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VLC: Boosting Volume

📅 2011-Apr-03 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ audio, vlc, volume ⬩ 📚 Archive



When watching videos, sometimes you wish the volume were a bit higher than the maximum your computer can play. The problem is especially acute with videos whose audio is actually pretty low or with the underpowered speakers of most laptops. By default, VLC can already boost the volume upto 200%. But, what if you need your volume to be a big higher than that?


It is possible to squeeze out a bit more volume, at the expense of audio quality. In VLC, choose Tools → Effects and Filters and in its Audio Effects tab you can see the Graphic Equalizer. Here you can get some volume boost by choosing to Enable it and dragging up the Preamp slider. You can get a further boost by dragging up all the individual sliders at the various frequencies.

If you want much more volume than this, you need some new speakers! 😊

Tried with: VLC 1.1.3

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