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partyrock's avatar

How can I make my volume speakers louder on my laptop ?

Asked by partyrock (3865 points ) December 21st, 2011

Is it possible to make the volume louder if it’s already to the fullest ?

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lillycoyote's avatar

I don’t know of any way to do it. I have this small external speaker for my laptop. It works great and isn’t much trouble to pack with me. That’s the only solution I’ve found for increasing the volume and sound quality on my laptop. There are a lot of good external speakers available, you wouldn’t have to get that one, but I think an external speaker or speakers is the only way to do it.

jerv's avatar

Nope.

The internal speakers of most laptops are somewhere between anemic and pitiful. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, the internal speakers suck and there is no way to improve them.

Thankfully, you don’t have to use them. There are a variety of external speakers available, though I personally do not like any set that doesn’t have it’s own amplifier. The one @lillycoyote has one; you can tell because it lists it’s own battery life. Those that lack their own amp are generally barely louder or better than the laptop speakers, and thus not worth the money, weight, or time.

Brian1946's avatar

@lillycoyote

Does that speaker fit in the carrying case for your laptop?

lillycoyote's avatar

@Brian1946 Yes it does. It’s a different shape but it’s not much bigger than my wireless mouse and I can pack it all in the case with my laptop. I also use it in the car with my iPod to listen to audio books because my car radio doesn’t have an auxillary input for the iPod. It’s great little speaker for it’s size. Obviously, once you start adding things you have to haul around with your laptop the less portable and convenient your laptop becomes so I didn’t want two huge speakers that I had to pack along with me and that little thing is more than adequate.

SmashTheState's avatar

If you’re willing to accept lower quality sound, you can get subjectively louder sound from your speakers. Get a sound driver which supports normalization. Normalization to the top end is sometimes referred to as “red-lining,” and is why commercials sound louder than regular television programs. The sound is normalized to the high end, meaning that sounds which are normally quieter are increased to match the same volume as sounds which are supposed to be very loud. The top volume isn’t any higher, but the average is much higher, making it sound louder. The down-side is that it makes the sound flat and listless, without variation or inflection. Incidentally, this is why modern music industry CDs sound so awful; they’re normalized to produce a consistent (loud) volume.

RareDenver's avatar

@lillycoyote I have two of those speakers. They are amazingly good for their size and price. I just gave my Dad two of them for Christmas as well.

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