How to improve audio quality on a Windows 11 PC

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Windows 11 comes with a newly developed audio customization interface and enhancement features. You can use it to optimize your system's audio settings to enhance your gaming and multimedia entertainment experience.

While the quality of the audio output from your PC largely depends on your hardware, software optimization can simply add that little extra. Here we show you how to customize the sound settings to improve the sound quality on your Windows 11 PC.


Enable audio enhancement in Windows 11

When enabled, the Enhance Audio feature in Windows 11 automatically improves the sound quality for the current speaker configuration.


This feature includes improvements Bass boost , Headphone Virtualization e Loudness Equalization . Let's take a look at how to turn on Enhance Audio, then we'll go into Enhancement properties.

To enable Enhance Audio:

  • Awards Win + I to open Settings .
  • In Settings, click Sound .
  • In the  output , click on your audio device.
  • Scroll down to the section Output settings. Here, turn on the switch for Enhance audio and set it to On .
  • If you are playing audio, you should immediately notice some change in quality.

You can customize it further by disabling individual enhancements. To do this, click on the Advanced link in the tab Enhance audio to open the property of the output device.

In the Properties window, select one of the Bass Boost, Headphone Virtualization and Loudness Equalization enhancements to disable it. click on Apply e OK per salvare I modified it.

Back in the audio settings window, you can also fine-tune the output settings. Click the drop-down list for Format to change the sound quality of the speaker or headphones. Then drag the slider for the left channel and the channel right to adjust the audio channel.



Enable spatial sound in Windows 11

Spatial Sound offers an immersive audio experience for headphones and speakers by positioning the audio with the utmost precision. Windows 11 supports multiple spatial audio formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS Headphone.

Windows 11 offers the Windows Sonic Spatial Audio Format for Headphones out of the box. You can use it with any headphones, earphones or earphones to experience immersive sound effects in games and movies.

To enable spatial sound in Windows 11:

  • Awards Win + I to open Settings .
  • In the tab System , you open Sound in the right pane.
  • In the  output , click the audio device (headphone or speaker).
  • Scroll down to the section Spatial sound . Then, click the drop-down menu for Market and select Windows Sonic per cuffie.

Some laptop manufacturers include the DTS Headphone: X spatial audio format as an integrated spatial audio solution. If not, you can add more spatial audio format support to your PC via third party tools. There are two popular spatial sound formats: and. You can download them from the Microsoft Store and configure them to work with your PC.

Both of these audio formats are premium tools, so you will need to have a license to use them. DTS Sound Unbound offers a 14-day trial, while Dolby Access is limited to 7 days of free use. Use the trial version and take them for a spin before committing to a purchase.

Use third-party Sound Booster and Enhancer

You can further integrate your speaker's audio quality by using a third-party audio enhancement app or audio equalizer. Useful if you are using low-end or mid-range audio equipment.


Third-party audio enhancement tools include spatial sound effects, equalizer presets, volume booster, app volume control, and even a built-in media player.


Update the audio device driver

If you are experiencing audio quality issues, try updating your audio device drivers. Installing updated audio drivers can help you get the most out of your audio equipment.

To check for audio driver updates:

  • Go up Settings> Sound and click on your audio device. The Properties page will show your headphones and other related information in the upper right corner.
  • click on Check for driver updates . It will take you to the Windows update page.
  • click on Check for updates to find pending updates. Download and install any updates and restart your PC to apply the changes.

If no updates are available, go to Windows Update> Advanced Options> Optional Updates . Look for system-related updates from your laptop manufacturer. Select all updates and click Download and install.


Alternatively, you can also install driver updates using Device Manager. Here's how to do it.

  • Awards Win + R to open Run.
  • Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager.
  • Expand the section Sound, video and game controllers .
  • Right-click the audio device (NVIDIA High Definition Audio, Realtek Audio) and select Update Driver.
  • Select Automatically searches for drivers. Windows will scan for pending driver updates and install them if available.

Enhance the audio quality of the microphone input

You can configure the input device settings to improve the microphone quality. To do this, go up Settings> Audio and scroll down to the section Input .


Here you can adjust the input volume, change the format quality and test your microphone. click on Start test and speak at normal volume for a few seconds. click on Interrupted test to view the result.

Then, click on your microphone to open its properties. Scroll down and toggle the switch for Enhance audio and set it to On .

To further configure the microphone:

  • Click on the link Advanced on the Enhance Audio tab to open the microphone properties.
  • In the card Listen , select the option Listen to this device.
  • Click the drop-down menu for Playback via this device and select your headset.
  • click on Apply per salvare I modified it.

Now speak at your normal volume to hear playback through headphones. If you are happy with the result, uncheck Listen to this device and click Apply per salvare I modified it.

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