Best audio settings for Modern Warfare 2: How to turn Loudness Equalization on

Liam Mackay
Modern Warfare 2 Operators in Mercado Las Almas map

Using the best audio settings for Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and Ranked Play will allow you to hear enemy footsteps clearly. Here are the best MW2 audio settings for Season 6 to ensure you don’t miss a beat.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the competition is fierce, and one way to improve your skills is by using the best loadouts for each scenario. But another key aspect is having the best audio settings in MW2. This will increase your map awareness and let you follow your enemies closely.

We’re breaking down the best sound settings and how to enable the controversial Loudness Equalization setting for you to understand and react to each audio cue. Here are the best audio settings for Modern Warfare 2 Season 6.

Best Modern Warfare 2 audio & sound settings

When trying to find the best audio settings for Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer, we recommend players use headphones instead of a TV speaker or soundbar. Having the sound directly in your ears massively improves your spatial awareness, so even a cheap pair will be better.


  • Audio Mix: Headphones Bass Boost
  • Master Volume: 65
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Dialogue Volume: 50
  • Effects Volume: 100
  • Hit Marker Volume: 50
  • Speakers/Headphones Game Sound Device: Default System Device
  • Mono Audio: Off


  • Subtitles: Default
    • Campaign: On
    • Multiplayer: Off
    • Coop: Off
    • DMZ: Off
  • Subtitles Size: Default
  • Subtitles Background Opacity: 0

Voice Chat

  • Voice Chat Device: Default System Device
  • Microphone Test: Off
  • Microphone Device: Default System Device


  • Auto-connect At Match Start: Off
  • Mute Yourself When Connecting: On

Audio Advanced Settings

  • Juggernaut Music: Off
  • Hit Marker Sound Effects: Classic
  • Mute Game When Minimized: On
  • Reduce Tinnitus Sound: On
Modern Warfare 2 music volume option in menu
Modern Warfare 2 lets you fine-tune your audio settings.

Best Modern Warfare 2 audio settings explained

We found that Headphones Bass Boost gave the clearest footstep audio in Modern Warfare 2, so enabling this setting is key to pinpointing enemy locations around the map.

While we have the Master Volume at 65, it all depends on your headphones and preferences. If you find the game too loud and can’t hear your party members chatting, turn down this slider, and it’ll lower the volume across the whole game.

While Modern Warfare 2 delivers an excellent score, we recommend turning Music Volume down to 0 when playing multiplayer. It’ll only work as a distraction, so turning it down will allow your ears to focus purely on the gameplay.

Similarly, turning down the Dialogue Volume to 50 means the characters shouting won’t cover up any vital audio cues, but you’ll still be able to hear them. And you don’t need super loud hit markers, so you can turn Hit Marker Volume down as well, but it’s all down to personal preference.

Subtitles can help players pick up more information from the announcers and other Operators mid-match, but they can sometimes be a distraction. We have multiplayer Subtitles turned Off, but feel free to experiment and see what you prefer.

Unless you enjoy talking to other players in the lobby throughout a match, we recommend setting Auto-connect At Match Start to Off and muting yourself while connecting to a lobby.

The Hit Marker Sound Effects are down to personal preference, but we found Classic to be a bit more punchy than Modern Warfare 2’s default mode.

Infinity Ward have included a Reduce Tinnitus Sound option, which swaps the flashbang’s high-pitch ringing sound “with a more dull, murky sound.” Enabling this setting will ensure Modern Warfare 2 isn’t so harsh on your ears, and you can also make it less harsh on your eyes by enabling Dark Flash Grenades.

How to turn on Loudness Equalization in Modern Warfare 2

Loudness Equalization’s power has made it controversial.

Loudness Equalization can be enabled from the Playback tab in the Sounds option that appears when you right-click the speaker icon on your taskbar. This PC-only setting drastically improves the loudness and quality of enemy footsteps, allowing players to pinpoint enemy locations with ease.

Here are the steps you need to follow to turn on Loudness Equalization in Modern Warfare 2:

  1. Find and right-click the speaker icon on your taskbar.
  2. Select the “Sounds” option, then select the “Playback” tab.
  3. Find your default audio device.
  4. Right-click the device and go to “Properties.”
  5. Find the “Enhancements” tab and select it.
  6. Turn the “Loudness Equalization” setting on.
  7. Click “OK” or “Apply” to confirm the settings.

Since Loudness Equalization is a PC-only setting, players on Xbox or PlayStation cannot take advantage of it. Loudness Equalization is not a setting in Modern Warfare 2, instead, you can find the setting on your PC.

How to counter Dead Silence in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 player and Dead Silence field upgrade
The Dead Silence Field Upgrade is a top option in Modern Warfare 2.

Modern Warfare 2’s High Alert Perk doesn’t counter the Dead Silence Field Upgrade, so instead players should listen out for the alert beeping noise as enemy players activate it.

Using the audio settings above will make hearing this loud audio cue even easier, so you’ll be able to know if a nearby player has just popped the Dead Silence Field Upgrade.

For more Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out some of our other guides:

Best Modern Warfare 2 PC settings | Best guns in Modern Warfare 2 | Best Assault Rifles in Modern Warfare 2 |  Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play rewards | Best SMGs in Modern Warfare 2 | Best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings | Best mouse & keyboard settings for Modern Warfare 2

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