Changing bass, stereo and other audio effects in Windows Media Player


In Windows Media Player, you can optimize bass, stereo, and other audio effects by turning on SRS WOW Effects. You can also use the graphic equalizer to adjust the levels of certain frequencies in your music or select Dolby Digital audio settings for different types of playback scenarios.

Other software and hardware controls can affect the volume and audio effects settings in the Player. If you encounter problems, try adjusting the audio settings in Windows, the controls on your speakers, subwoofer, or amplifier, or the settings in any other software used to configure the sound card in your computer. For information about how to adjust the speaker volume in Windows, see Adjust the sound level on your computer.

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To optimize bass and stereo audio effects

You can enhance low-frequency and stereo sound performance by turning on SRS WOW effects.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in the Player Library, click the Switch to Now Playing button Picture of the Switch to Now Playing button in the lower-right corner of the Player.
  2. Right-click an open space in the Player (such as to the left of the Stop button), point to Enhancements, and then click SRS Wow effects.

  3. Click the Turn on link, if visible, and then do any of the following:

    • To enhance the bass, move the TruBass slider to the right.

    • To enhance the stereo effect, move the WOW Effect slider to the right.

    • To optimize sound output according to your speaker size, click the speakers link until one of the following options appears: Normal Speakers, Large Speakers, or Headphones.

  4. To hide the settings, click the Close button Picture of the Close button.

    For more information about SRS WOW technologies, see the SRS website. Note that it's not possible to use SRS WOW effects when you're playing a DVD.

To adjust Dolby Digital settings

There are three preset Dolby Digital settings that match the dynamic range of sound output to the type of speakers you use.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in the Player Library, click the Switch to Now Playing button Picture of the Switch to Now Playing button in the lower-right corner of the Player.
  2. Right-click an open space in the Player (to the left of the Stop button, for example), point to Enhancements, and then click Dolby Digital settings.

  3. Click one of the following options:

    • To reduce the dynamic range of audio to optimize sound quality for desktop computer speakers, click Normal.

    • To further reduce the dynamic range of audio and enhance spoken dialogue for laptop speakers, click Night.

    • To increase the dynamic range for home theater systems, click Theater.

  4. To hide the settings, click the Close button Picture of the Close button.

To set the graphic equalizer

The graphic equalizer allows you to adjust different sound frequency ranges to enhance your listening experience. For example, classical music often sounds better if you enhance the low frequency ranges (on the left side of the graphic equalizer).

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Media Player.
    If the Player is currently open and you’re in the Player Library, click the Switch to Now Playing button Picture of the Switch to Now Playing button in the lower-right corner of the Player.
  2. Right-click an open space in the Player (to the left of the Stop button, for example), point to Enhancements, and then click Graphic equalizer.

  3. Click the Turn on link, if visible, and then do one of the following:

    • Select an option, such as rock or jazz, from the Default list.

    • Create your own setting by moving the equalizer sliders to the levels that you want to use. Your changes are saved automatically to the Custom preset.

    • To control how the sliders move in relation to one another, click one of the slider option buttons to the left of the equalizer.

    • To revert to the default settings, click the Reset link.

  4. To hide the settings, click the Close button Picture of the Close button.


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