This post shows students and new users the steps to enable or disable Enhanced Audio when using Windows 11 to enhance the audio experience from their computer’s speakers. If your computer is equipped with a great sound card, turning on Enhanced Audio can help you listen to and enjoy your music or movies.

This Windows 11 feature brings quality audio to laptops and computers that enables users to experience the experience normally associated with home theater stereo sound systems.

There are many other enhancement options available, such as bass boost, virtual surround sound, and loudness equalization. Loudness equalization prevents one content from playing louder than others. Similar to watching television and starting a loud commercial playing. This should prevent it.

By default, this feature is not enabled in Windows 11. However, if you feel the need to give it a try and see if it works for you, just continue below to learn how to enable it. If it doesn’t work, disable it.

To start enabling Enhanced Audio in Windows 11, follow the steps below:

How to enable Enhanced Audio in Windows 11

To enable enhanced audio in Windows 11, just go to the Settings panel.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for most of its settings. From system settings to creating new users and updating Windows, everything can be done from your System settings crystal.

To access the System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click Start ==> Settings as shown in the following picture:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and find Settings. Then select to open it.

The Windows settings panel should look similar to the image below. In Windows settings, click System, Select Sound on the right panel of the screen shown in the image below.

In the sound settings panel, under Advanced, click on All sound devices as highlighted below.

Under All Sound Devices, select Speakers.

There, move the button to the on position to enable Enhanced audio as highlighted below.

Under Enhanced Audio, select Advanced to enable additional functions.

  • Bass boost: Increase the lower frequencies that the speakers can reproduce.
  • Virtual environment: Encodes surround audio for transfer as stereo output to receivers with a Matrix decoder.
  • Room correction: Compensates for room and speaker characteristics.
  • Volume level equalization: Uses understanding of human hearing to reduce perceived volume differences.

Once all the settings are enabled, apply, exit, and test the system audio.

How to disable Enhanced Audio in Windows 11

If all the above settings did not add any improvement, you can simply disable it. To do that, reverse the steps above by going to the Start Menu ==> Settings ==> Sound ==> All Sound Devices ==> Speakers and move the Enhanced Audio button to Off position.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to enable or disable Enhanced Audio in Windows 11. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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