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I just bought headphones that are really loud. When I plug them into my computer, they are too loud for my ears.

How can I lower the volume mixer below 1 (1>x<0).

I know that using VLC Media Player you can raise the volume above 100%...

EDIT: when I say that my volume is very low... Look: Sound output at 1.  Sound driver.

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Have you visited the sound controls in the control panel? Are there individual volume controls on the headphones? –  MaQleod Aug 10 '11 at 18:18
Yes, My sound meter is at the lowest. 1. No, there is no built in sound meter. I guess I only realize it now is because they are actively noise canceling & passively sound isolating. –  wizlog Aug 10 '11 at 18:56

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You can do this with Volumouse, which is designed for controlling the volume with custom methods (like the mouse wheel) but happens to let you define the number of steps, which accomplishes what you want.

See related question here.

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The way to do this, is to have your main volume set to 100, and set your Chrome (or whatever program) to 1. then when you lower your main volume from 100, to lets call it 50, effectively the 1 goes to .5. its just not displayed.

Thank you @slhck for your help.

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Don't forget you can accept one of the answers (either your own one or mine)! :) –  slhck Aug 27 '11 at 22:00

There should be more than one volume control available to you.

As far as I am concerned, in Windows the sound will be routed from your playing application to the sound mixer, which should have a separate volume control for computer audio, to the master mixer. So if you can lower any of these controls in between, you might get the volume lower.

However, if there's no good software solution, you can always buy a cheap headphone volume control:

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If I'm playing a game on the web, Google Chrome (to the best to my knowledge) does not have a built in volume control. I'm looking to use software, not hardware. –  wizlog Aug 10 '11 at 18:23
Well, that's not the only part where you can change the volume. Nothing in the sound mixer? –  slhck Aug 10 '11 at 18:24
Most games allow you to change the background music and effects volume. Probably on the main page >> options >> sound >> reduce sound. –  TookTheRook Aug 10 '11 at 18:32
@ slhck My origional problem was the sound mixer. Its already at the lowest (or 2nd lowest) "1". –  wizlog Aug 10 '11 at 18:54
@ Jay Mahendru, Not really, most only allow you to mute or un-mute the music, effects... volume. –  wizlog Aug 10 '11 at 18:55

Lower the sound below 1 what? What OS are you on?

If it's Ubuntu Linux then you can use the volume control slider in the system tray to set any arbitrary volume. I think that Windows has something similar it it's own system tray. You are not limited to the pre-defined levels of the hardware volume keys on your keyboard.

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