Sometimes, The sound volume from the headphones is not enough to satisfy us. And the user wants to hear the Sound is too high volume. In this case, the user wants to overpass the Headphone volume limit or the device they’re using. So, in this guide, I’ll try to put all the ways to make your headphones sound louder.
However, Before jumping the wagon, You should always check that your device’s volume or the headphone volume is maximum. Also, you should know that Youtube on Chrome on Windows tends to have a bit low Sound than usual. And check whether the Sound of the music or movie is lacking.
CHECK THE HARDWARE FIRST
It is always the best practice to check the headphones themselves. You cannot make your headphones sound louder (generally) if they are faulty. Therefore, carefully examine your headphones first before jumping into your platform and start tweaking.
Following are a few things to check in your headphones.
- Jack and Wires
- The Driver Unit
- Wireless Connectivity
- Try Sound Card or Amplifier
- Earpads, or Earpiece
JACKS AND WIRES
Faulty Jacks and Wires can do a lot more than reducing your sound volume. That is why they are the first thing to check. Make sure you examine the wire entirely and see if there are any damages. We have to emphasize more on CAREFULLY EXAMINING THE WIRES because some internal injuries are hard to notice.
You can start by checking if there are any bends on the wires.
You will be most advantageous if your cables are detachable. In the case of damaged wires, you will be able to swap them with new wires easily. On the other side, if your cables are not detachable, you will need to repair them manually. If you are not familiar with repairing the wires, you can contact an expert to do it. They will charge a couple of bucks for the repair.
Similarly, the loosened, faulty, and damaged jacks can also cause your headphones to sound lower. If the jack is bent or damaged, you can change them. However, you might need to contact an expert to do so.
PLUGS, PLUGS, AND PLUGS
Headphone plugs are the things that get loosened all the time. It arises connectivity issues and affects your sound volume and quality. Use a different headphone on the same plug to check if that is the problem.
Clean the debris inside the plugs to see if that helps.
Debris can form inside the plug over time, and it can prevent your Headphone jack from fitting correctly. You can use cotton swabs and wrap them on a toothpick to clean the plug. However, we would recommend you to take extra care while doing so. It can easily damage the insides of the pins.
THE HEADPHONE’S DRIVER UNIT
The Headphone’s driver unit (or Headphone’s speaker) can get less effective over time. If you are using your headphones for several years, then there is a good chance that the driver unit is at fault. Many different issues can occur due to faulty driver units. And, lower volume and static noise are one of them.
Unfortunately, there is not much you can do in that case. You can hire an expert to repair the driver unit. Or, you might need to upgrade your headphones.
As for wireless headphones, the connectivity can also cause them to sound quieter. Make sure that there is no interference in the wireless connectivity of your headphones. Things like Microwave Oven and Wireless router can mess with the wireless signals of your headphones.
Try using them in different rooms with different environments. Unpair your headphones from all the devices. Some headphones have an option for reset. Pair them again with a single device and see if the problem precedes.
TRY SOUND CARD OR AMPLIFIER
If you are not getting enough Sound or good quality in music, you should consider getting an Amplifier or Sound Card. The Sound Card or Amplifier allows your headphones to power up efficiently, which makes them work great.
However, you may want to match the impedance of your headphones and amplifier. You can use this tool at Headphonesty to find a perfect amplifier for you.
It can also help increase the quality of the Sound. Headphones with high impedance, like 300 ohms or more, require extra power to work correctly; therefore, an Amp or Sound card can benefit them.
However, If your headphones have a low impedance of around 30 ohms, an amplifier won’t do much. Then it would be best if you considered getting a sound card.
Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro is an excellent example of a high impedance headphone.
Earpads or Earpiece
The ear pads or ear cushions can also be a cause of low volume on your headphones. Thick ear pads can dampen the sound waves, resulting in low volume.
You can troubleshoot it by removing the ear pads (if possible) and see if the problem is solved or not.
If the ear pads are causing your headphones to sound low, it would be best to invest in better ear pads. On the other hand, if your ear pads cannot be removed, you can punch holes in them. However, proceed with extra caution because it can damage your headphones.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR HEADPHONES SOUND LOUDER ON PC
There are several ways to increase the sound volume on the PC. These are a few things that you can check on a software level on Windows.
