Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit)

Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit)


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 136 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
R2.75
File Size:
106.02MB
Date Added:
May 22, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 7 32-bit/8 32-bit/Vista 32-bit
Total Downloads:
5,687,083
Downloads Last Week:
15,736
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Realtek's free High Definition Audio Codec pack enables stereo digital audio at resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio. Though it's essentially a package of drivers, it installs like a Windows program and may require a reboot. Realtek HD Audio Codec is available in separate downloads for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Vista, 7, and 8 systems with Realtek controllers.

Pros

Audiophile-quality digital audio: No matter the source, you'll get super-high-quality digital audio. We streamed audio at up to 320kbs from Spotify and other sources. Even MP3s sounded better.

Dolby HT4: Dolby Home Theater 4 settings include Movie, Music, and Game modes with up to six presets, or you can turn Dolby off in the Properties dialog.

Multiple output options: We could select and configure Realtek Digital Output options for all our digital connections and output jacks, including optical, USB, and internal ATAPI.

Cons

Realtek HD controllers only: Not all motherboards use Realtek audio chips, and not all Realtek controllers are HD-compatible. Fortunately, the codecs won't install on the wrong system.

Watch the installation: There are other programs added automatically during the standard installation. Choosing the Custom installation option let us decline "extras" we didn't want.

System compatibility: While Realtek HD Audio Codec works with Realtek controllers, some motherboard implementations may not be fully compatible and require proprietary audio drivers instead.

Bottom line

If your PC has a Realtek HD audio controller, Realtek High Definition Audio Codec will help you get the most out of it. Chances are, your Realtek controller may already have this codec, courtesy of Windows Update. If it doesn't have it, get it!

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  • All Versions:

    3.3

    out of 136 votes

    • 5 star: 43
    • 4 star: 42
    • 3 star: 7
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 39
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  • 1 stars

    "Didn't work"

    April 19, 2014   |   By leastofthese23

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.73

    Pros

    No Pros. Didn't work at all, just wasted my time.

    Cons

    Didn't work. Installed ad-ware. Waste of time.

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  • 1 stars

    "Thank you SO much for the useless spam!"

    February 17, 2014   |   By Zathyrra

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.73

    Pros

    Nothing at all.

    Cons

    Even after a System Restore, my computer is full of crud that messes up my Chrome settings. You guys ROCK! Not.

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  • 1 stars

    "Only installs a bunch of spyware and viruses"

    January 04, 2014   |   By ladyluxe

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.73

    Pros

    Absolutely none.

    Cons

    My computer is full of spyware and viruses.

    Summary

    Whoever said this installs small apps is right. I thought CNET was supposed to be legit but apparently they're not. I downloaded this to fix a sound issue. When it was done installing all I got was some weird spyware program called mobi that had nothing to do with the codec. And when I went to finish the installation for the codec it said there WAS no codec. Ridiculous. Do NOT download this!

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  • 2 stars

    "Quit smuggling bunch of small-time apps."

    July 12, 2013   |   By doonnoo

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) 2.71

    Pros

    Dunno, didn't install cuz of the small apps.

    Cons

    Ok, if you're giving me install of realtek HD audio codec just give me that, quit making me install bunch of stuff like "Backup My PC", "WebCake" etc.. *** are these ? i didn't ask for these, and i didn't even have the option to not install these. So this is clean cut app smuggling. QUIT THIS ******** CNET. I had to connect with my gmail to rant about this bs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works Great For Me"

    June 05, 2013   |   By Fred55110110

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) 2.71

    Pros

    Best driver for this system yet. Restores all E.Q. functions and gets rid of the sometimes annoying clicks and mis-ques when using the Loudness E.Q. with the old driver had.
    Works great and very smoothe.

    Cons

    None that I've run into.

    Summary

    Works well and very smooth, no problem downloading and no problem installing, just make sure your installing the right driver for the right sound card.

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  • 1 stars

    "Worse than a virous"

    April 30, 2013   |   By zeldazebra

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 32-bit) 2.68

    Pros

    None it did not work

    Cons

    It messed with the settings on my Google chrome
    I see this as nothing more than malwhare!

    Summary

    Stay away from this malicious software and sight!

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  • 5 stars

    "Solved my problem with Win8!"

    November 03, 2012   |   By kuupano

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 32-bit) 2.68

    Pros

    I installed Win8 on my 6-yr-old Asus A6F. Everything else worked perfectly and smoothly, but there was no sound. Looked for an answer, tried to install drivers found in the web, etc. This package solved the problem. Thanks!

    Cons

    None whatsoever.

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  • 1 stars

    "Complete fail!!"

    August 13, 2012   |   By nfsmw_gr

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 32-bit) 2.68

    Pros

    Works if you just want stereo speakers..

    Cons

    Can't remap any output!!
    Are you kidding me???
    I have an i7 w7 8gb ram pc and my old core 2 can change output fine?
    What is wrong with you?????

    Summary

    Don't even think about trying it...use older version....

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  • 5 stars

    "Quite good"

    April 20, 2012   |   By allkenv

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 32-bit) 2.68

    Pros

    Does all that it claims to do. Quite a good update.

    Cons

    Cannot find any.

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  • 3 stars

    "Fast download, easy setup what more could you ask for?"

    March 31, 2012   |   By Blazin_u

    Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 32-bit) 2.65

    Pros

    Fast download, easy setup

    Cons

    not 1 problem at this time.

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