I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time listening to music on my PC. Unfortunately, I don’t have a good sound card or really good speakers, so that listening experience isn’t always that good.
So I decided to make it better. Today, I’m going to show you 4 easy ways to improve sound quality on your PC.
Some PC users haven’t correctly configured their speakers. That’s bad. To properly configure your speakers and enjoy a superior listening experience, go to Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound, and then click Sound.
Here, you can do a number of different things to improve audio quality:
-Click the Playback tab and click Speakers, then click Configure. Choose the correct audio configuration for your arrangement (pick a 2.1 speaker setup for a 2 speaker, one subwoofer arrangement and pick a 5.1 setup for a surround sound arrangement).
-Test your speakers to make sure they’re working properly by going to Playback > Speakers > Configure > Audio Channels > Test
-Set up audio effects by double clicking the Enhancements tab (not all sound cards support this, but most modern ones do). Enhancement effects include Bass Boost, Virtual Surround, Room Correction, and Loudness Equalization. Play around with all of these settings to find which one works best for your speaker arrangement.
Make sure all your songs have at least a 256kbps bitrate. Anything lower will result in a noticeably worse level of quality. It’s tough to tell the difference between 256kbps per 320kbps, and anything higher than that is pure icing on the cake.
If all your songs are at 128kbps or even worse, then you’re going to notice poor audio quality. Download better quality songs from better quality sources and your music listening experience will improve by leaps and bounds.
Your computer might have the world’s best sound card and the best quality songs, but you’re not going to be able to appreciate any of that without the right speakers or headset. Buy good speakers from reliable companies (higher-end Logitech speakers and Altec Lansing speakers are particularly popular for PC gamers and PC users).
You knew this was going to be on the list, so I’m sorry if you were expecting something else at the number one position. Buying a sound card will give your computer an entirely separate chipset on which it can manage sound data. Since this chipset is specially designed to handle sound data and traffic, your audio comes at a much higher level of quality.
Sound cards generally cost less than $100 and can easily be slotted into a PCI-e slot on your motherboard.