So, the speakers are hardwired to the limit, the system volume slider is at the maximum, and the film is barely audible, what can I do?
1. Media players with sound amplification function
Local video content with a weak audio signal can be viewed in media players with the function of amplifying the sound. There are many such for Windows. Here are some of them.
Media Player Classic
The simplest Media Player Classic player, which comes with the K-Lite Codec Pack, can boost the volume up to 300%. It is necessary to go to its settings.
In the “Audio switch” section, pull the gain slider to the desired limit. And then restart the player.
The well-known VLC player previously provided for increasing the volume up to 200%. True, with all this power, the sound quality was lost, especially on low-level speakers and speakers. Subsequently, the creators of the program decided to limit their amplification to 125%.
If this is not enough, you can experiment with the audio effects.
Daum PotPlayer, like its fellow KMPlayer, comes with its volume control, and it’s slightly stronger than the system one. The only thing is that if you use a modified PotPlayer assembly or use it on the computer by someone else, you need to check if the volume control of the player is set in the settings, not the system one.
In the PotPlayer settings, you can additionally activate the volume enhancement option to 200%.
In GOM Player, as in VLC, amplification is implemented directly on the volume slider. Strengthening is provided up to 150%.
Many functional media players can play video not only from the local library, but also from the network. And, accordingly, their ability to enhance and adjust the sound can be used when playing online video. For example, players VLC, GOM, PotPlayer can play video content from certain web resources, in particular, from YouTube. However, no extra software will not be required if we watch online video in the Google Chrome browser.
2. Increase the volume in Google Chrome
To increase the volume in Google Chrome, there is a Volume Master extension. It can be installed in the browser store at:
The extension implements its own volume control on the Chrome toolbar with the possibility of its amplification up to 600%.
3. Programs for amplifying sound throughout the system
Increasing the volume in individual programs is certainly good, but is there a universal way to amplify the sound signal? Is there a tool for the entire Windows environment – and for its regular applications, and for any third-party programs? If an acceptable sound level is needed only for video or audio playback, it is better to take advantage of the solutions offered by the players. Most of the functional media players (in particular, discussed above) are free products. But the programs that implement their own sound settings on the computer, including signal amplification, usually include licensed software. Here, for example, two of these programs.
Sound Booster is a program from the developer Letasoft, which allows to increase the sound signal in all Windows applications up to 500%. At the same time, without distortion and deterioration of sound quality. It works from the system tray and is an alternative to the system volume control. Provides an option to enable / disable. When the Sound Booster is turned off, the system switches to the system volume control.
Among the program settings are hot keys to increase / decrease the volume, memorize the volume level, etc. There are 4 modes of operation, including the most radical – “Super Strengthening”, the regime of maximum amplified sound at the expense of quality.
The Sound Booster program is about $ 20, there is a 14-day test period for getting to know it. Trial version of the defective: every 5 minutes for 5 seconds the effect of the program will disappear to encourage us to purchase a license.
Hear – program developer Prosoft Engineering, a manager of system sound with a lot of settings and effects. After installation on the Windows environment, the program replaces the system volume control, and in the audio settings is listed as a separate audio device.
And, naturally, the Hear audio device is automatically selected in the system as the main one. If you need to switch to the original system sound in the audio settings, you need to select the audio device by default the current speakers or speakers of the computer.
In the Hear interface, there is volume control, but since the program replaces the system controller, you can rotate the volume by the system slider in the Windows tray, respectively. In the same place, Hear itself is hiding in the tray with its huge potential of settings. Among them – sound presets for certain types of media content. If the implemented volume program is not enough, you can experiment with presets and choose one or another selection of settings, for example, for movies and TV.
Another function of Hear in terms of improving the sound, though not directly related to the amplification of the signal, but eliminating the problems of distortion of the sound of speakers and audio systems operating at full power. If our old or cheap audio equipment rattles at high speeds, in the “Speaker” program tab we can reduce the vibration of the speakers and subwoofer, shift the focus to medium frequencies.
There is a program in the same area as Sound Booster – about $ 20. To test the work of Hear it is possible in its 7-day full-functional trial version.