Windows 10 Tip

How to normalize sound volume on Windows 10

Annoyed by loud commercials while watching TV shows online or listen to music at different sound volume levels? Then use this guide to normalize the sound volume on Windows 10.

Normalize sound volume using Loudness Equalization on Windows 10

On Windows 10, it can quickly get annoying having to constantly adjust the sound of your speakers while watching videos or playing music. If you ever tried to catch up a TV show online, you probably noticed that commercials are played awfully louder than the show you’re watching. The same is true with your music collection, depending on how you got those songs on your computer, some albums may play at different sound volume levels.

Fortunately, you can quickly normalize the audio on Windows 10 to have a consistent sound volume level across applications and web browsers when watching shows online or listening to music.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable “Loudness Equalization” to normalize the output sound on Windows 10.

How to normalize volume sound using Loudness Equalization option

Use these steps to change the sound settings to normalize volume on Windows 10:

Important: While this is a standard feature available in most devices, not every sound driver supports the enhancement options. For example, Surface Pro 3 devices don’t support this feature.
  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on System.

  3. Click on Sound.

  4. Under the “Related Settings” section, on the right side, click the Sound Control Panel option.

    Sound settings on Windows 10
    Sound settings on Windows 10
  5. Click on the Playback tab.

  6. Select the speaker currently set as the default (the one with the green check mark).

  7. Click the Properties button on the bottom-right.

    Windows 10 Sound properties
    Windows 10 Sound properties
  8. Click on the Enhancements tab.

  9. Check the Loudness Equalization option.

     Loudness Equalization option
    Loudness Equalization option
  10. Click the Apply button.

  11. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, you should now be able to watch your TV shows online or listen to music with a consistent volume level.

In addition, you can also use the Loudness Equalization option on Windows 10 to boost sound volume, even when you max it out, and you’re still hearing things too low. As you probably noticed this option “reduces perceived volume differences,” which makes quiet and loud sounds easier to hear. 

It’s important to note that most media applications include some sort of “loudness equalization” or “volume normalization” feature. However, Windows 10, similar to Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and older versions, features an option that allows to normalize volume system-wide.