The 5 Best Windows 10 Sound Equalizers to Improve Your PC Audio

If you’re an audiophile, a heavy gamer, or simply enjoy customizing the sound on Windows 10 How to Customize Sounds on Windows 10 (And Where to Download Them) Customize the sounds on Windows 10, find new sounds themes and schemes, and improve the sound quality of your computer. Read More , you’re probably looking for a sound equalizer app.

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An equalizer can adjust the loudness of specific audio frequencies—called bands—to suit both the listener’s preferences and the acoustics of the environment. For example, an equalizer will let you boost the bass when listening to dance music or increase the treble in a room that responds to low-frequency sounds.

1. Windows 10 Sound Equalizer

Windows 10 Sound Equalizer

Windows includes a native sound equalizer. However, it’s very basic. You can’t adjust the various bands or create your own profiles. For anyone who’s serious about their audio, it will not suffice.

If you’d like to check it out anyway, right-click on the speaker icon on your taskbar and go to Sounds > Playback. Next, right-click on your speakers and choose Properties.

In the new window, open the Enhancements tab and mark the checkbox next to Equalizer. You can choose one of the default sound profiles from the drop-down menu in the Sound Effect Properties section.

2. Equalizer APO

Equalizer APO for Windows 10

So, we’ve established that the native sound equalizer in Windows 10 is disappointing. Which apps should you use instead?

Our first recommendation is Equalizer APO. It’s the most powerful, customizable, and full-featured free sound equalizer that you’ll find.

The app operates as an Audio Processing Object (APO), so if your audio uses APIs like ASIO or WASAPI, it will not work.

Equalizer APO’s best features include an unlimited number of filters, multi-channel use, support for 3D surround sound, and very low CPU usage. You can also create multiple profiles (perhaps for your external speakers and your headphones) and hop between them in a flash.

The big drawback is the lack of a graphical user interface (GUI). You need to edit the filters in a TXT file. Thankfully, several third-party GUIs are available. We recommend Peace Equalizer.

Download: Equalizer APO (Free)

3. Equalizer Pro

Equalizer Pro for Windows 10

Equalizer Pro is another popular choice. It’s much more user-friendly than Equalizer APO thanks to its clean and clutter-free interface.

The app offers a ten-band equalizer. That’s not as many as some of the other sound equalizers in this list and way behind professional music equipment which might provide 30 or more. However, it’s more than adequate for all but the most dedicated audiophiles.

Equalizer Pro comes with 20 equalizer presets, a system-wide bass boost feature, and the ability to save your own equalizer profiles. The app also offers a preamp volume control. It means you can adjust a single band to boost low tones with needing to tweak each band individually.

Equalizer Pro is not free. You can enjoy a seven-day trial, but thereafter you will need to pay $19.95 for the license.

Download: Equalizer Pro ($19.95)

4. Viper4Windows

Viper4Windows for Windows 10

Viper4Windows is an open-source sound equalizer for Windows 10. It also works with Windows Vista, 7, and 8.1.

The equalizer offers an impressive 18 bands; it’s as many as you can hope to find on a consumer-level computer-based equalizer. The bands’ ranges run from -120dB to 13dB. As you’d expect, you can create your own profiles or use one of the many available presets.

Viper4Windows also offers some features beyond sound equalization. They include:

  • Room Size: You can set the size of the room you’re listening in, and Viper4Windows will adjust the surround sound settings accordingly.
  • Bass Boost: The app offers a customizable extra boost to the low-end sounds.
  • Distortion Control: You can choose from three presets or use the slider to tweak the control in decibels.
  • Reverberation Settings: Viper4Windows offers settings to control audio damping, density, bandwidth, decay, and more.

Note: Make sure you set Viper4Windows to run in administrator mode. Right-click on the app’s file and go to Properties > Compatibility > Settings > Run this program as administrator. Doing so ensures the equalizer will still work if another app runs the software.

Download: Viper4Windows (Free)

5. FXSound

FXSound for Windows 10

The FXSound app is two tools in one. There’s the equalizer (and its associated effects) and the real-time audio processing feature.

