How To Turn Audio Up Past the Volume Limit on a Windows PC

It’s no secret that Windows PCs have fairly conservative sound settings. Even at 100% it may sound too quiet. This can be frustrating if you want to use your PC to listen to music or watch movies with loud, high quality sound.

Fortunately, you can use a few tricks to take your PC’s sound above the limit. In this article, we’ll show you how to do that.

Turning the volume above the limit

There are several reasons why you may want to increase the volume on your Windows PC beyond the maximum level.

In some situations, you may need to make a video call or join a conference call, and you want to make sure your audio is clear and audible. Additionally, if you’re working in a loud environment, you may need to turn up the volume to hear your audio above the background noise.

Some audio files may be recorded at a lower volume than others, so increasing this may make the sound more even. And finally, if you’re just trying to enjoy some music or other audio content, the maximum volume may not be loud enough to suit your preferences.

Whatever the situation, you’ll be happy to learn that there are several ways to boost your PC’s sound above the default limit.

Let’s see how each method works.

The Loudness Equalizer

Windows 10 includes several audio enhancements that can be used to improve the sound quality of your speakers. By turning on Loudness Equalization, you can increase the overall volume of your speakers and add more depth to the sound.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Right click on the speaker icon on the right side of the taskbar.
  2. Select “Open Sound Settings” from the pop-up menu.
  3. Under ‘Related Settings’, click ‘Sound Control Panel’.
  4. Right click on the speaker icon and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  5. Click on the ‘Enhancements’ tab and check the box next to ‘Loudness Equalizer’.
  6. Press the “Apply” and “OK” buttons to save the changes.

In addition, the graphic equalizer in the enhancements menu can be used to adjust the levels of specific frequencies, allowing you to tune the audio to your liking.

If you’re not happy with the default speaker settings, experiment with the audio enhancements in Windows to find a setup that sounds best for you.

The volume mixer

The volume mixer in Windows 10 is a feature that allows you to control the sound volume of individual applications. This can be useful if, for example, you want to keep the music volume down while taking the sound of another application like Chrome or Skype to the next level.

To access the volume mixer:

  1. Right click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select ‘Volume Mixer’. The volume mixer will then open and show individual sliders for each application that is currently playing sound.
  2. Adjust the slider for the desired application to change the sound volume. You can also mute an application by clicking the “Mute” button next to the slider.
  3. Close the volume mixer window when you’re done.

Equalizer APO

Equalizer APO is a free and open-source parametric equalizer for Windows. It is implemented as an Audio Processing Object (APO) for the system effects infrastructure introduced with Windows Vista. Equalizer APO is designed to help improve the quality of audio output on personal computers.

By default, the Windows audio stack uses a simple, single-band equalizer that does not provide adequate control over the audio output. Equalizer APO solves this problem by providing a much more flexible equalizer that allows users to tune the audio output to their liking.

Here’s how to increase your computer’s volume beyond the default limit with this tool:

  1. Download Equalizer APO. The downloaded files will be sent to your download folder in a zipped format, so you will need a zip extractor to extract individual files, including the installer.
  2. After extracting the files, click the installer to start the installation.
  3. In the configurator window of the installer, choose the devices you want to use with Equalizer APO from the list and then click “OK”.
  4. Reboot your machine as prompted.
  5. Open the “Equalizer APO” installation folder and select the “Config” folder.
  6. Right-click the “Config” file, click “Open With” and select Notepad from the drop-down list.
  7. Increase the “preamp” number to about +15 dB (ideally, don’t go above +20 dB).
  8. Delete all text in the file so that the only piece of text left is “preamp: +15dB”
  9. Save the file and restart your computer.

You can now go ahead and play any audio file of your choice.

While Equalizer APO is primarily designed for use with headphones, it can also be used to improve the sound quality of speakers and other audio output devices.

Turn up the volume

Whether you’re trying to watch a movie or listen to music, sometimes your computer’s sound isn’t loud enough. Using one of the tools discussed in this article, you can make that sound louder and enjoy your audio without worrying about not hearing them properly.

What tricks do you use to get your Windows audio past the limit?

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