Why are my Headphones So Quiet on PC?

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Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Michael has been writing about consumer technology for over a decade. He usually writes about headphones & other gadgets.
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Music fans like it loud.

And that is one of the problems you would face if you are someone troubled with the low volume on your headphones when used with your PC.

You may have observed that connecting your PC to a powered loudspeaker and playing or streaming music, you can literally shake the floor.

But, you would not find the same level of performance with your headphones. Ever wondered on the lines – why my headphones are so quiet on the PC?

We will let you know why and help you address the concern in a better manner.

Click here to watch the video on how to make your headphones louder or continue with the guide…

Why Are My Headphones So Quiet?

Well, one of the major reasons for the lower or quieter performance of the headphones either on your smartphones or PC/laptop could be the mismatched impedance levels. However, there can be several options that may affect the functionality of your headphones.

Fix 1 – Disable Audio Enhancements

Disabling all audio enhancements can help you with the problem. If the enhancements have already been disabled, check if enabling them solves the issues.

Here is how you would be able to achieve it –

  • Look for the speaker icon on your taskbar.
  • Choose the Playback option 
  • Choose your headphones from the list. 
  • Double click on it or choose Properties
  • Next, locate the Enhancements tab
  • Choose it and locate the option for Loudness Equation
  • Enable the setting and save the changes

You are good to go. Your issues should now be resolved and the headphones should be back to their normal loudness levels.

Fix 2 – Opt for a Third Party App

You can make use of equaliser apps available online. These tend to increase your headphone volume considerably.

However, ensure that you are opting for genuine apps that come from reliable developers. Opting for a spurious source can leave your device vulnerable to malware attack.

One such capable software can be Equaliser APO. You can enhance the volume beyond your standard levels. However, do take care that you are not wearing the headphones when you are experimenting with the settings. The app is safe and free from virus.

Fix 3 – Check Headphones for physical Issues

There are several reasons physical damage may have damaged your headphones. Checking out each of the issues can help you get a better performance.

The headphone jack on your device may have collected debris. It could be due to several reasons.

In fact, a substandard headphone may find its chips getting deposited inside the headphone jack. You can opt for cleaning it up using a few solutions.

BIC pen is one of the most commonly used techniques, though you may need to exercise caution while using it. Take out the ink cartridge from your ballpoint pen,  insert it slowly into the jack and twist it gently.

This would loosen the debris if any. You may also use compressed air to clean the jack. Ensure that you are using a heavy pressure, lest you will end up damaging the jack.

If you have the habit of stretching the headphone cables, the cable may have elongated or broken within the cable. If you can open the casing, you can also check if the soldering between the wires and the components is proper.

Fix 4 – Use Specialised Media Apps

Well, you have configured your volume settings to the maximum. Maybe your headphones have the maximum volume levels set to the level that you may be getting now. So, there is nothing you can do, right?

Well, that should not be the case actually. You may use a few third party equaliser applications like the one we mentioned above.

In addition to the specific graphic equalisers, you may also give a try to the media tools like VLC Media Player.

These offer you the possibility of enhancing the volume further than what your device or headphones can offer you. VLC Player, in fact, lets you increase the volume to up to 125 per cent.

However, exercise caution while you use those tools. By forcing the headphones and the device to work higher than the optimum level that they have been configured to, you may damage the internal circuitry of the equipment.

Any Warning?

Well, there are a few ways that you can employ to improve the loudness of your headphones.

However, if you find your headphones providing you with a too low volume, it would be advisable to check it with any other headphones on your device. You may also check your headphones with another device to rule out any issues.

That way you would b able to rule out the possibility of any issue on any of your devices.

Though we have suggested a few good options to resolve the issues of low volume on your headphones, we would also suggest you exercise extreme caution while employing any of the methods indicated above.

If you do not possess the basic technical awareness about how things work, please refrain from performing any of those tasks. It would be advisable to seek guidance from your friends who possess enough knowledge.

The Concluding Thoughts

Those were a few inputs on how to address the low volume on your headphones.

If you still consider there is still an issue even after performing those remedial actions, it could be possible that either of your devices suffers from an inherent problem. Consulting the appropriate service facility would be the best alternative in those situations.

Possibly larger sized headphones can do the trick of improving the audio performance and offer you the kind of loudness you want. But before buying a new headphone right away, borrow one from your friends to check the compatibility and rule out any issues with the PC or smartphone – as the case may be.

Have you used any of those methods to address the too quitter headphones in your case? In case you tasted success with any of them, do share your experiences with us.

This would help us expand our knowledge, and possibly help others who may have the similar issues.

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