Windows 10: Does Win10 offer Loudness Equalization w/ HDMI Audio Playback Device?

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  1. Posts : 4
    OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
       31 May 2017 #1

    Does Win10 offer Loudness Equalization w/ HDMI Audio Playback Device?


    Does Win 10 offer Loudness Equalization when using the HDMI Audio Playback Device? It's normally found under the Enhancements tab of the Audio Panel.
    While it appears that this feature is still available when using the "Speakers" audio playback device, when using HDMI for audio, the feature is nowhere to be found.
    It could be that I am not seeing it due to a driver limitation. Although, I have had a few others check their Win10 PC and they had no luck either. It has either been removed by Microsoft (or driver manufacturer) or is simply not as common as with previous OS versions.
    If anyone has any insight on this, please do share. Furthermore, if you are running Windows 10 and are able to verify on your system, that would be much appreciated! Thank you.
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  2.    31 May 2017 #2

    When using HDMI, especially NVIDIA, I've had to use the NVIDIA control panel to change sound settings, and use Windows for volume controls. Yet that was back when I used Windows 8.1, and right now I'm currently using DVI. I do have 1 windows 10 setup with HDMI and I'll check the settings and let you know
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    OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
    Thread Starter
       31 May 2017 #3

    Thanks for the quick response. I did read about an NVIDIA workaround (link), but unfortunately, the PC I have uses an Intel audio driver. I don't have the driver version # in front of me at the moment, but I will respond with it later. I do appreciate you checking your system. Thanks again.
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  4.    31 May 2017 #4

    thefloodlight said: View Post
    Does Win 10 offer Loudness Equalization when using the HDMI Audio Playback Device? It's normally found under the Enhancements tab of the Audio Panel.
    While it appears that this feature is still available when using the "Speakers" audio playback device, when using HDMI for audio, the feature is nowhere to be found.
    It could be that I am not seeing it due to a driver limitation. Although, I have had a few others check their Win10 PC and they had no luck either. It has either been removed by Microsoft (or driver manufacturer) or is simply not as common as with previous OS versions.
    If anyone has any insight on this, please do share. Furthermore, if you are running Windows 10 and are able to verify on your system, that would be much appreciated! Thank you.
    it depends on the hardware being used to send the sound through HDMI as to whether the "enhanced" section is available or not.
    additionally, whats available in the "enhanced" section could vary depending on the hardware as well.
    as far as sound is concerned, i use an audio processor called "stereotool" to process the sound prior to it being sent to the HDMI (or any output) - i find this far superior to using the "enhanced" section of the hardware itself - the latency is adjustable for absolute minimum delay between display and sound.
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    OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
    Thread Starter
       31 May 2017 #5

    EliteData said: View Post
    it depends on the hardware being used to send the sound through HDMI as to whether the "enhanced" section is available or not.
    additionally, whats available in the "enhanced" section could vary depending on the hardware as well.
    as far as sound is concerned, i use an audio processor called "stereotool" to process the sound prior to it being sent to the HDMI (or any output) - i find this far superior to using the "enhanced" section of the hardware itself - the latency is adjustable for absolute minimum delay between display and sound.
    I too believe that the hardware can affect the features that are available. It's just I have yet to see this feature available on any Win 10 PC (using HDMI audio) that I have tested. I have also asked contacts at both Seneca (Arrow) and Shuttle, but they have not been able to confirm it either. I agree it should be available, I'd be interested to hear if anyone has actually seen it.


    Thanks for the tip about "sterotool". I am certainly not opposed to using a third party solution if it is better. The feature built into Win7 was not perfect, by any means. I will look into it.
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  6.    31 May 2017 #6

    Right click the speaker icon in the Notification area and click "Recording devices". Click on the recording device you're using and check it's properties tab to see if there's anything there to help your issue. It probably won't other than just generic stuff.

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    Honestly, the recording device/software should be the where you need to look for setup options and what not. I don't use recording devices so I don't see any options to speak of it there were some there. Just posted to see if this would help you.

    Let us know.
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  7.    31 May 2017 #7

    these settings are based on what is written in the .INF file for the type of hardware thats being used, so you might be able to force these features to appear with some editing of the .INF file but they may not do anything at all when ticked.
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  8.    31 May 2017 #8

    What's "these settings" ???

    And please elaborate on what it takes to modify the hardware's .INF file.
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  9.    31 May 2017 #9

    sygnus21 said: View Post
    What's "these settings" ???

    And please elaborate on what it takes to modify the hardware's .inf settings.
    the OP is talking about the settings shown in the attached screen capture.
    id like to elaborate on editing the INF file for specific hardware to enable/disable features/settings but it would require me to write lengthy details and instructions on how its done, its likely easier to use google to find information that pertains to it but i have sucessfully done this on wireless cards to enable features that previously did not exist.
    commercial Atheros cards are an example of custom editing the INF to add/delete features shown in the hardware properties tab.
    not all hardware will respond to additions of settings/features added to the INF file.
    obviously, after editing the INF file, you have to unload the driver and reload it (using the INF file for that driver) to see the additions of the settings in the properties tab.
    edit: here is an article that explains much better what is entailed when editing the INF file.
    INF File Entry Values That Modify Device Properties before Windows Vista | Microsoft Docs
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  10. Posts : 4
    OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
    Thread Starter
       31 May 2017 #10

    Thank you for all the support / tips. I really mean it.

    I will let you know how my testing goes. I hope to be able to mark this as solved!
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