How to Improve or Fix Sound Quality in Windows 10/11


There is nothing more frustrating than encountering an audio issue just when you are having an important video conference or settling down with popcorn to enjoy your favourite movie on your laptop. Situations like these, where we get stuck into audio problems and poor sound quality affect both our work-related and casual activities.

From listening music and streaming videos to giving office presentations and editing audio files, sound plays a crucial role, and that’s why it becomes important to keep your Windows audio driver and sound settings in an error-free state. In this article, we have enlisted the different ways in which you can improve or fix the sound quality in your Windows 10 or 11 and enjoy a seamless audio playback experience.

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Ways to Improve Sound Quality in Windows 10/11

There are various ways by which you can improve your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC sound quality. You can adjust volume or balance, turn on spatial sound, enable volume enhancement, etc. We have compiled all the possible ways by which you can enhance the sound quality of your Windows PC.

  1. First, open the Control Panel in your Windows 11 or 10 and then go to Hardware and Sound. If you don’t see this option, change the View by to Category.
    windows control panel

  2. Next, click on Sound.
    Sound option in control panel

  3. Select the playback device of which you want to improve sound quality and then click on Properties. Under the properties settings, we will tweak the setting to fix the sound quality.
    speaker sound properties

1. Adjusting Sound Levels and Balance

  1. Go to the Levels tab. Here you can adjust the volume of your selected playback device. If you want to balance the left and right audio output, then click on Balance and adjust the sound using the slider or by entering the values. Click OK and then Apply.
    audio levels setting

2. Enabling Audio Enhancements

  1. In the Advanced tab, select the highest sample rate and bit depth available for the best audio resolution. Then check the Enable audio enhancements and click Apply.
    advanced audio setting

3. Enabling Spatial Sound

  1. Go to the Spatial Sound tab and from the dropdown menu select Windows Sonic for Headphones or other spatial sound format if you have and then click on Apply. This is one of the best audio settings where you can observe a significant change in audio output, especially when you are wearing a headphone.
    windows spatial sound

4. Customizing Program Events Sounds

  1. After opening the Sound settings in the Control Panel, go to the Sounds tab. Here you can change the different sounds for different program events. For example: you can change the sound of Windows shutdown and startup, critical battery alarm, asterisk, etc. After customization, click on Apply for the changes to take effect.
    windows sound theme setting

5. Using Third-Party Audio Enhancer

  1. If you looking to further enhance the audio quality in your Windows by manually configuring bass, treble, and other settings, then you can download a third-party audio enhancement software and FxSound is one of the best audio equalizers that you can consider. It is easy to use and its free version gives you several customization options with different profiles. you can download it from here.
    Fxsound audio enhancer app

Ways to Fix Sound Quality in Windows 10/11

If you’re experiencing issues with sound on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC then there are below steps you can follow to troubleshoot the problem to fix the sound quality.

1. Troubleshooting Audio

  1. Open your Windows Settings, go to System, and click on Troubleshoot.
    windows system settings

  2. Select Other troubleshooters.
    other troubleshooters option

  3. Beside Audio, click on Run. If the troubleshooter detects any issue with your audio device, it will fix it.
    run troubleshoot

2. Updating Audio Driver

  1. Sometimes, outdated audio drivers create issues with sound quality and output, so it’s better to keep it updated. To update the audio driver, right-click on the Windows icon and then select Device Manager. In Device Manager, double-click the sound, video and game controllers option, right-click on the audio driver, and then click on Update driver.
    windows device manager

  2. Select Search automatically for drivers and wait for the driver to update. Then Restart your PC and the audio issue will likely be solved.
    update audio driver

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Abhishek Mahato

Exploring the realm of the internet is one of the leisure pursuits of Abhishek. He's is fond of gadgets & games, and likes to put his learnings into useful tech articles for you.