7 Best Windows 10 Equalizers To Boost Your PC Audio

By | April 27, 2022

If you are an audiophile, a heavy gamer, or just enjoy adjusting the sound on Windows 10, you might be looking for a sound equalizer app.

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

But which is the best Windows 10 equalizer? Is there a free equalizer for Windows 10? Keep reading this article to learn more.

APO Equalizer

Our first recommendation is the APO Equalizer. This is the most powerful, customizable and full-featured free sound equalizer you will find. Application operates as Audio Processing Objects (APO), so if your audio uses an API like ASIO or WASAPI, it won’t work.

The best features of APO Equalizer include an unlimited number of filters, multi-channel usage, support for 3D surround sound, and extremely low CPU usage. You can also create multiple profiles (perhaps for your external speakers and headphones) and jump between them in an instant.

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

Equalizer Pro

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

This app offers a ten-band equalizer. That’s not as many as the other sound equalizers on this list and far behind professional music equipment that might provide 30 or more. However, it’s more than enough for all but the most dedicated audiophiles.

Equalizer Pro comes with 20 presets, a system-wide bass boost feature, and the ability to save your own equalizer profile. The app also offers preamp volume control. This means you can adjust one band to boost the low notes by needing to change each band separately.

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

Viper4Windows

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; as much as you can expect on a consumer-grade computer-based equalizer. The range of this band ranges from -120dB to 13dB. As you’d expect, you can create your own profile or use one of the many presets available.

Viper4Windows also offers several features beyond equalization. They include:

  • Room Size: You can set the size of the room you are listening in, and Viper4Windows will adjust the surround sound settings.
  • Bass Boost: This app offers a customizable extra boost for low-end sound.
  • Distors Controli: You can choose from three presets or use the slider to change the control in decibels.
  • Echo Settings: Viper4Windows offers settings to control audio attenuation, density, bandwidth, crashes, and more.

(Notes: Make sure you set Viper4Windows to run in administrator mode. Right click on the application file and go to Properties > Compatibility > Settings > Run this program as administrator. Doing so ensures the equalizer will still work if other apps are running the software.)

FXSound

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

First, let’s look at the equalizer. It comes with 10 bands that go from 110Hz to 15KHz. There are also adjustable sliders for fidelity (to reduce muffled sound in compressed audio), ambience (to add extra stereo depth), surround sound, dynamic boost (to increase loudness by increasing dynamic range), and bass boost. Preset profiles include Rap, Alternative Rock, Dialogue Enhancement, Country, Techno, and more.

Real-time processing excels when you listen 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 converts it back to 16-bit. This allows applications to significantly increase the theoretical limit of 16-bit web output.

FXSound offers a seven-day free trial. The full application requires a one-time fee of $49.99.

Download: FX Sound ($39.99, free trial available)

Voicemeeter Banana

If you do a lot of work with the microphone maybe because you have started your own podcast or upload a lot of videos to YouTube you should give Voicemeeter Banana a try.

The main feature of the app is the advanced audio mixer. It lets you control your computer’s audio for any kind of streaming or recording.

From an equalizer perspective, the mixer lets you adjust the audio input as well as the output. So if you’re pitching your screen on Twitch, talking to family on Skype, or recording a podcast with your friends, you can fix the mic’s flaws by making the sound crisper and less distorted. You can play with equalizer settings in the Master Section of the app.

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

Boom3D

Boom3D is an equalizer app for Windows 10 and macOS.

This software is mainly designed for people who listen to their computer audio through headphones. It can turn all your audio output into 3D surround sound without any additional hardware or amplifier.

It also offers one of the most advanced equalizers of all the apps on our list. Equalizer has 31 bands and dozens of prizes, both of which combine to provide an immersive listening experience, regardless of the audio genre you’re playing.

EQ Audio Equalizer

EQ Audio Equalizer is a bit different from the other Windows 10 sound equalizers we’ve covered. Instead of being an EXE file that you download and run on a Windows operating system, EQ Audio Equalizer is a Chrome app.

Being a Chrome app has its advantages and disadvantages. On the downside, it will only work with audio generated from within the Chrome web browser; it can’t change bands across your machine.

However, most people listen to audio through Chrome on the desktop whether it’s YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, or something else altogether. This extension will also work on all your devices running Chrome and will not eat up your system resources.

Learn More About Sound in Windows 10

Using the sound equalizer in Windows 10 is just one part of improving your audio. There are many ways to change the operating system’s audio output to your liking.

For example, did you know it’s possible to set the sound output device on a per-app basis? And remember, if something goes wrong, we help you. Check out our article about how to fix audio problems on Windows.

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