In this guide, we will see how to improve the sound of your Windows computer to get much louder and clearer audio.
There are many users who do not care about the volume of their PC or even have their speakers disconnected, but there are many others who listen to music, radio, videos, or even series and movies on a daily basis.
Content that on many occasions has been recorded at a very low volume, and no matter if we try to turn up the volume of our PC, we will still not be able to hear the audio well.
This is exactly what we want to talk about in this article, which is to adjust and increase the volume in Windows. Something that can be done with external settings or programs.
This is because we can find some multimedia files or Internet platforms with very low sound. In this guide, we will try to increase the volume of the audio output of the PC.
How to hear the sound better and get louder sound on Windows PC
How to increase the volume in your browser
Taking into account that Google Chrome is the most used browser in the world and that today most of the content we play is streaming, we can use an extension that allows us to amplify the volume and therefore have no problems when it comes to listening to any content.
In this sense, Volume Master is an extension for Chrome which, as the name suggests, allows us to increase the volume of the computer and the Google browser. In particular, this extension promotes the increase in sound by up to 600%. To do this, the first thing we need to do is go to the Google Chrome Store and add Volume Master to our browser.
To increase the volume of what we are playing in the browser, all we have to do is click on the extension icon and select an increase that can go from 0% to 600%. Therefore, this extension allows us to increase the volume of anything we listen to via Chrome browser up to 6 times, from a youtube video to a streaming TV series.
If instead, we are one of those who use the Mozilla web browser, Firefox, unfortunately, we do not have the same extension compatible with this browser, so we will have to look for something similar to the previous one on the Mozilla add-ons page.
In this sense, SoundFixer is a Firefox add-on or extension that was developed to help users solve the typical sound problems we may encounter when playing content on YouTube.
It has two controls that allow you to correct those audios that are heard very high or very low, as well as those that for some reason are heard through a single channel. Therefore, it can help us to increase the volume of videos in general in Firefox.
Increase the volume of your Windows 10 PC
Microsoft’s operating system has certain settings to improve sound reproduction on your computer, control the volume of certain specific programs or applications, etc.
If we open the Configuration page of Windows 10, Win + I, and go to the System> Sound option, we will find the possibility to choose the output device for the system sound, the volume controller, and immediately below, a link to the troubleshoot audio problems in Windows 10.
Therefore, we can try to increase the system default volume or start the audio troubleshooter to check that we have no problems with the PC. We can also access the audio settings or the audio troubleshooter by clicking on the speaker icon displayed in the system tray.
If we have volume problems with some applications, then we can try to amplify the volume of some of them from the Windows 10 volume mixer. To do this, we click on the speaker icon that appears in the taskbar with the right button mouse button and select the Volume Mixer option.
This will show us the volume controls for each of the applications open on the desktop that can play the sound. In this way, we can increase the volume to the maximum in that application in case the sound gets too low.
Improve sound quality on Windows
Windows 10 offers another option to improve system sound quality. The first thing we need to do is open the control panel, enter the Audio option and then select the Playback tab. There, we select our system speakers and click on the Properties button shown below right.
This will open the speaker properties window where, within the Enhancements tab, we will find the Loudness Equalization option, which is the one we have to choose and which will allow us to select various improvements in the sound configuration.
Turn on the sound equalizer in Windows 10
Windows 10 has an application to play music and that allows us to make some adjustments and improve the sound of the system while listening to music.
The tool we are referring to is Groove, an application that we can open simply by typing its name in the search box on the taskbar and clicking on the result that is shown.
A window with the program interface will open and we will have to access its configuration from the gear icon that appears at the bottom left. Once there, click on the Equalizer option in the Playback section and a window will open from which we can customize different frequency levels in order to increase the audio volume.
Increase the volume beyond the allowable limit of a Windows PC
But if these Windows 10 options don’t allow us to solve our problem, we can use third-party applications to boost your PC’s volume beyond the limit.
In this sense, Letasoft Sound Booster is a free tool with which we can increase the volume of our computer up to 500%.
To start using Letasoft Sound Booster, the first thing we need to do is download and install the tool on the computer. Once this is done, we launch the application and we will see how a volume controller will appear on the right side of the Windows 10 taskbar.
From there we will be able to activate or deactivate this controller, as well as adjust the setting to increase the system volume by up to 500%.
Increase the volume of VLC beyond the maximum
The popular VLC multimedia program that many of you have on your computer allows us to increase the volume of the content we listen to above normal.
The first thing we do is launch the program and go to the Tools/Preferences menu option. Then we mark the All option at the bottom of the window.
In the left panel, in the list that appears, we go to Interface/Main Interfaces/Qt.
So if we take a look at the bottom of the right panel, we will see an entry called Maximum Volume displayed, so just set it to 300 to increase VLC’s sound limit. In case, the program can be downloaded for free from here.
Use an external audio amplifier
But if you really need to hear the sound from your PC loud, clearly and without distortion, another recommendation would be to use a sound amplifier.
Most professional and semi-professional audio systems consist of an audio source, an amplifier, and speakers. In this case, the sound source would be our PC and between this and the speakers, we have to place an audio amplifier.
Depending on the model and features we have different input connections, but with the appropriate cable (Jack, RCA, XLR, etc.) we can connect our audio output to the amplifier input. On the other hand, we need to connect our speakers to the audio output of the amplifier.
The operation of the amplifier is the same as for applications to increase the volume, but with the difference that this is done without directly acting on the audio track, in this way no quality will be lost and no annoying distortions will be heard.
There is a wide variety of models on the market with more or less output power, so it will be easy to find a system that suits your needs.