View Full Version : Tips for "good sound" on G74Sx

04-18-2012, 07:39 AM
Heya lads and ladies,

I don't know if you've had issues with getting "ok" sounds, as I have, on the G74Sx - and I don't know, if this has been posted here before. I just wanted to share "my finding", because I'm really thrilled to finally get some decent sound out of the G74Sx.

Before the G74Sx I was the owner of a G73Jh and to be honest, I never had any real sound issues on that model(maybe because of the small "subwoofer" at the bottom). - And since I listen to rock and metal, bass has always been more or less an issue on the tin speakers of laptops.

Here is what I did on the G74Sx:

Download the Realtek HD Audio Driver from here: Realtek HD Audio Driver (http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3)
When installed, go to speaker properties, choose "Enhancements".
Tick on "Environment" and choose the "Forest" preset.
Tick on "Equalizer" and try to hit this:

It made a huge difference for me and I almost "like" the way the G74Sx speakers sound now.
I do apologize if this has been posted before, but do try this if you think you have tinny sound or lack bass on your G74Sx :)

04-18-2012, 11:08 AM
Worked nice, thankyou. Wish had more speakers though.

04-18-2012, 02:19 PM
Yea, I know... It's quite obvious, when you hear the G74Sx speakers with default settings and drivers, that Asus did not spend a fortune on the built in speakers.
- But this way, with these settings and this driver, I feel it's quite alright to listen to rock/metal/anything with a vivid bass on the built in speakers. - Not something I could do with normal drivers and settings.

I'm glad you approve and it worked for you, imbloodyskintagain!

04-18-2012, 02:43 PM
:)Thanks for sharing your find, Moccamanden .
I'm currently testing my sound by playing music with your configurations (minus the THX Pro)..

So far so good.
However, any of the preset "Environment" choices seem to have the same effect.
But the modded EQ (equalizer) surely makes a difference..

04-18-2012, 03:21 PM
I have THX, and the latest Realtek HD driver, but I don't see "Enhancements" anywhere.

04-18-2012, 03:31 PM
THX TruStudio provides a preset equalizer configuration. If this is used, any enhancements from the Realtek driver are disabled. You can use one or the other, but not both.

04-18-2012, 06:13 PM
Yea, You can't use both THX TruStudio and the Realtek HD Drivers.
The reason I went away from THX TruStudio was because I had nothing but trouble with it. At one point it would work - at another not. Besides from that, it seems that Steam occasionally has/had problems with THX TruStudio(I experienced this when I had my G73Jh) and would refuse to load or lag like hell, making your gaming experience a living hell. I was told by some people that this was due to the fact, that Steam "thought" there was 2 soundcards conflicting or something like that.

Also, I have downloadet an iso from Digital River(Microsoft digital download site) long ago, because I really hate all the bloatware that comes with the default Asus installation(it takes 30 mins to clean out...). - So per default I have no THX TruStudio installed.

04-18-2012, 06:32 PM
Yea, You can't use both THX TruStudio and the Realtek HD Drivers.

Just to be clear...you are still using the Realtek driver, even with THX or whatever 3rd party ehancement utility you use. What you can't use is the Realtek Audio Manager equalizer.

In Realtek Audio Manager, whether using presets or customized equalization, you can replicate the effect of any presets offered by the common 3rd party utils. It's just more cumbersome and time-consuming (unless you find a preset you like).

Ultimately, I found the paid version of SRS Essentials to be the best solution for us. It's very effective, it's a stable program, and it's easy to use. Again, I think the Realtek equalizer could do the same thing, but this is just an easier solution for $20.

04-18-2012, 07:42 PM
So which would be better to use, THX or Realtek? :S Also, Iunno if I am willing to pay $20 for SRS Essentials.

04-18-2012, 08:53 PM
I've used THX TruStudio and the Realtek equalizer. You can configure the equalizer to have a similar profile as THX TruStudio and they will sound the same. But with the Realtek EQ, you have more freedom to adjust the sound to your liking and can save multiple sound profiles.

04-18-2012, 09:04 PM
Oh. :S Hm...If I upgrade my THX to some better pro version, would that help a lot, or would that be a waste of money?

04-19-2012, 02:45 AM
Oh. :S Hm...If I upgrade my THX to some better pro version, would that help a lot, or would that be a waste of money?

The thing is, however good a 3rd party sound enhancer may be (i.e. THX, SRS, etc.),
the fact still remains that the G74 built-in speakers leave much to be desired..

So, unless I always plug-in with a 5.1 or 7.1 external sound system, enhancing the
sound in the Realtek HD Audio Manager is just fine.

04-10-2014, 09:00 AM
Works much better without THX, and in Realtek HD on POP ;)

04-13-2014, 09:39 PM
I've never tried the Realtek HD Audio Drivers but I did find the sound improved quite a bit with the THX if you choose "External Speakers".
Question: To try the Realtek solution it sounds like you have to uninstall the THX drivers first then install the Realtek so both are not on the system?