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How To Improve Sound Quality On Windows 11

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In October 2021, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, the replacement for Windows 10. Windows 11 has gotten mixed reviews from customers and industry experts since its release. One thing is certain, though: the new operating system has a ton of useful features, like a revamped Action Center, Universal Media Control, and Snap Layouts. You may tweak and enhance the audio quality of your desktop or laptop under Windows 11’s comprehensive Sound settings area.

We can’t emphasize enough how crucial your device’s overall sound quality is; it has an impact on how enjoyable watching a movie, listening to music, or just participating in a video conference for business or taking an online course will be. Although your device’s audio output largely depends on the hardware you have, Windows 11 has features that let you fine-tune the output.

Spend some time with the Sound characteristics feature in Windows 11 whether you utilize large tower speakers, wireless headphones, or wired earphones. If you’re here because you’re having problems with sound quality, this information might also be useful to you.

Enable Audio Enhancements and Spatial Audio

The first thing you should do if you want your Windows 11 device’s audio to sound better is turn on Audio Enhancements. It is an attribute that automatically improves the sound quality for the installed hardware (via wccftech). You may easily enable the feature by following these instructions.

Press your Windows + X keys and click System to access System Settings.

Click Sound.

Scroll down and locate the Advanced section, then select All sound devices.

Select the audio device for which you want to improve the sound quality.

In the Properties menu, click the arrow next to Audio Enhancements and select Device Default Effects.

Spatial Audio is a further aspect that can improve the overall sound quality. By simulating surround sound for compatible programs and media, Spatial Audio in Windows 11 improves the audio quality. Enabling spatial audio may be useful if you enjoy viewing movies or playing games on your desktop or laptop.

On your taskbar in the lower-right of your screen, right-click on the speaker icon.

Select Sound Settings.

Click on the arrow beside your audio device and scroll down to locate the Spatial Audio option.

Click on the option and select Windows Sonic for Headphones.

As you read the rest of this article, keep an eye on the Sound menu in System Settings because we’ll be coming back to it multiple times.

Increase Sample Rate and change Audio Profile

Increase the Sample Rate to some level if the audio coming from your Windows 11 device is distorted. The bit depth has an impact on the sound your hardware produces in addition to the Sample Rate. Setting a greater Sample Rate is typically the best course of action (via GuidingTech).

Press your Windows + X keys and click System to open System Settings.

Click Sound.

Select and click on an audio device to open the Properties menu. 

Locate the Output settings menu and click on the drop-down menu next to Format.

Test different combinations of Sample Rate and Bit Depth and select the one that sounds best. 

Windows 11 includes audio presets including Virtual Surround, Loudness Equalization, and Bass Boost in addition to Sample Rate. Give many audio settings a try and choose the one that works best for you if you want to obtain better audio from your device.

Press your Windows + X keys and click System to open System Settings.

Click Sound.

Scroll down and select More Sound Settings.

In the window, select the audio device and double-click to open its properties. 

On the top of the window, select Enhancements.

You should now see all the available audio profiles with options like Environment, Voice Cancellation, Pitch Shift, and Virtual Surround. 

Experiment with different audio profiles and once you select one, select it and click Apply. 

Customize sound via equalizer and update audio drivers

Windows 11 includes audio presets including Virtual Surround, Loudness Equalization, and Bass Boost in addition to Sample Rate. Give many audio settings a try and choose the one that works best for you if you want to obtain better audio from your device.

Adjust the bars and listen for audio changes. When finished, give the equalizer setting a name to save it. You can choose from settings like Pop, Live, Club, Rock, Treble, Bass, and more by clicking the drop-down menu next to Setting if you’re having trouble understanding how the equalizer works. You do not need to bother about manually setting the equalization because of these settings, which adjust it appropriately.

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Last but not least, make sure your Windows 11 laptop or PC’s audio drivers are up to date. Press the Windows key and X to bring up a menu; from there, choose Device Manager. Select Update Driver from the context menu when you right-click on the relevant audio device under Sound, Video, and Game Controllers. After that, install the most recent audio drivers for your system by adhering to the directions displayed on the screen. Regular audio driver updates guarantee the best sound quality and ensure that your devices are interoperable.

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