Realtek HD Audio Drivers is an application that helps your PC deliver HD (high-definition) audio. The tool handles the interface tying your computer’s audio hardware and operating system, so that you could hear music via plugged-in headphones or speakers. It is made for motherboards sporting Realtek compatible chipsets.
Yes, Realtek HD Audio Drivers is free to download and use. The tool can be downloaded on almost all Windows operating systems, including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, vista and XP. The driver is designed specifically for 64-bit Windows versions. Therefore, trying it on 32-bit Windows is not recommended.
32- and 64-bit are categories of computer processors. A computer using a 64-bit processor would not necessarily perform significantly better than a 32-bit processor, but the 64-bit architecture would determine what software programs the particular computer could use.
The audio driver software has several built-in functionalities and features. For instance, it has a six-channel DAC (digital-to-analog-converter) that completely supports 24/20/16-bit PCM (pulse code modulation) format for 5.1-ch audio. As a result, the sound driver can produce Dolby, high-quality DTS and Surround Sound.
Upon installing the driver on your computer, you get Realtek HD Audio Manager that helps tune and experiment with your computer’s sound. The application installs itself on your computer with the Manager. The software can be launched from the ‘system tray’ by activating the ‘speaker’ icon.
This is tool for anyone who is not happy with his laptop or computer’s default audio drivers and would like to boost the performance tangibly. Also, people who are particular about keeping their PC’s drivers updated for increased stability and optimal hardware performance would appreciate this program.
The user interface of Realtek HD Audio Drivers is simple and well-categorized. There are two primary categories named ‘speakers’ and ‘microphones’. And both the tabs have their own individual settings so that you can derive the audio output you desire.
The ‘speakers’ tab comprises settings that help you modulate your PC’s speakers. It has a few sub-sections. For instance, the ‘main volume’ category helps adjust volume or balance right-left speaker output with the help of a slider. There is also a mute button to muffle the speakers up.
The ‘microphones’ section helps you configure how your PC’s microphones work. The tab has sub-sections of its own – such as ‘microphone effects’ and ‘default format’ – that help you work further on the settings. The category lets you reduce static background noise while recording audio. It also helps reduce acoustic echo induced by the front speakers while recording.
If you are facing issues installing this tool, uninstall the driver and try installing it again. If the reinstallation doesn’t work, you must do a roll-back. A driver roll-back is essentially an inherent Windows feature that lets you uninstall the current driver and install the driver that was previously installed.