- Check The Volume Level
- Audio Enhancements
- Use VLC Player
- Use a Third-Party Software
Check the Sound Volume On WINDOWS
You may have overlooked the most basic thing. That is why it is necessary for you to check the audio level of your PC first. Here is a step-by-step on how to do it.
- Press the Speaker icon on the taskbar at the bottom right of your screen.
- Slide the slider to the right to increase the Sound.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to tweak the Audio Enhancement Settings on Windows.
- Move your cursor on Audio Icon on Taskbar and Press right-click on your mouse.
- Now Select Sounds. A prompt box will appear.
- From there, navigate to the Playback tab and double-click on your Headphone to open the Headphone Settings.
- On the Headphone’s properties box, navigate to the Enhancements tab.
- From here, you can play with the Settings like Bass Boost, Virtual Surround, Room Correction, and Loudness Equalization. These options may differ according to your headphones, drivers, and sound card. You’ll have to check and find the perfect settings for your device manually.
- After that, click Apply and OK on both prompt boxes.
The settings that work excellent for me are Bass Frequency at 100Hz and Bass Boost at 9dB. And For Loudness Equalization, at entire short.
You can also go to the Advanced tab at the top and change the Default Format. You have to check all of them to find the best one for your headphones.
Use VLC Player
The audio volume on Windows can be increased to a great extent while using VLC Player. For example, the VLC Players allow you to increase the volume up to 200%.
However, it can disturb the sound quality sometimes. You can use the VLC player to increase the sound volume for your offline music videos or movies.
On the other hand, VLC Players also allow you to change the audio settings. For example, you can go full Bass or total Treble according to your preference.
Use A Third-Party Software
You can also use third-party software to increase the sound level of your headphones. Using third-party software will allow you to boost sound levels more than the default. However, you may not get the best sound quality if you overdo it.
You can use Letasoft Sound Booster on your PC to increase the sound volume. It is capable of increasing sound level up to 500%.
Make You Headphones Sound Louder On Android Phones
There are several ways to maximize the sound level on Mobile Phones. First of all, check whether the Sound on the phone and headphones is at maximum. Like PC, mobile phones are widely used to listen to music. That is because they are portable and we mostly carry them with us all the time.
Before starting, I do recommend closing unnecessary apps on your phone. They might slow down your phone’s performance, and end up lowering the sound volume.
If you are using a Wireless Bluetooth headphones, then the sound quality will be a little lower than the wired ones. I would recommend using an AUX cable to connect your headphones physically to the phone. And if your phone does not have a headphone plug, then you can get a USB to 3.5 mm Jack convertor to get your job done.
First of all, enable the developers mode on your Android Mobile device. You can do that by following these steps.
- Go to your phone’s settings and go to the about/info section (mostly at the bottom).
- Locate the Build Number of your phone and press it seven times in a row.
- The developer option will be enabled, and you can now access it through your mobile settings.
In the developer mode, there should be an option to separate the headphone volume from the system sound volume. You can check that to get the best sound quality on your headphones.
Use a Third-party Softwares
There are much third-party software available on the Playstore to increase the sound volume of your headphone. You can also check them to see which one does the best job according to your device and headphone.
I also use the software on my Android devices for playing downloaded music, which is MX Player. The default maximum sound volume that the MX player gives is 15, which is equal to the full sound of your phone. However, changing the video/ audio encoding to HW from SW allows you to set the volume up to 30, which gives double sound from the default volume.
Cleaning your Headphones
Over time of use, your headphones can get dirty, leading to distorted sound, static noise, low volume of sound, and many more. Therefore, it is always recommended for you to clean your headphones thoroughly.
However, do it with maximum care, and do not use any dangerous material that can harm your headphones. You can use the following apparatus to clean a headphone.
- Isopropyl Alcohol (with 70+ percent alcohol)
- Cotton balls/ Q-tips.
- A Tissue/ Clean Cloth
You can check a more detailed guide on how to clean your headphones here.
As seen in this tutorial, there are several ways to increase the sound volume of your headphones. But, there are some drawbacks to it as well. Too much high sound can cause you to have a Hearing Loss problem. So it would be best if you always take breaks when listening to high volumes.
Moreover, it can also damage your headphones themselves. Therefore, it is recommended to take every precautionary measure beforehand.