Chances are, this has happened to you. You’re checking your Facebook and listening to some music on your desktop computer, when the opening notes of your favorite song start to play. You get excited and turn up your speakers, only to be met with static and distorted sound. Although many computers sound good at low volumes, they lack the capacity to play music at louder volumes. There are a few tweaks that you can make to your desktop system to make the sound better at a higher volume.
Set Up Your Speakers
The most simple step that you can take to enhance the sound on your desktop computer is to properly set up and configure your speaker settings. You can do this by opening Audio Devices and Sound Themes. To do so, click on “Start” on your desktop and click on the Control Panel. Select “Hardware and Sound” and then select “Sound”. Find “Playback” and click on it. Click on “Speakers” and “Configure”. Select the Audio Channels and select your speakers from the list. Click on “Test” and listen to the test sounds. You should be able to hear these clearly. Click “Next” and continue through the process of configuring your speakers. Click “Finish”. It should be noted that not all desktop computers will say the same thing in the section to set up the speakers. Sometimes it will say “Audio Channels” instead of “Speakers”, depending on your individual sound card.
Configure Your Audio Effects
Like when you configured your speakers, click “Start” and continue through the process until you come to the section for “Hardware and Sound”. Double-click on the section that says “Enhancements”. The tab will include a list of features that you can use to enhance your desktop speakers’ sound. The speaker fill will allow you to play sound that was designed for two speakers as if there were more than two speakers on the system. Room corrections will use your desktop computer’s microphone to determine where you are in the room and optimize the sound for that location. This is done by calculating the best speaker setting combinations automatically. The virtual surround sound will do exactly what it states – simulate surround sound on your desktop. Speaker phantoming will split sounds that were meant for multiple speakers so that they sound better coming from only two speakers. Bass boost simply boosts the bass so that you can hear more of the beat in your music.
Don’t Forget Your Headphones
Headphone Virtualization is also important for an optimal listening experience on a desktop computer, as headphones may be necessary when other people are in the room. To configure headphone virtualization, follow the steps in step two to get to the “Enchancements” section. Once you’ve reached the enhancements, simply click on headphone virtualization.
Once you have completed the steps above, your desktop computer will have more optimal speakers. So the next time that you hear the opening notes to your favorite song, be sure to crank up your speakers, put on your dancing shoes and dance around the room. Don’t forget to close the blinds to avoid any embarrassing moments!