How to get better audio performance from your PC and laptop without upgrading audio hardware, speakers or headphones.
Isn’t it great to experience awesome sound when you listen to music or watching movie from your PC? Good news is that there are several audio enhancing software that you can try to get much better sound from you computer without upgrading audio hardware, speakers or headphones. Basically, these software work as a virtual soundcard for your computer. The great thing is that these software really bring noticeable better sound – better clarity and bass, so much different when without it. I for one, have been using SRS Audio Sandbox for years, now I just can’t imagine watching movies or music listening without it. Even if your PC already has an high-end sound card, especially when the audio processing software that comes with it doesn’t satisfy you, these software would still able to give impressive result. Sadly, all the audio enhancing software here are not free but you can many of them before you decide to buy.
Here are the audio enhancing software you can try:
SRS Audio Essentials
SRS Audio Essentials puts you in control of your audio entertainment experience on the PC. Compatible with virtually all PC-based media players, including Windows Media Player and iTunes, Audio Essentials delivers a thrilling and immersive 3D surround sound experience for movies, music and games. Use the preset options for headphones, internal notebook speakers or external speakers or take control and use the intuitive “advance settings” panel to customize the experience for your ears only. SRS Audio Sandbox emulates a professional card to obtain great quality and it offers similar functionality but using software instead. It works fine even for your video games, enhancing the audio effects. It supports all the popular media players, so you will be free to use it without worrying about compatibility issues with your PC.
I have been using SRS Audio Sandbox (by the same developer) for a long time. SRS Audio Sandbox is actually the previous version of SRS Audio Essentials. I had problem installing SRS Audio Essential to my Windows 7 at first, although I managed to install it successfully after a few attempts, I find the control panel interface noticeably sluggish compared to SRS Audio Sandbox. I don’t find any difference in term of sound performance, so I stick with SRS Audio Sandbox. For now I just can’t imagine listening to music or watching movies on my PC without it. The control features are adequate enough to cater your personal need.
Free version is a limited version (with no time limit) of the software, which includes SRS processing for music when using notebook or desktop speakers. Price US $29.99. More info and download at: SRS Audio Essential software
Breakaway Audio Enhancer
Breakaway Audio Enhancer dramatically improves the audio experience for all PC users with the same technology as pros in the music business use to clarify and control your computer audio. Breakaway Audio Enhancer provides complete audio control over music, videos, web browsers, and games. Screaming web ads impale speakers, audio from any source sounds professionally mixed with the Audio Enhancer’s automatic adjustment of volume dynamics and equalization.
Breakaway Audio Enhancer version 1.30.02 – Price $29.95 per license. With support forum. Try the full functional software for 30 days. More info and download at: Breakaway Audio Enhancer software
This software is still within 30 days trial on my Windows right now, so far I am really impressed with the clarity of sound and the bass that I get. The control features are minimal, so you don’t get such as 3D surrounds or ambience control but that’s suits me very well You still can configure a few other functions for example the Bass Boost or Bass Shape. Get the full functional 30 days trial, this is the best trial among all other software here.
DFX Audio Enhancer
DFX Audio Enhancer boosts the sound quality of all of your music, videos, Internet radio, games, and other programs. Simply turn on DFX and be immersed in HD quality sound. Features: 3D Surround Sound, Booming HyperBass, Stereo Ambience, High Fidelity Restoration, Dynamic Audio Boost, Headphones Optimization, Multiple Processing Modes, Preset to Song Association. With free skins available
DFX Regular Price: $39.99 Free to try (DFX Plus features disabled)
More info and download at: DFX Audio Enhancer software
I have tried this software before at the time when you need to get the different versions to use with different media players. It’s nice to see now you just need one version of DFX Audio Enhancer to use with many kind of media players. This software have many adjustable features to suit your need, great for those who like to tweak the sound specifically to personal preference. In term of UI, it’s the prettiest of all.
SoundPimp Virtual Audio Device; a very handy virtual sound card for routing of any audio stream on the computer. SoundPimp is a software surround technology that radically enhances the quality of computer audio. For a head-on impression of the incredibly realistic. Sweet sound is flowing way past the artificial boundary of speakers, literally filling the room with a holistic soundstage full of natural timbre and life-like sounds. One of its fundamental building blocks is High Definition Stereo (HDS), a digital technology running live and working on the fly, actually examining the audio stream many, many thousands of times per second, sample per sample. Any error is promptly corrected applying extremely advanced intonation algorithms so as to restore the smooth and breathtaking soundstage of reality.
SoundPimp 1.6 – regular price $52. For trial version you need to send a request email. More info at: Soundpimp software
This software is not to be used with headphones, that deter me a bit because most of the time i use headphone when I listen to music on my PC. Looks to me it specialize for speaker set-up. The most expensive among the software here but don’t let it stop you from trying.
The goal of Fidelizer’s optimizations is to reduce the “digital glare” in computer audio solutions and make music comes alive like listening to real sound. Fidelizer transforms your Windows device into an audiophile music server by optimizing system and its multimedia platform. It works with any audio software including Roon and streaming services such as Tidal, Spotify, Qobuz, YouTube, and others.
One of the interesting feature of Fidelizer is it optimize your Windows core processing to give priority to to Fidelizer to improve low latency audio performance and increase accuracy of clock resolution. Fidelizer call it ‘audiophile environment’. Also it able to stop/disable most system services that aren’t used in audio applications leaving only audio related services running. You get 3 option: Consumer, Audiophile and Purist. With Purist option, it able to stop/disable most system services that aren’t used in audio applications leaving only audio related services running. For me, I do multi-task while listening music on my PC, I will say this feature is not really useful to me. Most media player like Pot Player or Gom Player has its own built-in task priority option anyway.
Fidelizere offer 3 version of Fidelizer : Fidelizer free, Fuidelizer Plus and Fidelizer Pro. There are quite some difference with feature with these 3 version. For more info, user guide and to download, visit: Fidelizer software
Audio Enhancer Bongiovi DPS Plugin
The Bongiovi DPS “plugs in” to your computer’s sound system so all audio from any application on your PC will receive the sonic benefits of DPS technology. The DPS Plug-In re-masters all PC sound in real-time using the patented Digital Power Station audio enhancer technology. This is a revolutionary interactive experience that changes the way you listen to sound, whether it’s your favorite music, movies, Internet communication, streaming video or games.The Digital Power Station audio technology is a software solution.It is an active processor that scans the audio signal in real time and using our custom profiles, optimizes it for playback on your components. Give Bongiovi DPS Plugin a try to see what it’s really capable of!
Audio Enhancer Bongiovi DPS Plugin – price $19.99. With 48 hours trial available. Windows Vista is not supported. Free version available until January of 2017. (Highlighted at: free Bongiovi.) More info and download at: Bongiovi DPS Plugin software Among with the most minimal adjustable features, it has full functional 48 hours trial for you to try. Too short time for me.
Which audio enhancer software should you try? I have already gave a little of comment under each software but hey, it’s in the ear of the beholder. Have fun trying them.