1. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10
       25 May 2016 #1

    Enhancing sound

    I could use some suggestions on how I can boost, enhance, or otherwise manipulate sound on my laptop. I know this system isn't a multi-media hub, although I do have Kodi and Plex installed. When I watch movies on Netflix or a dvd, the sound is rather bland and flat. Need some sort of software based booster/eq. I've asked this question on a few Facebook pages, and folks start suggestion players. That isn't what I'm looking for, don't need a player for Netflix. Suggestions?
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,529
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       25 May 2016 #2

    I have a program called Soundblaster Cinema 2 which can do exactly that.
    From emulating surround sound to emphasising base and treble to per device profiles.
    It came with the PC, here's a URL
    OEM - Software Solutions - Sound Blaster Cinema 2

    However if you use a player that has a built-in graphic equaliser, you can probably do most of what's needed.
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  3. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10
       26 May 2016 #3

    The computer has a RealTek HD embedded chip onboard. No real controls what so ever. Just volume control. That's it. If you've ever used Netflix, not all videos are created the same. Every desktop I've built, I used Sound Blaster sound cards. A few motherboards might have had Turtle Beach, but more often then not they had RealTek onboard chips which I had to disable. Just wondering how a Creative Labs software package will work with another company's sound processor and just how much can be done given the physical limitations of that chip?
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  4. Joined : Sep 2014
    Cheshire, UK
    Posts : 403
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       27 May 2016 #4

    All sound cards can be manipulated to achieve better sound, it's a case of amplification and frequency, SB cinema is a software suite and will work with any sound device, the purpose of a sound card is to deliver sound, the only limitation with Realtek hardware is the faint buzzing noise from many onboard cards.
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  5. Joined : Jan 2015
    Posts : 183
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       27 May 2016 #5

    IMO, you need to have a DSP plugin such as Dolby Virtual Speaker to greatly enhance depth. To be honest however, you are much better off with a headphone then use Dolby Headphone. You will hear bass as deep and as punchy as that of a home theater except you don't feel the bass. Since Dolby mimics surround, you will hear surround except it's in your head, but IMO the experience will be much better than the laptop speakers.
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  6. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,529
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       28 May 2016 #6

    True, you need to start with the hardware. External speakers or a decent pair of headphones. Just look at how tiny laptop speakers are. Whether you use powered external speakers (choose carefully for sound quality!) or your own sound system - like my 1980's Technics amp + Acoustic Research speakers with 10" woofers- that makes a huge difference.

    But if you've only your laptop, then for portability, headphones obviously.
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  7. Joined : May 2016
    Posts : 78
    Windows 10
       29 May 2016 #7

    Honestly, although I'm using a laptop, I don't take it anywhere. I used earbuds as I have the laptop next to our bed on a TV table. That way I can watch It in bed, while my wife uses the TV. I've been using the earbuds that came with my Samsung Galaxy S3, but they actually died last night. So now I'm trying to use my JVC full sized headphone. Not as comfie while laying down though. I will look into that SB Cinema package the next time I head over to MicroCenter.
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