Windows Media Player 10 Audio Tweaks


How can I fine tune my computer's audio?


This question was answered on August 10, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If you are a true audiophile, while playing tunes in Windows Media Player 10 you may want to turn the bass or treble up or down for particular songs to enhance playback enjoyment Or, perhaps middle vocal ranges should be moved up so you can better hear an artist's lyrics? You can perform these tweaks and much more by enabling Windows Media Player 10's 10-band graphic equalizer Here's how it's done:

1 Click the Now Playing tab.

2 Right-click on the Windows Media Player 10 title bar, choosing View - Enhancements - Graphic Equalizer.

3 A panel should appear at the bottom of the "Now Playing" tab Click the Turn on link to enable the equalizer From here you have various options:

* Click on the thumb sliders for each frequency to raise or lower the band; Thumbs near the 31 Hz range are for bass sounds and those near the 16 KHz range are for treble.

* There are three radio buttons to the left of the equalizer that determine how the thumb sliders move:

- The top radio button allows the sliders to move independent from each other

- The middle (default) radio button moves the sliders in a tight group As you move one slider, the others move to compensate.

- The lower radio button moves the sliders in a loose group, still compensating for one another but at a reduced level.

* Click the "Reset" button to return the equalizer to its default settings.

* Click the link to the right of "Reset" to choose between various default equalizer settings that are optimized for types of audio including:

- Blues

- Country

- Rap

- Rock

- Techno

* Click the Turn off link to turn the equalizer off.

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on August 10, 2006