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

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 140 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    R2.79
  • Total Downloads:
    6,270,417
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 26, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    100.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    9,569
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excellent!!"

April 14, 2015  |  By Fred55110110

 |  Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.75

Pros

Great upgraded drivers for Realtek HD audio cards. User adjustable EQ. with the standard EQ. presets for those who don't like to set thier own frequency levels. Nice HD settings for surround sound also and room adjustments for speaker arragements.

Cons

Wish I had this for all my computers.

Summary

Works great and glitch free, fully adjustable for all sound settings, and its free.

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5 stars

"Quick and easy download, easy to use."

January 20, 2015  |  By DeppIshmael

 |  Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.75

Pros

Quick and easy download, easy to use.

Cons

Thanks a lot. it is good.

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5 stars

"Has every useful function"

December 29, 2014  |  By CarlssonKops

 |  Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.75

Pros

Really easy to use even for beginner like me does what you want!

Cons

No so far !!!!

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5 stars

"Best free utility"

December 25, 2014  |  By PitreMurphey

 |  Version: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 32-bit) R2.75

Pros

For me, it is very suitable

Cons

None that I can see.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version R2.79
Version R2.79 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Realtek Semiconductor
Publisher web site http://www.realtek.com.tw
Release Date June 26, 2015
Date Added June 26, 2015
Version R2.79
Category
Category Drivers
Subcategory Audio Drivers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7 32-bit/8 32-bit/Vista 32-bit
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 100.74MB
File Name 32bit_Win7_Win8_Win81_Win10_R279.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,270,417
Downloads Last Week 9,569
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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