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  1.    16 Sep 2017 #1
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    Use Windows 10 (or 3rd party software) to reduce general volume?


    Hello everyone!

    I've recently bought new headphones, only to realize that their sound level is unpleasantly high.

    Of course, one tries to use Windows itself to help himself, but everything I tried does more than just make the sound less loud: it distorts the sound very much.

    I couldn't find anything that could help me, which is why I'm asking here. So, does anyone here know some way of using Windows 10 or any 3rd party software to reduce the general sound levels?

    Thanks.
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  2.    16 Sep 2017 #2
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    You can fiddle with audio compressors, which can and do affect perceived loudness. Google "loudness wars", a common phenomenon on radio broadcasts for the last few decades.

    Are these mp3 files?

    Don't these headphones have any sort of volume control? I've heard of situations with everything at max the sound is not loud enough, but can't recall ever hearing of a situation where you couldn't reduce volume--either in Windows somewhere or in the playback devices own settings.

    If reducing the sound level causes distortion, I suspect something else is going on--something defective.
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  3.    16 Sep 2017 #3
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    I concur with ig....also what's the make/model of you new headset?
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  4.    16 Sep 2017 #4
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    So, of course, thanks for the answers, but I'm not talking about reducing the volume of music files (I can do that).

    What I was talking about was reducing all the sounds that are being played.

    The headphones are perfectly fine and they're not defective. The "distortion" is mentioned began when I tried using Window's built-in audio enhancement called Equalizer. I basically just put all the sliders to about 25%, rather than 50%. This caused massive feedbacks (somehow) and the distortions.

    Hopefully, this made it more clear.
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  5.    16 Sep 2017 #5
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    Have you gone into the sound Control Panel and set everything back to defaults, taking particular care to turn off any enhancements?

    Have you uninstalled and then reinstalled any sound drivers?
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  6.    17 Sep 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
    Have you gone into the sound Control Panel and set everything back to defaults, taking particular care to turn off any enhancements?
    Have you uninstalled and then reinstalled any sound drivers?
    Yes, I have, though this doesn't change anything, they're just as loud as before.
    Since I think that nobody really has this problem, I don't think there's any software to decrease all volume. Well, thanks anyways.

    [I'm not going to mark this as solved as someone could still find something.]
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  7.    17 Sep 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeBedenHasen View Post
    Yes, I have, though this doesn't change anything, they're just as loud as before.
    Since I think that nobody really has this problem, I don't think there's any software to decrease all volume. Well, thanks anyways.

    [I'm not going to mark this as solved as someone could still find something.]
    Did you try the 'Volume Mixer'?

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  8.    17 Sep 2017 #8
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    I use 7+ taskbar tweaker- when my mouse pointer is on the taskbar, I can use the scroll wheel for volume control.

    Another program is Volumouse (free). You can specify a key + scroll wheel e.g. for volume, brightness...
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  9.    18 Sep 2017 #9
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    Thread Starter

    Don't hate me for saying this, but you all don't get what I mean!

    I know how to change my volume. I know what the volume mixer is.

    The problem is that I have to put my volume to 4 or less because it'd be too loud if it was higher. I want to use a tool that lets me put my volume higher without it being too loud.

    I don't even know how to explain it myself... I'm a lost cause...
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  10.    18 Sep 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeBedenHasen View Post

    I know how to change my volume.

    I want to use a tool that lets me put my volume higher without it being too loud.

    I don't even know how to explain it myself... I'm a lost cause...
    I agree with the last sentence I quoted..................because the first sentence I quoted contradicts the second sentence I quoted.

    You "know how", but for whatever reason you either can't or won't.
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