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Windows 7: Volume not loud enough - how do I bypass volume limit?

26 Apr 2011   #21

Windows 7 Professional

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aetehrwalker View Post
This is possibly an update but on searching google, this thread was the top hit and the actual answer is not in here.

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Select Your Output on the Playback Tab > Properties > Enhancements Tab > Enable "Loudness Equalization"

I'm not sure if this will push the sound levels above a threshold but it should fix problems with things being too quiet at the OS level.

Just wanted to put an actual useful answer in this thread for future searchers.
I was feeling good about this, until I realized there was nothing labeled "Loudness Equalization" to be found...

Anyone know what the deal might be for me? Ugh.

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26 Apr 2011   #22
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

If you want "loud", then you need an amplifier that will do it. The output signal strength from the output sockets has virtually nothing to do with Windows 7 per se, it is dependent on the hardware you use. Some software can increase the output, but usually at the cost of quality.

The usual "el cheapo" active speakers sold as "Computer Speakers" wont do you much good either in respect of "loud" or "quality" either.

If you want really good sound, patch a cable to your sound equipment. If you don't have any sound equipment as such, then something like this is also pretty good; Logitech Z-3e Premium 3-Piece Computer Speaker System: European Version: Electronics Logitech Z-4 2.1 Speaker System with Subwoofer (Black): Electronics

Regards....Mike Connor
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26 Apr 2011   #23

Windows 7 Professional

Thanks for the insight, Mike.

Maybe I'm just SOL on this, but 9/10, I'm using headphones with my laptop. So, hooking up speakers, obviously, wouldn't do me any good. Guess I'm looking for some way to gas up the overall 'power' or sound level of the computer itself. It might be impossible - not sure and if you can't tell, I'm not the savviest - that's why I took to Google on this. This is the first time I've ever had this problem with a computer's default "100%" volume level being so damn quiet. I'm listening to Mediamonkey as I type this and I've tweaked the equalizer on there to get a little more gas and have accepted the sound quality taking a hit, but there has to be a better way for everyday use...or, maybe there's not!
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26 Apr 2011   #24
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Please look at this post and see if you have set the sound to "set to DVD quality"
Low sound volume
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26 Apr 2011   #25

Windows 7 Professional

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
Please look at this post and see if you have set the sound to "set to DVD quality"
Low sound volume
Nope, but thanks - 24bit Studio Quality
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27 Apr 2011   #26
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

It sounds as if the output socket is not producing enough of a signal for your headphones. Maybe you need other headphones. Ear buds usually give much better sound volume, as they do not require so much power to drive them.

You can also try this;

Battery Headphone Amplifier - Battery Headphone Amp - Fireye 1 Micro Headphone Amplifier

Here are some more;

and a google search for "Battery headphone amplifier" will turn up a lot more in various price ranges and quality.

here a few images;

If you are handy with a soldering iron you can easily build one yourself;


There are also various kits available. Even a pretty good battery amplifier for your needs wont cost more than about 20$ maximm if you build it yourself;

There are also some very high quality kits available for driving high end headphones;

there are quite a few similar products available on the market, which will solve all your problems, which in my opinion are simply due to lack of signal strength at the output sockets.

These problems are very common with a lot of portable equipment. Many devices simply do not provide sufficient signal strength to drive good quality earphones.

All "Computer speakers" are active speakers. They have amplifiers built in. Headphones normally don't, they depend on the signal strength of the output. This is a physical limit, you can not change it by using software. To make it louder you have to amplify the signal.

Some more info;

Regards....Mike Connor
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29 Apr 2011   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LoWang View Post
I have the same problem - windows 7 audio is way more quiet then in vista! I will try the creative drivers instead of the built-in ones and will see...

Thats what i did for my laptop i can now hear my music hahaha, Get modified drivers and install them, Simple Google search will get you there
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29 Apr 2011   #28

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I use an M-Audio Delta44 with preamp breakout box to a pair of studio monitors and the volume is SCREAMING. If anything it's TOO loud. The volume is huge with the app volume sliders at like 20%, Windows 7 mixers at 100% and the preamp set at maybe 25%

This behavios seemed identical to when I had the setup on XP.

So yeah, this has a lot more to do with the hardware and drivers than anything else I think. If you want real audiophile sound output and no nonsense, maybe think about getting a real audiophile/no nosense audio card?
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26 May 2011   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate
just found this our hope it helps

set ure audio output jack to headphones tripples the volume in my case i ahve realtek audio card so all i had to do was go in the the realtek manager move mouse over the jack and click props and change it
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26 May 2011   #30


For those folks who are just having a problem choosing the best settings for maximum volume, here's some suggestions:

First, go to Control Panel, Sound (or Hardware + Sound, then Sound), and select Playback
Double-click “Speaker + Dual Headphones” and select Properties, then Advanced, and set the ‘Default Format’ drop-down menu to: 16 bit, 48,000 Hz (DVD quality). You can test each of the different choices to make sure that’s the loudest.

Then open RealTek HD Audio Manager (or whatever audio manager app you have), click on Speakers, and follow on-screen directions to set maximum volume.

Then go to Control Panel + open IDT Audio, Playback
Select “Speakers and Dual Headphones”
Follow on-screen directions for Settings, Setup and Equalization.
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