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How to Improve the Sound Quality of your Headset

Often, games pay particular attention to photorealistic graphics or a credible world when it comes to the most immersive experience possible. But another parameter also has a big influence on it: the sound. Unfortunately, not all gaming headsets offer a sound that is inherently harmonious. Fortunately, you can change that. How? Find out in the following tutorial!

Tip 1: Activate Windows Sonic

Virtual 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound can improve opponent location for some headsets in games. However, it is not recommended for the enjoyment of music, as the sound is often strongly distorted.

Windows 10 has a built-in surround sound feature. To activate it, open the Control Panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound -> Sound. Now select your headset and click the Properties button. Under the Space tab you can activate Sonic for Headphones in the drop-down menu Windows. Now you should hear a difference.

Tip 2: Use an equalizer

Tastes are known to be different. Of course, this also applies to sound tunings. For example, one person prefers a dominant bass, another loves powerful trebles. So it should be clear that for headsets there isn’t “the one sound tuning” that everyone likes. That’s why there are equalizers. With such software, individual frequencies can be amplified or attenuated. So everyone can reach the sound he likes.

A recommendable program of this kind is the free Equalizer APO.

It offers a graphical 12-point equalizer, which means you can control 12 different frequencies. If you like, you can also activate the experimental microphone equalizer.

Tip 3: Connect the headset to the mainboard instead of to the front panel of the case

Many current mainboards, especially higher-priced models, offer an audio signal path that is separated from the rest of the tracks. They can also be equipped with an EMI shield. This is a cover over the sound chip that attenuates electromagnetic interference generated in a PC. Additional capacitors for the sound chip smooth the voltage for an interference-free sound.

So it makes sense to make use of these features as long as you don’t use a dedicated DAC / AMP. If you connect your headset to the connectors on the front panel of the case, you lose these trump cards. The HD audio cable extends through the entire PC and often crosses the path with the graphics card and large parts of the motherboard; two of the biggest disruptive factors in the PC. To top it all off, the cable is often moderately shielded.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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