Fix poor sound quality in speaker and headphone

Windows 10 users reported this issue poor sound quality in speaker and headphone when they are listening music from desktop computer or laptop. We have noticed that most probably the latest Windows update is causing poor audio quality in speakers and headphones. Check this guide if you are facing bad audio issue after Windows update, update. However we need to identify that whether it is speaker hardware, headphone hardware or computer audio port hardware issue. Possible resolution steps are listed in this guide resolve poor audio quality issue in your computer.

RECOMMENDED: Fix this issue in 3 simple steps. Takes only 2 minutes.
1) Download repair utility.
2) Install program and click Scan button.
3) Click Fix Errors button when scan is completed.
4) Restart your computer.

Quick checks to resolve poor sound quality in speakers issue.

This guide also can cover below issues and follow this article for resolve them.

  • Audio quality so bad
  • Low quality audio
  • Poor sound quality from AUX
  • Bad sound after windows update
  • Poor audio quality in speakers
  • Poor sound quality in headphones
  • Poor audio quality

Step 1: Make sure that speaker and headphones are connected to PC properly.

Improper or loose connection between audio devices (speakers or headphones), computer may cause poor sound quality issue. You can find audio ports on the front and back panel of computer (desktop) and side panel of laptop.

As shown in the image the speaker or headphone jack should be connected the green audio port in front or to back panel also you can switch audio jack between front and back panel to make sure the ports are not causing the issue.

audio output_poor sound quality

Still facing poor audio quality issue even after switching speaker and headphone jack from front panel to back panel?. Suggest you to check the speakers and headphones with known good PC to make sure speakers are working fine without bad noise.

If speakers and headphones producing bad noise, just replace the speakers or headphones as they are gone bad.

Step 2: Reconfigure Audio settings

It is required to reset sound settings and make necessary changes in your computer. Access sound settings by pressing Windows + R key together and paste “control mmsys.cpl sounds“press enter. Refer this guide to manage sound settings.

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Step 3: Restore your PC

Note: Before making any changes in your PC, recommend you to create system restore point so that you revert back the settings back if something gone wrong.

System restore is an effective Windows feature that help us to revert computer to the previous working condition in few simple click. Follow this guide to restore your PC it can help you to resolve poor audio quality issue if it started recently by Windows updates or incorrect settings.

Step 4: Roll back audio drivers.

Few chances that faulty, incompatible audio drivers also can create poor sound quality in speakers issue. It is good idea to roll back audio drivers to check drivers are not causing the audio quality issue. To do that refer this guide: How to roll back drivers in Windows 10.

  • Press Windows + R key together to bring up run command.
  • Type as devmgmt.msc (Device manager).
  • Scroll down to Sound, video and game controller > Right click Properties.
  • From Driver tab, Click Roll Back Driver as shown in the image.

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As said in step 1 you may have to replace the speaker or headphones after the proper check know good PC (Assuming they are working fine other known good PC) else you have to take your computer to local hardware repair centre. Please comment the result here, we will research further.

Refer also:

No sound after Intel smart sound driver Windows update
Fix No Sound after Unplugging Headphones in Windows 10
iTunes Not Playing on Headphones
Poor sound quality on Windows 10

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Arun Prabhakar

Arun Prabhakar immensely interested in following Windows and other technology developments. Being passionate Windows blogger, he loves to help others on fixing their computer issues.