3 Ways To Increase Maximum Volume In Windows

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A user of itechtics asks the following question: “Just wondering if I can increase the volume of Windows beyond the maximum limit?”

The question can be divided into two parts, whether you want to increase the sound of the multimedia playback on your system or increase the maximum volume of the overall system. I will discuss three methods to boost sound in Windows beyond 100% default.

Using Audio Enhancements

This method will enhance the maximum volume of the overall system. In Windows, there is a loudness equalization option supported by most sound cards which needs to be configured in order to make audio louder. Let’s go through the process step by step:

  1. Click on the Volume icon in the system tray
  2. Click on the speaker icon on the sound mixer popup
    Sound Mixer
  3. Select Enhancements from the opened window
    Enabling loudness equalization
  4. Check Loudness Equalization from the list and click OK

This should increase the overall system sound effect to be more louder. But for any reason, your sound card does not support equalization, then you’ll need to go with the other options mentioned in this article.

Using Sound Booster Plugins

Second method is to use sound booster plugins. This is the most reliable and exciting option. But the problem is that there are not many free sound booster plugins available which have many options available for free. But we will list down a few plugins which can be used for boosting the overall volume of the system.

Audio Enhancer Bongiovi DPS Plugin

DPS Enhancer

This is a commercial plugin but you can test it out using the trial version. It supports a lot of sound enhancement and equalization options. Bongiovi DPS plugin is available for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. It also support Max OSX.

DFX Audio Enhancer Plugin

DFX Audio Enhancer

DFX Audio Enhancer is my favorite tool for enhancing the system volume on my system. DFX Audio Enhancer boosts the sound quality of audio playback of the overall system which includes your music, videos, Internet audio, games and other programs. This plugin comes with a free edition which has most of the configuration options disabled but it will be enough for a basic sound boost on your system.

SoundPimp

SoundPimp audio enhancer with High Definition Stereo enhances the overall listening experience of computer audio. I have not used SoundPimp but it seems good because it is available for all platforms including Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Using VLC Player

VLC Player with 125 volume increase

If you only want to make your multimedia audio and video louder then you can use multimedia players which let you go beyond the 100% volume limit. One option is VLC Player which lets you increase the volume up to 125%.

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34 Comments

  1. Apparently Microsoft got rid of the “Enhancements” tab after you posted this article because they don’t want you to hear anything. How can I force it back in?

  2. DFX Enhancer free version actually does help a little if you shut off all the stupid enhancements and ONLY use the equalizer. The equalizer is the only good part of it anyway. The rest is all weird enhancements there is no way to know exactly what they are doing and all they really do is corrupt the natural fidelity of the sound anyway, so if all you want to do is HEAR BETTER from, say, laptop speakers, get the free version of it, turn off everything but the equalizer and play with that until you can hear well.

    A word of caution though. It will hijack your default sound device. If you try to switch back, it won’t let you unless you disable it.

  3. The first 2 would be line ball. Both are good
    Sound pimp seems to just enhance the sterep spread not the volume. Thanks.

  4. Checking the loudness option DOES NOT make overall louder, it EQUALIZES sound – get rid of peaks! Overall effect is softer. Idiot!

  5. Don’t download DFX, its garbage. You litterally can’t do anything with it on the free version. I hope someone puts it on TPB for being so shitty.

    • iTechtics Staff on

      Agreed. The free version of DFX is not good but if you’re using the paid version, it certainly has some very good options and functionality.

  6. Sean Devlin on

    The advice you gave to adjust the sound with the setting included in Windows seems to have done what I was hoping for. Thanks.

  7. The problem with using the Loudness Equalization setting is it goes mad taking CPU resources. The Micro$oft forums are full of audiodg issues that are cured by disabling enhancements.

    It starts off OK but then randomly starts hogging CPU

    I do not want my PC to spend all it’s CPU resources simply increasing volume.

    It is a joke that there is nothing for the hard of hearing in accessibilty options

    • How weird, for me after downloading DFX Audio Enhancement there is absolutely no CPU resources being taken…. While and right after it was installed it did spike up to 60% for a few minutes as I was still using Firefox and a few other things but it quickly went down to 0% as of now. It’s working like a charm…

  8. You may try iDealshare VideoGo to Increase volume for audio and video files

    Working as an Audio Volume Booster, iDealshare VideoGo can easily boost sound volume for almost all kinds of audio file like increase MP3 volume, increase WAV volume, increase FLAC volume, increase AAC volume, increase AC3 volume, M4A, WMA, AU, DTS, AIFF, OGG, MP2, APE, OPUS, CAF, VOC, etc.

    Working as a Video Volume Booster, iDealshare VideoGo helps you raise audio volume for all video files like increase MP4 volume, increase MOV volume, increase AVI volume, WMV, FLV, AVCHD, MKV, MXF, WebM, SWF, OGV, 3GP, ASF, RMVB, etc.

    iDealshare VideoGo also has a feature of increase sound volume as well as change the source file format like convert the source audio or video files to other more compatible audio or video formats.

  9. I really don’t like to ‘overclock’ my PC sound card or the speakers. This usually results in a broken headphone or the sound card itself.

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