Windows 10: Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version

  1.    01 Feb 2016 #671

    @ CountMike: I'm a bit wary of installing Realtek's very latest audio driver for 10, because it might be the wrong one (maybe not for my particular hardware IDs). I had an issue awhile back where I had done this, and it made my speakers sound atrocious. The reverb/echo was just really, really bad and distorted, causing my friends to joke that my speakers sound like a boombox.

    The ones for my particular model on Dell's website work, sound fine, but are just well...........old. They're for Win7. I really would like to have the latest version that is optimal for 10, but don't want them to sound like crap. I know that some OEMs/manufacturers do customizations to drivers for specific models. The generic Realtek drivers are just that, generic, and may/may not sound fine. Also, the newest Realtek driver may or may not support SST (not sure if my model has that capability), does the driver installer auto-detect and adjust accordingly? Or do I need to find a version that specifically supports SST (or not)?

    The Microsoft Update Catalog seems a bit useless, since I can't check all the Hardware IDs for the latest version(s) to see if they match what I'm seeing in Device Management.

    The "Realtek High Definition Audio Codecs" is what I used last (, all of which are dated 2015 or older. If I download the latest stable WHQL (not beta) driver from Realtek's FTP site, this would be better?
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  2.    01 Feb 2016 #672

    You are more likely to find proper drivers from Realtek than from MS because MS drivers are more of generic type, some without bells and whistles Realtek drivers have. They are supplied by Realtek to MS which doesn't make drivers, just distributes them.
    Realtek distributes drivers for many of their CODEC chips and windows in one package, that's why whole file is so large. If you download particular driver there is/are .INI files that specify what they are exactly for. It can be read by any text editor.
    Driver installs only files necessary for particular CODEC chip, other files are not installed. It may be best if drivers existed at MB/computer manufacturer's site because they might put some extras in them but next best thing is from chip manufacturer.
    All of that goes for other parts, not only for sound.
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  3.    01 Feb 2016 #673

    Go grap them from realtek FTP sites and unzip and install them. i had a dell once and all the realtek one will work for a dell with a realtek codec.
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1703
       01 Feb 2016 #674

    Tonyb said: View Post
    Go grap them from realtek FTP sites and unzip and install them. i had a dell once and all the realtek one will work for a dell with a realtek codec.
    I agree totally with that Tony.

    @ AnonVendetta, if it doesn't work out you can always uninstall and try another version out. Realtek are releasing WHQL HD drivers practically on a weekly basis at the moment.
    I've been trying them all out and apart from the odd one which has sounded bad there's not a lot of difference between them.
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1703
       03 Feb 2016 #675

    Build 7735 WHQL has been released today.

    username : spcust
    password : hwwk758z
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  6.    03 Feb 2016 #676

    DooGie said: View Post
    Build 7735 WHQL has been released today.

    username : spcust
    password : hwwk758z
    Also in the Microsoft Update Catalog for those that are interested.
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    Thread Starter
       03 Feb 2016 #677

    Thank you. First post updated.
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1703
       04 Feb 2016 #678

    Build 7736 WHQL is now available from the Realtek ftp servers.

    username : spcust
    password : hwwk758z

    I guess this must be a bugfix release with it being so soon after 7735.


    I just tried out build 7736 and can report that the sound is much improved over 7735 which to my ears sounded a bit muffled and unclear. Best to skip 7735 and go straight to 7736.
    Last edited by DooGie; 04 Feb 2016 at 11:30.
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       04 Feb 2016 #679


    duplicate error in editing, pls see below
    Last edited by jonnyOn7; 04 Feb 2016 at 21:34. Reason: duplicate
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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       04 Feb 2016 #680

    Well it's been nearly 2 days since I started installing the latest drivers for every single curseadeity component in my XPS l502x, and it's been... painful.

    Incidentally, of all the manufacturers, Realtek are the first I've noticed to not include a versionhistory - some inspired marketing idea to mitigate - publicity?! Is the bug list really that long?!

    Trying this latest version with much skepticism, spideysenses tell me they're related to win 8 / 10 / new hardware, but after reading Doogie's report... well it's certainly worth a listen.

    Ooh just thought while I'm here, was gonna pester dell/realtek re this but maybe someone here can shed some light...

    My XPS has a built-in sub-woofer (I know!! sic : ) and it sounds class, but sometimes it's a bit... heavy. I'd love to just trim the db's a bit, but the sub volume in playback device has no impact

    Attachment 62479

    question 1 is why?! q2 Is there any way of fixing this, or any workaround?

    according to nirsoft soundvolumeview, there are subunits, but tweaking the levels doesn't do anything..

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    thanks, and hi

    Jonny, just joined

    EDIT: I don't really ever use the HD audio, just the internal speakers (and sub).. just spotted deviceid prefix info ({2}.\\?\) in above devices, I'm guessing black-in & sub etc all pertain to a HDMI, or optical config... maybe question marks indicate missing (not connected) receivers?

    guessing aloud is allowed, right?!
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