Making speaker balance permanent

  1. Posts : 353
    Windows 10 Professional

    Making speaker balance permanent

    Hopefully this one is simple...

    Windows 10 Pro.
    I have a hearing problem and need to run the left speaker louder than the right so things sound balanced. I found the speaker settings and balance in the properties and adjusted things to my liking. But it appears that when I rebooted the PC it went back to the default. VOLUME appears to be persistent across reboots, but as near as I can tell, balance isn't...

    How do I make the balance setting persistent?
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  2. Posts : 35,459
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, just checked this- my setting is retained.

    I looked at two possible ways that might let you set this programmatically, but neither nircmd nor Autohotkey seem to support changing the balance settings.
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  3. Posts : 347
    Win 10 PRO 64 Bit

    Gracie Allen this is an old thread, but I have the same issue. I can set the balance to favor the left speaker and it works great. If I choose another song the balance setting somehow reverts back to equal volume to both speakers. Just wondering if you may have found a solution ?
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  4. Posts : 353
    Windows 10 Professional
    Thread Starter

    Unfortunately nothing that's persistent. I suspect you could create a batch program that ran some script to set it every time you booted or logged in, but I haven't found any Windows settings that make it permanent.
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  5. Posts : 35,459
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, sorry to hear that's not working. Can only again confirm that if I change balance in Realtek HD Audio Manager (for example) and restart, that setting is retained- and if I look at the Windows balance adjustment, I see exactly the same setting there.

    I do not have fast startup enabled- you might consider looking at that.

    Suggests the setting is not successfully being written to the registry.

    You could explore that by indentifying where the setting is held in the registry. You can do this using a free progam called Regshot. With your PC doing as little as possible to minimise registry changes, run Regshot. Create the first 'shot' - be patient - 2-3 mins. Change the balance. Create the 2nd shot. Compare. In the page shown, find the key containing the change.

    You also then have the info to create a reg file you can use to reapply that setting if necessary.

    You can then - check that after a restart - has it changed?
    If so, repeat the change but this time boot to Safe Mode. Has it changed? (If not, perhaps it is overwritten by an installed prog.)
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