If you are an avid music lover adding an equalizer into your Windows 10 PC will enhance your listening experience. Mot only for music, you can add equalizer which will work system-wide. You will also be able to tweak it when watching movies for better vocal sound.
There are various equalizers available on the internet, but first, you should update your audio driver for the best outcome.
Update Audio Driver
- Press ‘Start’ and search for ‘Sound settings’.
- Open it and look for ‘Sound Control Panel’ and select that.
- Select your default audio device, with a green tick mark on it.
- Right-click and select ‘Properties’.
- On the ‘Controller Information’ box select ‘Properties’.
- Select ‘Change settings’.
- Go to the ‘Driver’ tab and press on ‘Update Driver’.
- If it shows you have the latest driver you are all set to go, otherwise, it will download and install the latest firmware for you.
Install Equalizer for Windows 10
As mentioned earlier, there are many equalizers you can use, but here we will list the most used and effective once out there.
1. Realtek HD Audio Manager
Realtek HD Audio Manager is the most used equalizer in Windows and most likely you already have it installed on your system.
Quick fact, the software was first introduced from Taiwan in 1987 and is updated regularly.
When it comes to the feature set, there are the most important options which will suite basic users. You can change the default audio format and correct your speaker according to your room. This is an interesting feature which will make your sound more natural. But to use that you have to have a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound set up.
Also, it has many pre-installed 10 band equalizers and sound effect and you can make your own. If you wanna sing along, there is also a karaoke feature.
Download: Realtek HD Audio Manager
2. Boom 3D
Boom 3D have apps for all the most used operating systems, like Mac Windows and Android, so you can have the same audio experience everywhere. This one also has a 10 band audio equalizer and you can manipulate them to your taste.
While using headphones, the ‘3D Surround’ feature creates a lot of depth into your music. Other than that Ambiance, Fidelity, Night Mode etc effects are also present.
Finally, it comes with a powerful intelligent engine which lets your hearing senses adapt to the environment/sound combination.
Download: Boom 3D
Price: $10.99 (1-month free trial)
3. Equalizer APO
Equalizer APO is a popular equalizer among music lovers. There is a lot of features you can tinker with, still, the user interface is pretty easy to navigate. If you do not like the basic UI you can also download customized interface to your liking.
If you are into customization, you can customize the whole Windows 10 interface too, check it out here.
When it comes to the main equalizer you can manage it with up to 31 graphic bands. So if you really like to fine-tune the audio, this is the software to download.
Other features include low latency mode, VST plugin support, low CPU usage, numerous filters, and more.
Download: Equalizer APO
Viper is another powerful application for tweaking your audio experience. This piece of software is also available for Android.
The equalizer offers an impressive 18 bands from -120dB to 13dB. With some pre-installed equalizers, it gives you the power to manipulate it further. Other than that there are features like Room Size, Bass Boost, Distortion Control and Reverberation Settings.
Do note, you have to run the software in administration mode to ensure full performance and stability
5. Default Equalizer
Finally, many people do not realize, Windows 10 ships with a default equalizer. So there is no hassle of downloading and installing it.
Although when it comes to the feature set, there are not so many to talk about. You can change the volume level for individual apps and select between mono and stereo sound. If you have any other equalizer installed, it works like the middle man for it to connect with your hardware.
So these were all the widely used equalizers. For basic functionality, the Realtek HD Audio Manager should do the job. If you like to adjust your sound experience by yourself, we recommend using Viper4Windows or Equalizer APO. On the other hand, automation is your preference, Boom 3D will be a good choice.