How to Lower the Bass on an HP Computer's Volume Settings
By Jeff Grundy
Computers produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s often shipped with relatively low quality speaker systems that did not produce much bass. Many HP desktop and laptop computers made since the mid-2000s, though, include audio systems that use bass-enhancing features for a richer listening experience. While the extra bass produced by these systems is appropriate in some applications, it may be overpowering or distracting in others. Consequently, virtually all HP systems enable you to lower bass volume to suitable levels.
HP Systems with Beats Sound
Press "Windows+I," and then click "Control Panel."
Click "Hardware and Sound," then "HP Beats Audio Control Panel."
Click the "Playback" tab, and then click "Equalization" in the navigation pane.
Click and hold the slider control labeled "Bass." As you hold the left mouse button, slide the control downward to reduce the bass level.
HP Systems with IDT Audio Chipset
Press the "Windows+I" keys, and then click "Control Panel" in the Settings charm.
Click "Hardware and Sound," and then select "Sound."
Click the "Playback" tab, and then select "Speakers and Headphones – IDT High Definition Audio CODEC."
Click the "Properties" button, and then click the "Tone Controls" tab.
Click and hold the "Bass" slide control. Slide the control downward to reduce the amount of bass produced by the audio system.
HP Systems with Realtek Audio Chipset
Click "All Control Panel Items" on the Start screen, and then click "Sound."
Click the "Playback" tab, and then highlight the "Speakers – Realtek High Definition Audio" device.
Click the "Properties" button, and then click "Enhancements."
Enable the "Equalizer" option in the Enhancements list. Click the "…" button next to the "Setting" drop-down list. The Graphic EQ window opens.
Slide the "31," "62," "125" and "250" frequency controls downward to reduce the bass output levels for those frequencies.
Click the "Save" button to save the new equalization settings.
- If you do not know the type of audio chipset in your HP system, you can find out by opening Device Manager. To do this, open Control Panel, and then click "Hardware and Sound." In the Hardware and Sound window, click the "Device Manager" link under the Devices and Printers header. In the Device Manager hardware list, click the "Sound, Video and Controllers" value to view the type of audio chipset installed in your HP computer.
- Some legacy HP desktop and laptop computers do not use the above audio chipset types mentioned. For older systems with legacy audio chipsets, download and install the HP Tone Control utility to adjust bass and treble frequencies.
Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.