System Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Windows 11


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Audio enhancement packages are designed to enhance your specific audio hardware performance and quality.

Available audio enhancements will vary depending on the manufacturer.

Sometimes these audio enhancements can cause problems with audio and sound. If you encounter an audio or sound problem, you can try disabling audio enhancements to see if it may solve the problem.

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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable audio enhancements for sound device(s) in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Control Panel




Option One

Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sound on the right side. (see screenshot below)


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3 Click/tap on All sound devices. (see screenshot below)


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4 Click/tap on an output or input sound device you want to enable or disable audio enhancements for. (see screenshot below)

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5 Select Device Default Effects (enable - default) or Off (disable) for what you want in the Audio enhancements drop menu. (see screenshots below)

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6 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Audio Enhancements in Control Panel


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Sound icon.

2 Perform the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  1. Click/tap on the Playback or Recording tab for the type of device you want to enable or disable audio enhancements for.
  2. Select the sound device you want to enable or disable audio enhancements for.
  3. Click/tap on the Properties button.
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3 Perform the following actions: (see screenshots below)
  1. Click/tap on the Enhancements or Advanced tab.

    Depending on the manufacturer, the setting to disable audio enhancements will either be on the Enhancements tab, or the Advanced tab.

  2. Check or uncheck the available audio enhancements you want to enable or disable.
  3. Click/tap on OK.
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4 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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I am probably the only person on this forum that has a battle to disable enhancemnents.

Due to deafness, I can only hear on one side, even then with a hearing aid.

So I have to select option to make all sound monaural. Also my hearing aids have sophisticated frequency adjustment. I cannot hear above 5 Khz which lops off half of human speech range - upshot is females are harder to hear than males (maybe an advantage lol).

My hearing aids are clever and remodulate higher frequencies to a lower frequency, so I can hear full speech range - upshot is all women now have a sexy husky voice lol.

Can you imagine the chaos sophisticated audio enhancements have on my hearing as my specialist hearing aids are being thrown a wobbler all the time?

So I turn all enhanced sounds off and then my hraring aids work well. Ok maybe every thing is kind of "levelised" but I get the clearest speech rendition which is immensely valuable to me.

The annoying part is after updates, I have to recheck audio settings and make sure all enhancements are off. To me, as flat as possible, also keeping audio volume constant if possible is great. So I might lose some nuances, but that is far better than losing up to 30% of speech.
 

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