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

17 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1
Volume not loud enough - how do I bypass volume limit?

I like to listen to music loudly sometimes. I have both the volume mixer and my application's volume set to maximum levels, but it's not loud enough for my liking. Is there any way to increase the maximum sound volume in Win7?

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17 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

I don't think they have altered the Volume limit in Windows 7 but you could always have a play with Graphic equalizer to see if you can increase it a bit there.
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17 Mar 2009   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Do you have external speakers? Works a charm if you dont
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18 Mar 2009   #4

Windows 7RC 64bit build710

Yea...the onboard amplifier leaves a lot to be desired. It's not necessarily a Windows thing it's a Motherboard thing. Get externally amplified speakers and you are golden my friend.
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27 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ult x64

external amplification is always a plus... but its not the solution

I have 400 watts (at 4 ohms) going to each of my front speakers, the aplifier weighs 100 pounds. Even with this kind of power (and I do admit, I should probably go for 1Kw some day) I find that the volume is lacking in windows.

I seek Bit Perfect audio, I want to bypass all the modification to the sound as it goes through the sound card, and especially the OS. I want myvolume to be controlled by my preamp, not by winamp, windows, or anything else.

Anyone have ideas?
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27 Apr 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RC1

I primarily use headphones. My speakers have plenty of volume, and my headphones are fine most of the time, except when I'm watching something with lower-than-normal volume, or music that I want to listen to louder than usual.
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27 Apr 2009   #7

Windows 7 7201, Backtrack 4

Try enabling "Loudness Equalization" in your sound card settings, if available. You should see a bit of a boost in volume from that.
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29 Apr 2009   #8

Vista Enterprise x64 SP1

Or maybe a hearing aid, after all that music louder than usual you might need it.
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15 Jun 2009   #9

Windows 7 64 bit

Update your sound drivers with drivers from your sound cards Manf. Windows 7 installed its drivers for my Audigy 2 plat.... Sound was very quiet... I installed Creatives drivers... Volume half way up is much louder than the original drivers. Good luck.
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05 Aug 2009   #10

Windows vista home premium and Windows 7RC1

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...
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