Unleashing the true potential of your speakers in Windows Vista

Do you feel that the true potential of your speakers are not being tapped into by your PC? Well, if you have a Windows Vista PC, then there are several options that let you play around with the sound levels and tune your system sound settings to the best configuration for your speakers. This article will guide you to the interface which contains these features and then you can check out the rest for yourself.

Here is what you have to do.

  1. Open Control Panel by navigating to Start -> Control Panel.
  2. If you are using the default view for the Control Panel then you will have to navigate to Hardware and Sound -> Sound. On the other hand, if you are using the Classic View, then there is a direct link for Sound. Click on it.
  3. A new window for Sound pops up. Go to the Playback tab in this window.
  4. This tab will display a list of the sound devices that you have installed on your PC and their current status (working properly, not detected, disabled, etc.). Select your current sound device (most likely you will have only one device installed) and click on the Properties tab.
  5. A new window pops up for the various properties and configuration options for the sound device on your system. Select the Enhancements tab.
  6. The Enhancements tab will typically contain several options for Bass Management, Virtual Surround, Room Correction, etc. – most of which are deselected. You can now select any of these options as per your preference and check the effect they have on your speaker capacity by playing a suitable audio file after each time you make a change.

Work your way through these settings for some time until you find the right configuration for your speakers. A recommended setting is to select the Bass Management and Room Correction options for a medium sized room with 2.1 speakers.

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