How to Boost Your Computer's Sound Output


Listening to sound from multimedia files on your computer involves both hardware and software components. Generally these parts work together seamlessly to push audio through your computer's speakers. However, if the original creator of the song or video used low or inadequate audio settings when they produced and edited the media file, then the sound output on the PC might not have enough volume for your listening experience. If you have Windows, you can use a technique that can cause your ears to perceive that there is greater speaker capacity than is actually installed on the PC.

  • Click the "Start" button, the circular Windows orb logo in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. Type "Manage Audio Devices" in the search box at the bottom of the "Start" menu. Press "Enter" to open the "Sound" dialog box.

  • Select the "Playback" tab. Double-click on the device icon labeled "Speakers," which opens a second dialog box.

  • Select the "Enhancements" tab in the "Speakers Properties" dialog box.

  • Check mark "Virtual Surround" in the list of options in the center of the tab.

  • Click the "Apply" and "OK" buttons at the bottom of the tab to implement surround sound from the computer's speaker system, emulating more sound output devices than are actually installed on the PC.

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  • Alternatively, use audio editing software to boost the sound within a music or other type of audio file. Audacity and WavePad are free programs, available for download and installation (see Resources).

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