Everything you need to know about the equalizer in Windows 10

Windows 10 equalizer

An equalizer for your Windows 10 system is the appropriate answer when you are not satisfied with the sound quality you are receiving when playing audio on your computer. Although this situation can be solved with new speakers or being more extreme, replacing the sound card, equalizers are the most conservative and economical option. In that sense, we are going to comment on everything you need to know about this section of the operating system, so that you can configure it without dying trying.

Having access to the equalizer will allow you to completely customize the audio that is played on your computer, so you can get the most out of your hardware and enjoy your multimedia content.

How to find the equalizer in Windows 10?

Accessing the equalizer in Windows is quite simple, however, the changes that the interface has had in its latest updates has made it feel somewhat inaccessible. The absence of the old Control Panel could confuse many users, however, the steps are very simple.

First of all, right click on the speaker icon on the taskbar. Right next to the hour.

Open Sounds

This will display a menu of options, go to “Sounds”.

Option "Sounds"

It is noteworthy that there are several ways to enter this section, in that sense, you can also go to the Start Menu and write the word Sounds so that the icon appears.

Open sounds in start menu

An additional alternative is press the key combination Windows+R and write the command control mmsys. cpl sounds and then press Enter.

Open sounds from Run

Immediately, a small window with several tabs will be displayed. Go to "Playback".

Playback Window

There you will see all your playback devices, right click on the one that is currently in use and then select “Properties”.

Playback device

A tip to know which device is in use is to play any material with audio and identify the meter that is activated right next to it.

Identify playback device

By clicking on the “Properties” option, a new window will be displayed with all the controls to configure the audio that comes out from the device in question. Go to the “Improvements” tab and you will find a box with all the alternatives to enhance the sound offered by your card.

There you will find the equalizer, click and it will immediately be displayed with all its knobs.

open equalizer

Why can't I find the Equalizer option?

It is likely that when you go into the "Enhancements" tab of your playback device, you will find some options, but not the equalizer one. This is due to an important detail that we must highlight and that is that Windows 10 does not have a general equalizer natively. The equalizer option that we find following the previous process, are nothing more than the improvement alternatives offered by the sound card. In that sense, it will depend entirely on this piece of hardware, whether or not you find it on your system.

Card without equalizer

This does not mean that it is impossible to equalize the audio, since, in case your sound card does not have the option, the operating system offers one in Windows Media Player.

Windows Media Player Equalizer

The only condition is that you must use this app to play the media content you want to watch and listen to.

What to do if you don't have equalizer on your Windows 10?

The first alternative that we can recommend is that you centralize the playback of multimedia content in applications such as VLC or Kodi. Taking into account that they support video streaming from the most popular platforms, in addition to the different formats they are compatible with, you could play everything from there and use their equalization options.

Moreover, there is a wide market of free equalizers that we can install on the system, in order to control all the audio, no matter where it is played. A couple of options we can recommend:


FXSound a very complete application to enhance the quality and level of the audio you play in Windows 10. It offers a multi-band equalizer with 9 knobs to control low, mid and high frequencies. Additionally, it has knobs oriented to sound fidelity, ambient effects and 3D Surround, as well as a bass enhancer.

In this way, you will have an application that will allow you to even increase the system volume beyond its limit. Something especially useful when our speakers or headphones do not sound loud enough.

DeskFX Audio Enhancer Software

DeskFX equalizer alternative

NCH ​​Software is a company that has always stood out for creating all kinds of utilities to improve processes and results in many activities and sections of Windows. In the sound area it has DeskFX Audio Enhancer, a very complete tool for everything related to audio configuration in Windows. Although it has an equalizer that we can easily use, it also offers options to transform the sound at will. So, it is an alternative that can be adapted to the most advanced needs..

The multi-band equalizer has 21 knobs that will allow you to be very precise when addressing certain frequencies. Finally, the built-in presets are very interesting, which will give you different colors to get the most out of the type of audio you play.

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