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)

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    R2.75
  • Total Downloads:
    5,780,646
  • Date Added:
    May 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    106.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,730
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 7 32-bit/8 32-bit/Vista 32-bit

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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version R2.75
Version R2.75 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Realtek Semiconductor
Publisher web site http://www.realtek.com.tw
Release Date May 22, 2014
Date Added May 22, 2014
Version R2.75
Category
Category Drivers
Subcategory Audio Drivers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7 32-bit, Windows, Windows 8 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 106.02MB
File Name 32bit_Win7_Win8_Win81_R275.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,780,646
Downloads Last Week 14,730
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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