How to Turn on Enhanced Audio in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to enable or disable enhanced audio when using Windows 11. With enhanced audio enabled, users may enjoy the sound quality coming out of their computer’s speakers when listening to music or watching movies.

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

There are many other enhancement options available including, Bass boost, Virtual surround, Loudness equalization. The Loudness equalization prevent one content playing louder than the others. Similar to watching TV and a loud commercial start playing. This should prevent that.

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

To get started with 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, simply go to the Settings pane.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

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

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click System, select Sound on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Sound settings pane, under Advanced, click on All sound devices as highlighted below.

Under All sound devices, select Speakers.

There, toggle the button to the On position to enable Enhanced audio as highlighted below.

Under Enhanced audio, select Advanced to enable additional features.

  • Bass Boost: Boosts the lowest frequencies that the speakers can play.
  • Virtual Surround: Encodes surround audio for transfer as stereo output to receivers with a Matrix decoder.
  • Room Correction: Compensates for room and speaker characteristics.
  • Loudness Equalization: Uses an understanding of human hearing to reduce perceived volume differences.

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

How to disable enhanced audio in Windows 11

If all the settings above didn’t add any improvements, 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 toggle the button for Enhanced audio to the Off position.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to enable or disable Enhanced audio in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.