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Issue with loudness equalization in Windows 8.1

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    Windows 8.1

    Issue with loudness equalization in Windows 8.1


    I'm running a dual boot system, with Windows 7 and 8.1, and output audio through my monitor's speakers via HDMI. With Windows 7, loudness equalization works, I don't have to constantly adjust the volume because something's suddenly too loud. But for some reason, this isn't the case in Windows 8. For instance, when watching a video, in Windows 7 the audio will sound constant throughout. In 8, it will get quiet, then really loud, then quiet again. This is despite having the same Nvidia Audio drivers and same playback settings (with loudness equalization ticked). Does anyone know what might be causing this issue?

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    There are other things running (or running in the background) in Win 8/8.1 that you do not have in Win 7. I would more suspect that as a potential cause.

    When does this happen? With on-line audio? Playing a Video? Playing audio files on the PC or from a commercial audio CD?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    There are other things running (or running in the background) in Win 8/8.1 that you do not have in Win 7. I would more suspect that as a potential cause.

    When does this happen? With on-line audio? Playing a Video? Playing audio files on the PC or from a commercial audio CD?
    Games and videos (both online Youtube videos and MP4 videos in VLC player). For instance, with Dragon Age Inquisition, I played it on Windows 7 and never had an issue with audio. Then I installed it on 8.1, because it improves performance quite significantly. It did that, but now it has audio issues where certain sounds are ridiculously loud while others are overly quiet.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I'd have to guess a driver issue.
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    Try it without the loudness EQ, or any sound enhancements. I also agree it could be a driver.

    Please fill in the "My System Specs", we have no idea what hardware you have other than an NVIDIA video card.
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Updated my specs. I'm using an Nvidia card, so I used Geforce Experience to install the drivers, same as Windows 7. So it's using the same HDMI audio drivers as that OS.

    And I've tried without any sound enhancements, no change.
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    The Intel CPU has built in graphics and HDMI video/audio. Although a hassle as you may have to temporarily remove the NVIDIA card, I would try the Intel HDMI and see if you get the same thing with that.
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    The Intel CPU has built in graphics and HDMI video/audio. Although a hassle as you may have to temporarily remove the NVIDIA card, I would try the Intel HDMI and see if you get the same thing with that.
    How would I do that exactly?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Jax765 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    The Intel CPU has built in graphics and HDMI video/audio. Although a hassle as you may have to temporarily remove the NVIDIA card, I would try the Intel HDMI and see if you get the same thing with that.
    How would I do that exactly?
    Your motherboard has HDMI ports, use one of them. That should use the Intel GPU HDMI instead of the Nvidia. For testing it may require removing the Nvidia card and also check BIOS settings to see if there is something in graphics to allow switching.
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jax765 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
    The Intel CPU has built in graphics and HDMI video/audio. Although a hassle as you may have to temporarily remove the NVIDIA card, I would try the Intel HDMI and see if you get the same thing with that.
    How would I do that exactly?
    Your motherboard has HDMI ports, use one of them. That should use the Intel GPU HDMI instead of the Nvidia. For testing it may require removing the Nvidia card and also check BIOS settings to see if there is something in graphics to allow switching.
    Wouldn't that cause issues because it's not making use of my GPU properly? Besides I'm pretty certain that's not what's causing the problem, considering it works fine in Windows 7.
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