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Offline Bill

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PC audio quality?
« on: Jul 25, 2019, 09:04 AM »
I have done all the little tweaks and adjustments available in win 7, and the best I can say is I have more volume available.
Any suggestions for actually the quality of the sound. Am I limited to just buying better speakers, maybe a small sub?
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Re: PC audio quality?
« Reply #1 on: Jul 25, 2019, 01:53 PM »
Windows does not have any options for adjusting the sound quality. 3rd party software that sometimes comes with the sound drivers might help, but normally your best option is quality powered speakers.

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Re: PC audio quality?
« Reply #2 on: Jul 25, 2019, 03:40 PM »
That or a full blown 5.1 sound card. Sound cards aren't very expensive but the speaker system could be.  I'm going to explore the speaker route first. Thanks.
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Re: PC audio quality?
« Reply #3 on: Aug 06, 2019, 04:24 PM »
A couple of thoughts:

Software EQ is the cheapest/easiest solution. Download the driver directly from your sound chipset manufacturer if it's available, ie Realtek has full equalization built in. Otherwise, software EQ will work.

Upgrading your sound card is another option, as you stated. My wife and I each use Sound Blaster Z cards, which we got refurbished on ebay for about $60 each. Great cards, been using them for a few years now. Even has a very powerful headphone amp built in with a dedicated output.

Last is better speakers. Of course, equalization is good regardless of speakers, but equalizing bad speakers is like polishing a turd. ;)
I've had my Klipsch Promedia 2.1s for over 10 years, but I've had to replace the Control Pod, Amp, and Sub speaker in that timeframe. Completely worth it, as they sound quite good for what they are. There are other good computer speakers out there, or you can buy an amp and power any speakers you want with them.

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Re: PC audio quality?
« Reply #4 on: Aug 06, 2019, 06:09 PM »
Welcome back, nice to hear from you again. You're suggesting a sound card first and then a speaker upgrade?
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Re: PC audio quality?
« Reply #5 on: Aug 10, 2019, 01:50 PM »
Thanks, Bill! I don't come back enough...

It kind of depends on what the issue is. A better sound card (assuming your using analog) will sound better, but giving you full Equalization Control means you can tweak the output for your preferences and speaker configuration. Most integrated sound cards have extra drivers you can download that have an equalizer, so you may want to explore that before upgrading.

It's hard to suggest one or the other without knowing what you've got or what your exact sound issue is...  ;)
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Re: PC audio quality?
« Reply #6 on: Aug 11, 2019, 11:28 AM »
Thanks, I'm using win 7 with Realtek HD audio that has an equalizer with Creative 2.0 speakers. I'm exploring ways to improve the sound in general.  Mainly youtube videos and music. 
Your Klipsch Promedia system is still available at $140 or so.  I don't think I want to get involved with an external amp, that would probably be overkill.
Buying speakers online is like a pig in a poke or an online monitor you haven't seen in person.  My last trip to Best Buy (Amazon's showroom) was not very productive.  Only a few demos live and mostly Polk and SONY monsters. Do you have an alternative or two to recommend?
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