround sound);
  • sound effect (try resetting it altogether to default settings);
  • room correction;
  • standard format.

Configuring Realtek

Configuring Realtek (clickable)

2. Programs for improving and adjusting sound

On the one hand Windows there are enough tools for adjusting the sound, at least all the basics are there. On the other hand, if you are faced with something not standard that goes beyond the most basic, then you will hardly find the necessary options among the standard software (and in the audio driver settings you will not always find the necessary options). That is why you have to resort to third-party software …

In this subsection of the article, I want to cite some interesting programs that help to 'finely' adjust and tune the sound on a computer / laptop.

2.1. DFX Audi o Enhancer / enhancement of sound quality in players

Website: https: //

This is a special plug-in that can significantly improve the sound in applications such as: AIMP3, Winamp, Windows Me dia Player, VLC, Skype and others. The sound quality will be improved by improving the frequency characteristics.

DFX Audi o Enhancer is able to fix 2 main drawbacks (which, usually, cannot be solved by itself Windows and its default drivers):

  1. surround and superbass modes are added;
  2. eliminates high frequency cut and stereo base separation.

After installing DFX Audi o Enhancer, as a rule, the sound becomes better (clearer, no rattles, clicks, stuttering), the music starts playing with the highest quality (as far as your equipment allows :)).

DFX - settings window

DFX – settings window

The following modules are built into the DFX software (which improve the sound quality):

  1. Harmonic Fidelity Restoration – module for compensating high frequencies, which are often cut off when encoding files;
  2. Ambience Processing – creates an 'ambience' effect when playing music, movies;
  3. Dynamic Gain Boosting – a module for increasing the intensity of sound;
  4. HyperBass Boost – a module that compensates for the lower frequencies (when playing songs, it can add deep bass);
  5. Headphones Output Optimization – a module for optimizing the sound in headphones.

All in all, DFX deserves a very high rating. I recommend it to everyone who has problems with sound tuning.

2.2. Hear: hundreds of sound effects and settings

Officer. website: https: //

2016-10-02-The main window of the Hear program

The Hear program significantly improves the sound quality in various games, players, video and audio programs. In its arsenal, the program has dozens (if not hundreds :)) of settings, filters, effects that can adapt to the best sound on almost any equipment! The number of settings and possibilities is amazing to test them all: it can take you a lot of time, but it's worth it!

Modules and Features:

  • 3D Sound is a surround effect, especially useful when watching movies. It will seem that you yourself are in the center of attention, and the sound is approaching you from the front, and from behind, and from the sides;
  • Equalizer – full and total control over sound frequencies;
  • Speaker Correction – helps to increase the frequency range and amplify the sound;
  • Virtual subwoofer – if you do not have a subwoofer, the program may try to replace it;
  • Atmosphere – helps create the desired 'atmosphere' for the sound. Do you want an echo as if you were listening to music in a large concert hall? You are welcome! (there are a lot of effects);
  • Fidelity Control is an attempt to remove noise and restore the 'coloration' of the sound to the point it was in the actual sound before it was recorded on the media.

2.3. Sound Booster – volume booster

Developer site: http: //

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A small but extremely useful program. Its main task: amplification of sound in various applications, for example, such as: Skype, audio player, video players, games, etc.

It has a Russian interface, you can configure hotkeys, and there is also an autoload option. The volume can be increased up to 500%!

Sound Booster setup

Sound Booster setup

Remark! By the way, if your sound is too quiet (and you want to increase its volume), then I also recommend using the tips from this article: https: //

2.4. Razer Surround – headphone sound enhancement (games, music)

Developer site: https: //

logo razer surround

This program is designed to change the sound quality of the headphones. With revolutionary new technology, Razer Surround lets you customize your surround sound settings for any stereo headphone! Perhaps the program is one of the best of its kind, the surround sound effect that is achieved in it cannot be achieved in other analogues …

Key features:

  • 1. Support for all popular OS Windows: XP, 7, 8, 10;
  • 2. Customization of the application, the ability to conduct a series of tests to fine tune the sound;
  • 3. Voice Level – adjust the volume of the sound of your interlocutor;
  • 4. Voice clarity – adjusting the sound during negotiations: helps to achieve crystal clear sound;
  • 5. Sound normalization – normalization of sound (helps to avoid loudness 'spread');
  • 6. Bass boost – a module for increasing / decreasing bass;
  • 7. Support for any headsets, headphones;
  • 8. There are ready-made profiles of settings (for those who want to quickly configure a PC for work).

Razer Surround is the main program window.

Razer Surround is the main program window.

2.5. Sound Normalizer – sound normalizer for MP3, WAV, etc.

Developer site: http: //

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Sound normalizer: main program window.

This program is designed to 'normalize' music files like: Mp3, Mp4, Ogg, FLAC, APE, AAC and Wav, etc. (almost all music files that can be found on the net). Normalization refers to restoring the volume and sound of files.

In addition, the program quickly converts files from one audio format to another.

Advantages of the program:

  • 1. Ability to increase the volume in files: MP3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AAC at the average (RMS) and peak level.
  • 2. Batch processing of files;
  • 3. File processing is performed using specials. Lossless Gain Adjustment algorithm – which normalizes the sound without re-encoding the file itself, which means that the file will not be damaged even if it is repeatedly 'normalized';
  • 3. Converting files from one format to another: P3, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AAC by average (RMS);
  • 4. During operation, the program saves ID3 tags, album covers;
  • 5. In the presence there is a built-in player that will help you see how the sound has changed, correctly adjust the volume increase;
  • 6. Database of changed files;
  • 7. Support for the Russian language.


Supplements on the topic of the article are welcome! Good luck with the sound …

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