Realtek’s High Definition Audio Driver is one of the most used sound drivers which provides high-quality DTS, Dolby, Surround Sound. This driver software comes with a number of features and functionalities such as a six channel Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) that fully supports the 16/20/24-bit Pulse Code Modulation format for 5.1 channel audio. Realtek HD Audio Driver is typically required for your audio device to be in working condition. The company released the latest audio drivers a month before Windows 10 was released to keep up with the changed desktop environment.
When you install this driver on your PC, you are provided with Realtek HD Audio Manager using which you can tune and play with the PC sound. In this guide, we will explore the Realtek HD Audio Manager portal to configure the speakers and microphone on your PC.
Realtek HD Audio Manager
This software gets installed on your PC along with the package when you install any Realtek HD Audio Driver. You can easily launch the software from your system tray by double-clicking the Speaker icon.
Alternatively, you can also launch it from Program Files location in your system drive:
The executable filename can be different based on the software version you install.
Once you launch Realtek HD Audio Manager, it looks like this:
You can see two tabs in the above image:
Let’s explore them one by one.
1] Speakers Tab
In this tab, you can modulate the settings related to speakers on your PC. Under the Main Volume section, you can adjust the system volume or balance the left-right speaker audio output using the slider provided there. Also, you can muffle up the speakers using the mute button.
Down below, we can see three tabs using which you can configure the way sound is played on your PC.
In this tab, you can test the stereo output of the speaker or headphone that are connected to the PC. Once you click on the play button provided there, both left, and right speaker output will be tested by playing a sample audio clip. You can identify if there are any discrepancies by comparing the output for each. You can also use Headphone Virtualization, which uses advanced processing to create the illusion of a home theater while using stereo headphone. It’s quite same like Surround Sound system. Apart from this, you can configure the usage full range speakers as well.
You can apply effects to the sound output using the functions provided in this tab. It provides you with a long list of available Environment effects with loudness equalization to reduce perceived volume differences. You can choose from the numerous options to intensify your speaker/headphones sound with impressive environment effects. You can also use a native Equalizer and Voice Cancellation feature to set the sound effect per your comfort.
Under this tab, you can select the default sound quality in terms of sample rate and bit depth. If you are using an audio CD or a DVD, then you can set the sound format using CD Format and DVD Format options respectively.
2] Microphones Tab
Under this section, you can configure the way microphones work on your PC. Below are the available sections to induce effects for Microphone device:
It provides an option to suppress the static background noise when you are recording some audio. Apart from this, you can reduce the acoustic echo caused by front speakers during recording. These functions help you record clear audio.
Like the Speakers settings, you can use this function to select the default sound quality format.
Modulating these settings as per your requisites can help you utilize the full potential of your speakers and microphones. You can even manage the power wielded into modulating these settings by using inbuilt Power Management option.
Clicking on the little battery icon on the bottom left position opens up the Power Management window where you can choose to disable the changes when your PC is running on battery power.
Do check out the features provided in the Realtek HD Audio Manager and make the most of it.