Poor sound quality on Windows 10

I got a new screen for my Dell and my sound bar no longer works.  I hooked up a pair of Real Tek speakers and they sound like the sound is coming from a tin can.  I am hoping to find a sound equalizer app or maybe even a windows setting that I don't know about that will help with the sound quality.
First, run the Playing audio troubleshoot - open Start > Settings > Update & security > Troubleshoot
Scroll down, select Playing audio
Click Run the troubleshooter

When complete, restart your computer then check if audio is working again.

Press Windows key + X
Click Device Manager
Expand Sound, video and game controllers

Right click your audio adapter
Click Properties
Click the Driver tab

Is there an option rollback?
If so, click it.

Also, check to make sure the audio driver is fully updated. This is often the problem when you upgrade to a new version of Windows 10. Sometimes reinstalling the latest available driver from the manufacturers website helps.

Open Start, type: change sound card
Select the Playback
Right click your Speakers
Click Set as Default Device if it isn't already

Select your speakers
Click Properties
Click the Levels tab
Use the slider to adjust level
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Last updated May 25, 2021 Views 8,915 Applies to: