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Windows 7: Looking for an equalizer?

04 Jan 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 
Looking for an equalizer?

I posted this question months ago and got no responses, then the idea suddenly hit me that I should ask the Sound & Audio forum

I'm not very familiar with Windows and audio (I stream using online players), and I'm looking for an equalizer that can interface with streamed music. Is there anything I can do?

The only information I have regarding my sound setup is the sound card: IDT High Definition Audio CODEC.


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04 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I'm not familiar with the IDT sound, but if it has a "Sound Panel" similar to what RealTek has it may have an equalizer in that.
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04 Jan 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

There is an equalizer in Windows Media Player (WMP).


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04 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I'm not familiar with the IDT sound, but if it has a "Sound Panel" similar to what RealTek has it may have an equalizer in that.
I looked around, but I'm not seeing much in terms of menus...



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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
There is an equalizer in Windows Media Player (WMP).
Does it integrate w/streamed music? I haven't used WMP in years..
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04 Jan 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is what the good book says.

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<H1 class=title>Listen to Internet radio using Windows Media Player
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You can find live audio streams of radio stations on the Internet using the Windows Media Guide website, and then listen to them using Windows Media Player. You can use Windows Media Guide to search for specific stations, or you can browse stations by genre.
To listen to Internet radio
  1. <LI class=step>Click the Start button , click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in Now Playing mode, click the Switch to Library button in the upper-right corner of the Player.
    <LI class=step>Click Media Guide in the lower left corner of the Player Library.
    If the Online stores button is visible instead of the Media Guide button, click the arrow to the right of the Online stores button, and then click Media Guide.
    <LI class=step>Click Internet Radio at the top of the Windows Media Guide webpage.
    <LI class=step>Do one of the following:
    • <LI class=listItem>Browse for a station by clicking on a genre.
    • Click Search for radio stations, type a search term in the search box, and then press Enter.
      You can filter your search results by clicking menus near the search box, and then selecting values for genre, language, and country or region.
  2. Click Listen below the radio station you want to hear.
Note
  • You can also listen to Internet radio using some online stores available in Windows Media Player. For more information, check your online store's website.
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07 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

I guess I should mention that I'm trying to stream music and radio from Google Play Music (from the Chrome web browser), none of my music library is stored locally.
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16 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

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16 Jan 2014   #8

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I don't think there is anything like what you want, especially considering the age of this thread and no one has responded with what you want.

In reference to my original post, to see if you have some sort of IDT sound options, go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound. See if any IDT application is listed.
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27 Jan 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
I don't think there is anything like what you want, especially considering the age of this thread and no one has responded with what you want.

In reference to my original post, to see if you have some sort of IDT sound options, go to the Control Panel/Hardware and Sound. See if any IDT application is listed.
I keep bumping this thread is because I look over and see the Android OS brimming with equalizers in the Google Play Store. I'm trying to understand why Windows hasn't been given the same attention, the platform has been around much longer.

I did finally discover the built-in EQ to my system, it was inside Hardware And Sound all this time. For some reason I completely glanced over it, assuming everything was inside "Sound".

Control Panel > Hardware And Sound > IDT Audio Control Panel
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27 Jan 2014   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Third party equalisers are rare in windows as there is usually an equaliser in the application used to play media,

Some sound card/chip manufacturers do provide them, and even some of the default windows sound drivers do also. Realtek, which is probably now the defacto standard for windows sound, for example, supplies one plus other spacialisation options.

Of course as soon as you start to playback in WMP or VLC for example their built in sound control systems will take over

The android market is very different to the windows market as they tend to be producing sound through small, underpowered and often low quality speakers in phones and tablets, these do tend to need a bit of enhancement, Most of the Windows devices, even laptops tend to have better audio hardware to begin with so are in less need of enhancement.

For your particular usage as stated above you could take a look here which may help, or check out VLC which fully supports streaming and has a full set of sound shaping built in
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