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Looking for a laptop that has a louder volume

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lockeyp, Sep 14, 2018.

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  1. Lockeyp

    Lockeyp Thread Starter

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    Hi Guy's

    As the heading suggests that I would like a laptop that has a louder volume. I sit approx 2 feet away from the speakers upon my laptop and when it is up full I can barely hear it I have thought about carrying external speakers about with me but that would be unethical as it is only for my enjoyment especially when trying to listen to YouTube videos, I am literally straining my hearing, so now I am looking for a laptop for around £400 which I can hear.

    Any ideas.

    Lockeyp
     
  2. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor

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    If you have not already done so and presuming of course volume is turned to full, then try this
    1. Open your Control Panel
    2. Select “Sound” under Hardware and Sound
    3. Select Speaker Properties
    4. Select the Enhancements tab
    5. Check Loudness Equalization
    6. Click Apply

    IF you set up does not have a loudness equalisation then follow this
    1. Open your Control Panel
    2. Select “Sound” under Hardware and Sound
    3. Select Speaker Properties
    4. Select the Enhancements tab
    5. Select Equalizer
    6. Turn up each EQ band.
    7. Save this setting as a preset for easy recall* (Optional)
    To the best of my knowledge there is no laptop specifically marketed as having better quality speakers, except insofar as relates to the more expensive laptops and I refer to way above £400. For instance some of the HP models and others have audio by Bang & Olufsen, considered by many to be amongst the best.

    Generally speaking laptops and high quality speakers are not compatible due to size limitations and even if you can increase the sound LEVELS, this is not usually without distortion.

    I would have thought your best answer was a pair of headphones for home use
    which of course caters for your concerns regarding the disturbance from external speakers and a pair of in-earphones travelling - presuming you would not want to carry a set of headphones around.

    For both options - you really need to test them - most stores will have a testing set -
     
  3. Lockeyp

    Lockeyp Thread Starter

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    Thank you I really appreciate your input Mac Boatman, I have taking it on board I could go up to £500 - £550 would that change the outcome.
     
  4. Macboatmaster

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    I am not very knowledgeable on laptops in this respect but generally speaking I would not have thought so, as I tend to think you are moving more towards twice that amount or even more before you would notice any real difference and even then perhaps it is more in quality than in volume
     
  5. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    I have a £1,000 + HP envy high spec laptop. The sound quality is excellent but volume is still somewhat lower than I really would like. The only real way to get higher volumes is use headphones or plug in speakers that are powered by the USB ports.

    on balance headphones are much more satisfactory. I tend to use in the ear headphones that came with my nokia lumia mobile phone. They give me the best result, with good level of volume & extremely clear & quite good tone. Perfect for you tube or casual listening, but definitely not for listening to Opera or classical music for long periods
     
  6. Macboatmaster

    Macboatmaster Trusted Advisor

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    I agree as I said
    Lockeyp does not want to use speakers as above

    Referring to the quality rather than the volume
    which my colleague has now confirmed with his HP Envy
    so good luck with it and please remember do try and test before purchasing, some lower quality headphones and especially in earphones are terrible sound quality
     
  7. plodr

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    Fact: most laptops have sub-par speaker volume.

    I either use earplug or a small portable speaker like this
    mp3speaker.jpg
    The original speaker cost me $5 and I was pleased with it so I purchased 2 more that were on sale and cheaper than $5.

    I also use one attached to my mp3 player so I can listen to music in my car. (Our cars are old and don't allow us to plug in a phone or mp3 player).

    The little speaker measures about 13.5cm x 5cm x 6 cm high so it isn't too hard to attach to a laptop and move with it.
     
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