As each and every year passes by, laptops keep getting slimmer with the sound systems becoming smaller and smaller. As much as the design is starting to head in a positive direction filled with aesthetics and awe, the problem with smaller sound systems is the lack of quality.
Truth is, the smaller a laptop, 11 inches and under and sound system gets, the more likely it will fail in providing an equal, if not better, sound quality than it would its bigger counterparts.
In order for a sound system to produce a resonating clear and pristine quality sound, the speakers need to comprise of a large membrane with ample room to vibrate.
After all, sound is emitted through the vibration of particles so the bigger the sound system (assuming it is of a good make), the better the sound quality – think cinemas, concerts, and the like.
Considering laptop speakers come in a rather compact size, there isn’t much assured performance being able to be delivered to you, the audiophile who seems to be struggling to catch those whispers under the breaths of the actors of the movie you’re so eager to watch.
Lucky for you, there are many ways you are able to increase the sound of your laptop speakers without having to take it to some tech shop to let some tech geniuses get their hands dirty all over your laptop.
Some of these steps are simple – we go through the extremely basic ones – while others may be more tech related.
Nevertheless, no matter how pro you think you are at all things computerized, we still recommend going through these suggestions to see if you overlooked something when trying to enhance the volume of your speakers.
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Basic Sound Adjustments
We’ll first start with the basics. Laptop speakers in general have never been able to perform as well as even those tiny bluetooth speakers (a technological flaw that has us scratching our heads in confusion as to why those major manufacturers haven’t caught onto the technology).
However, having a sound volume adjusted to below maximum level wouldn’t produce much sound at all.
Inevitably, you will have to ensure that your soundbar level in your digital audio mixer of your laptop is at its maximum level. This refers to the volume sliders in your operation system as well as the volume slider in the media player you are using.
This includes media players such as Windows Media Player, as well as streams online via YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, and the sort.
If you can’t find the volume slider for your Windows OS in the taskbar, for Windows XP users, click on the Windows logo and head over to the Control Panel followed by the “Sounds and Audio Devices” icon. This will open up a window where you will be able to adjust the volume in the “Volume” tab.
For Windows 7 or 8 users, open up the Windows logo and click on the Control Panel followed by “Sounds”. This will show you a “Playback” tab which displays the speakers attached to your laptop. Right click on the relevant speakers and select “Properties”.
In the third tab, there is the category “Levels”. Click on this as it will show you the volume slider for your speakers.
A shortcut you can use is to simply type in the phase “adjust sound volume” in the search bar once you open up the Windows logo. This will show you the Volume Mixer where you can adjust the sound for all your opened applications accordingly.
Hardware Sound Adjustments
Some laptops have buttons that will help you increase the sound volume of your laptop. These buttons usually have labels of a speaker icon with curved lines by its side signifying the sound waves. Press the button above until your laptop’s speaker volume reaches the max level.
Adjusting System Settings on Windows
This method is pretty straight forward for Windows users. Just right click on the speaker icon at the bottom right corner of your taskbar and select “Playback devices” and click on the “Enhancements” tab.
If your speaker icon is not there, go to the Control Panel, followed by “Sounds”, select your speakers by right clicking it, click on “Properties” and select the “Enhancements” tab.
We would recommend you to check all the enhancements and make sure they are enabled especially if you have sound issues where your speakers seem too quiet. Your speakers should now be louder after this.
In the event they aren’t loud enough, read on to learn more on how to further increase the volume on your laptop speakers.
Using Add-Ons for your Browser
If you use Chrome as your main browser, or even Firefox, you are in luck. There are a few awesome add-ons and plugins that can really help boost the sound volume of your laptop speakers. Add-Ons like the Ears Audio Toolkit or the Volume Booster plugin, aim to increase your volume by up to an alleged 4 times the current loudness.
Using the VLC Player instead
If you’re not playing the sound from a browser but a media player instead, you may want to change from whatever you’re using to the VLC player instead.
The VLC player allows you to boost your sound system by up to 400% louder than the base maximum volume. It’s free to download and accommodates a decent amount of files to playback.
Nothing Seems to be Working
If none of the above suggestions just aren’t working to help enhance the sound, or your laptop’s speakers are crackling, or your laptop is just producing sound from one speaker and not the other, we hate to break it to you but your laptop’s speakers may be damaged.
This may mean that your laptop’s speakers have blown or that there is a loose connection somewhere.
If you can’t find the problem or fix it and aren’t keen to visit a tech shop to help you out, investing in some external speakers or a pair of headphones may help you enjoy the audio on your laptop without breaking the bank.
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