Firstly, let’s look at the equalizer. It comes with 10 bands that go from 110Hz to 15KHz. There are also customizable sliders for fidelity (to reduce the muffled sound in compressed audio), ambiance (to add extra stereo depth), surround sound, dynamic boost (to increase the loudness with increasing the dynamic range), and bass boost.

The preset profiles include Rap, Alternative Rock, Dialog Boost, Country, Techno, and countless more.

The real-time processing excels when you’re listening to audio on the web. internet audio is only 16-bit, but FXSound uses a 32-bit processor. The processor automatically adjusts the fidelity, ambiance, and surround sound of the audio, then re-dithers it into 16-bit. This allows the app to improve significantly on the theoretical limits of the web’s 16-bit output.

FXSound offers a seven-day free trial. The full app costs a one-off payment of $49.99.

Download: FX Sound ($49.99)

Bonus: Voicemeeter Banana

Voicemeeter Banana for Windows 10

If you do a lot of work with a microphone—perhaps because you’ve started your own podcast or upload a lot of videos to YouTube—you should try Voicemeeter Banana.

The app’s main feature is the advanced audio mixer. It lets you control your computer’s audio 9 Useful Ways to Control Sound in Windows 10 You can control the volume with a remote or use mouse gestures. Here are the best ways to control sound in Windows 10. Read More for any kind of streaming or recording.

From an equalizer perspective, the mixer lets you adjust audio input as well as output. Therefore, if you’re casting your screen via Twitch, speaking to the family on Skype, or recording a podcast with your friends, you can make up for any microphone deficiencies by making the sound crisper and less distorted.

You can play with the equalizer settings in the app’s Master Section.

Voicemeeter Banana is donationware. You can pay what you like for the software, and you don’t have to pay anything at all.

Download: Voicemeeter Banana (Free)

Learn More About Sound on Windows 10

Using a sound equalizer in Windows 10 is just one part of the battle. There are lots of ways to tweak the operating system’s audio output to your liking.

For example, did you know it’s possible to set the sound output devices on a per-app basis? Or use a hidden feature to give yourself virtual surround sound?

And remember, if anything ever goes wrong, we’ve got you covered. Just check out our article on how to fix audio issues on Windows 10 7 Steps to Fix Sound Issues on Windows 10 When Windows 10 has no sound, check your sound settings, audio drivers, and codecs. We show you how to get your sound back. Read More .

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  1. James
    September 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I downloaded Equalizer APO and it asked me to restart my pc for it to work. Now my PC is bricked and won't load windows, it just blackscreens after going into repair mode.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Pranav
    July 29, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Please give the download lik for Viper4Windows along with tweaking tips for Windows 10

  3. clark
    June 13, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Doesn't appear that the author used any of these products.
    Equalizer Pro doesn't work. They offer a free 7 day trial, but after multiple attempts, I couldn't get the 7 day trial. So, I purchased the product to find that it didn't work. It appears simple to use and looks like you can change the decibels for each band but the sound doesn't change. There are no instructions for it and nothing on their website. The order was processed through and then prohibitsoftware.
    After several hours of wasted effort, I called the and got my money back.

    I appreciate their wasting my time.

  4. Kevin
    March 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Ears Audio great!!!!

  5. F. Ehrhardt
    March 3, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    "In the new window, open the Enhancements tab" - great idea but NO SUCH TAB.

    Windows 10 Home

    • Deezy
      January 13, 2020 at 1:11 am

      Its in mine....

  6. Lee
    February 26, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    The Win 10 built-in one appears to be gone with all the changes with 1809 and after. Perhaps with the assignment of sound control to apps? Going to test one of the add-on apps, but the default one is no more, I'm afraid.

  7. Zac
    October 12, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Click the little ... next to the Settings for the windows EQ.
    You will find you in fact CAN set the various bands and create profiles

  8. Pe'er Pampher
    September 29, 2018 at 2:11 am

    May I tell you all: checked EQ APO, plus that Peace with the GUI and you'll experience a new PC. Put 16 and 20KHz on almost full and the creationists, say, at Creative Lab wouldn't believe it!-) Peace has even got a -tada, like SoundBlaster's only advantage- save setting for individual programs! 30dB gain as well?!! EARth' gonna take off at a tangent. Ney, really nice...