How to Boost Bass for Speakers or Headphones in Windows 10

You have bought a brand new speakers for your PC or a set of expensive headphones but are not getting the bass that you hoped you would, then the problem is not with your headphones, problem is in the Windows PC settings. You can easily change the audio driver settings in Windows 10 to boost the bass to enjoy the booming sound coming from your headphones or PC speakers. This setting exists in the stock audio drivers that Microsoft supplies with Windows 10 (also with Windows 8.1 and Windows 7). The setting could also exist in manufacturer supplied audio drivers, for example, in the Realtek HD Audio drivers.

Here is how you go about boosting the bass in Windows PC:

  1. Right-click on the speaker icon in the system tray and select Playback devices from the right-click menu.Boost Bass in Windows 10
  2. Select the Speakers from the list (or any other output device for which you want to change the setting) and then click on the Properties button.Boost Bass in Windows 10
  3. From under the Enhancements tab, select Bass Boost checkbox and then click on the Apply button.Boost Bass in Windows 10
  4. The default bass settings work very well, but you can click on the Settings button to change the frequency and the boost level for the Bass Boost effect.Boost Bass in Windows 10

If you have installed the manufacturer supplied device drivers, then the steps may be a little different. For example, if you have installed the Realtek HD Audio device drivers, then the third and fourth steps would be like this:

  1. From under the Enhancements tab, select Equalizer checkbox and then choose Bass for the Sound Effect setting. Then click on the Apply button.Boost Bass in Windows 10
  2. In order to manually change the frequency range boost, you can click on the ellipses button and open a tiny equalizer window from where you can change the boost levels for various frequency ranges.Boost Bass in Windows 10

Even though these settings do make some difference and really boost the bass, in order to really notice the difference you have to use high quality headphones like the ones manufactured by Sennheiser or Philips.