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How to Use the Windows 10 Equalizer to Set Treble Bass and More

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Written by Darren Wall

The one thing I hate when enjoying good music is when the treble is set too high. It grates on me and kills the song. Therefore the first think I like to do is configure the following on my equalizer:

How to Use the Windows 10 Equalizer to Set Treble Bass and More

What does an Equalizer do?

An equalizer allows you to manipulate sound frequencies, creating a more suitable or pleasant listening experience. Depending on the music listened to, or your personal preferences, equalizing sound can make the music more listenable. From adding impetus to a low-end sound to minimizing the top end of a treble, equalizers make music more listenable.

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Is There a Windows 10 Equalizer?

There is a native sound equalizer for Windows 10, but it is a simple tool. This equalizer is likely to be too basic for the needs of music lovers or people looking for their ideal sound. With the native sound equalizer, it isn’t possible to adjust the different bands, nor is it possible to create a sound profile.
However, if you would like to find the native sound equalizer for Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. On your taskbar, right-click the speaker icon
  2. Go to Sounds >>> Playback
  3. Right-click on the speakers
  4. Next choose Properties
  5. The previous step opens a new window, select the Enhancements tab
  6. Mark the checkbox adjacent to the equalizer
  7. In the Sound Effect Properties area, there is a drop-down menu which provides you with default sound profiles – select one

So, there is a native sound equalizer present in Windows 10, but it isn’t fit for purpose. Windows cannot allow you to make these changes natively. Therefore, anyone looking to alter the treble or bass on their Windows 10 device should consider other options.


Are there In-Built Programs For Your Sound Card?

Realtek Windows Equalizer
While the soundcard is not a piece of hardware required to run a computer, for some, it is necessary. There are some sound cards which will install an equalizer for the user for use with their device. Realtek is a firm that provides this additional service with their sound card. If you are looking to upgrade your sound card, consider if there is an inbuilt equalizer before purchasing.

Are There Third-Party Equalizer Apps?

It won’t surprise you to learn that there are third party equalizer apps compatible with Windows 10. Some of the leading options are:

  • Boom 3D
  • Equalizer APO
  • Equalizer Pro – not a free app
  • FXSound – not a free app
  • Realtek HD Audio Manager
  • Viper4Windows
  • WinAmp

The choice between these apps may be a personal preference, but some are easier to use than others. For instance, the Equalizer APO uses a text-based interface rather than a graphical user interface (GUI). For some users, this will be unacceptable, but for others, it will be a more effective option. It should be said for all its graphical limitations; Equalizer APO is more customizable than many of the alternatives.

Do You Want to Pay for a Sound Equalizer?

Winamp equalizer for Windows 10
Some of the apps are only free for a trial period and then require a purchase to use them. If you are a casual listener, you probably don’t want to spend much money on an equalizer. However, if you listen to music a lot and love your audio, a minor investment may enhance your experience. It is down to each user to decide what option is best for them. Some users will be happy to pay for an improved listening experience.

WinAmp is a familiar name, particularly people who have used computers for many years. While the app isn’t a specific Windows 10 app, it appears to work with no issues. For comfort and familiarity, this is an app that appeals to many users and can be used effectively. However, the diversity of third-party apps will ensure there is a solution for everyone.

Final Thoughts

While there may not be a native Windows 10 equalizer that suits your needs, you can enhance your listening experience. Anyone who is committed to enjoying music on their device will find a range of apps and custom players. Finding levels that suit you and your choice of music is often a personal thing. Also, finding an app that you are comfortable with also often comes down to personal taste.

However, this guide hopefully provides you with insight into suitable apps that will allow you to enjoy music your way.

About the author

Darren Wall

Darren hails from the UK, is a lover of all things mobile technology and likes to write about it all of the time. He's been writing for his own mobile tech blog and various others for over 13-years and cannot foresee a day in which he will become tired of doing so.


  • is there a way to make a shortcut to that equalizer window your pointing to so I can simply put the shortcut on my desktop or taskbar for ease of access?

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