Fix bad sound on Lenovo ThinkPad [SOLVED]

If you read my blog you probably know that I am a big ThinkPad fan. Lenovo has continued the classic IBM lineup and now there is a ThinkPad for almost any taste. My current favorite is the Lenovo ThinkPad T470. This 14″ beauty is nearly perfect for work and travel.

However, from the factory it does suffer from a (fixable) issue that seems to plague many modern ThinkPads… terrible sound! 

Specifically, the sound is extremely echo prone… After listening to some music on the laptop my wife aptly said “it sounds like they are singing into a tin can”. Like terribly bad sound quality that is almost unbearable 🙁 Thankfully there is a simple fix that can drastically improve the sound quality problems 🙂

Here are the three necessary steps:

  1. Go to “Sound” in Windows Control Panel
  2. Select your speakers first, then “Properties”
  3. Check the box that says “Disable all sound effects” (then click OK)

And here are screenshots:

Open “Sound” in Control Panel

Click your speaker first, then Properties

Navigate to the “Enhancements” tab, then check the “Disable all sound effects” box and click OK


Voila, after that your sound should be much better 🙂

NOTE: these steps are for Windows 10 Pro but they should apply to any version of Windows that utilizes a similar driver.


  • Roxy

    I figured my laptop sound was just going to suck forever. Happy I googled it & thx 2 u for the super fix! xoxoxo

    • Hi Roxy,
      Thank you for your nice comment. I am very glad that my sound tip helped fix your laptop’s sound issue 🙂 Have a great week and enjoy your better sounding laptop!

      Best regards,

  • Johonn

    SO much better! I have no idea why those terrible effects are default! Thanks for the instructions. I almost bought a new pair of headphones, but I’m glad I didn’t.

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