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!Β 

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 unbearableΒ πŸ™ Thankfully there is a simple fix that canΒ drastically improve the sound quality problemsΒ πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ Have a great week and enjoy your better sounding laptop!

      Best regards,

  • tom

    yay, that was a quick and awesome fix.

    the other one i used already was to fix blurry dialogs

    If you’re already comfortable with the registry, go to HKCU>Control Panel>Desktop and change the Win8 scaling key to “1” and add a new key “LogPixels” with a value 78 (which changes the windows default of 96 pixels to 120 pixels). You shouldn’t need all of the compatibility fix stuff after this.

    what other fixes have you guys applied?

  • Eugene Yong

    Hi JD!
    I just ordered a T470 yesterday! So glad you also love the
    T470! I happened to chance on this post. WHAT A GODSEND!!!
    Thank you so much!

  • Vinc

    You just saved my life bro! πŸ˜‰

    THANKS, been struggling with this one for a very long time.

  • 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.

  • Ryan F

    awesome, thank you for this information!

  • Kat

    I dont have an enhancements tab. Every fix online refers to one, so i am getting nowhere…

    • Hi Kat,
      I am sorry to hear that you are still having trouble with the sound on your laptop. May I suggest that you please check that the latest Lenovo sound drivers are installed. If you have the latest version, there should hopefully be an enhancement tab πŸ™‚ Good luck and have a great week!

      Best regards,

      • Yolanda

        Hi J.D
        I am having the same problem on my carbon x1 gen 6, I have the latest driver installed but cannot find this enhancement tab, not sure if that’s something to do with this model? Hope you can help as I am trying to do online interviews as the microphone problem is really killing me.
        Thanks a million!

        • Dear Yolanda,
          Thank you for your question. You may want to check any Windows 10 sound properties and see if there are any adjustments you can make there.

          I am sorry to not be of more help! I actually recently had to return a ThinkPad X1 Carbon G6 because from the factory it had a bad soundcard, i.e. there was no sound device recognized in Windows and the system would not even beep on errors/startup prior to loading Windows πŸ™ It is quite a shame as otherwise the idea of the X1 Carbon is nice. I ended up switching to a Samsung laptop and have been quite impressed.

          Best regards and good luck!


  • Rich

    Thanks for this!

    I have a Lenovo T470 as my work laptop, and the sound through the headphone jack was terrible (though strangely not through the docking station), but this fixed it instantly.

    Definitely the most helpful google I’ve done today!!

    • Dear Rich,
      Thank you for your kind words. I am very glad that my tip helped fixed the sound on your T470 laptop!

      Enjoy your nice laptop and have a GREAT week πŸ™‚

      Best regards,

  • Swathi

    It really worked, thank you so much! Much love for the help πŸ™‚

    • Dear Swathi,
      Thank you for your nice comment! I am very happy that my tip helped fix the sound on your Lenovo laptop πŸ™‚

      Best regards and have a GREAT week!

  • meyend

    Thanks to the author.

    Those who don’t have the enhancements tab and may have the Dolby sound – try toggling on/off button there. Helped for me. Good luck!

  • rc

    awesome. thanks dude. it worked

  • Lale

    Thanks a lot, man. Simple and efficient.

  • meb

    I had a very bad noise on my Lenovo Thinkpad E530 (probably from fan), so I checked your solution. Although it did not fix that issue, it boosted my laptop’s audio quality considerably. Thanks a bunch.

    • Dear Meb,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I am very glad this tip helped improve the sound on your Lenovo laptop. πŸ™‚

      Stay safe and have a great week!

      Best regards,

  • Baphomet

    Wow…for almost two years, I just thought that I have to accept the incredibly crappy sound output I was getting from my Thinkpad X1’s headphone jack! What on earth are they thinking to call this effect an enhancement? Anyway, thank you so much for this quick and easy fix which I discovered just by Googling for the issue. Now I do not have to use my phone anymore in case I want to listen to music while working.

    • Dear Baphomet,
      I am so glad to hear that my tip was able to improve the sound on your ThinkPad X1! That is wonderful news and I hope you enjoy the better sounding music and movies, etc. πŸ™‚

      Have a GREAT weekend!

      Best regards,

  • Rachel

    Thanks so much, was trying to turn my now redundant little Lenovo note book into a streamer using Tidal into a very expensive set of electrostatic speakers DAC and amp. The sound was as you describe. After checking with CD and turntable it was definitely my poor notebook. So I googled and there was your description of the exact same problem. It worked. Like night and day. Sure I could spend more money on a better dedicated streamer but for now the little thing is very musical, bless it. Thanks, I owe you one.

    • Dear Rachel,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your cool music setup! I am VERY glad that the tip was able to improve the sound your notebook. πŸ™‚

      Have a GREAT week and enjoy your music!

      Best regards,

  • RFD

    Thanks JD. This seems to have fixed the problem.

  • Cristian

    oh boy, I heard the transition on the fly and it was like when the jack is only half-plugged and you push it to the bottom…
    thanks mate!

  • Mark Blackwood

    Thank You!

    As an audiophile, I knew the sound was just not right, even though others told me it sounded fine the way it was.

    Your tip made all the difference.

    Thanks again,


  • Tim

    I know this is an old thread, but Holy Sh*t! This is the first recommendation I’ve found that seems to have actually worked in fixing my “no bass” problem in my sound output. Thank you!

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