How Do You Perfect The EQ On Your Music?

How Do You Perfect The EQ On Your Music?

However a song is mixed, the speakers you own may not represent that mix perfectly. To fix that problem, many of us use the equaliser (EQ) in our music players to automatically adjust bass, treble and other settings. How do you tweak your EQ to get the best sound?

Photo by winnond (Shutterstock).

Settings will obviously vary by preference and the kind of speakers or headphones the music is coming through, but there are undoubtedly a few EQ settings to make the most of your music in common situations. If you’ve got a really good trick to getting good sound with a few adjustments, share it in the comments.


      • I agree with this, to an extent. Rather than using an EQ to change the sound, I do occasionally use it to compensate for flat areas in the sound through certain speakers.

        My a-Jays Four are a great example, mid frequencies are really bright, but there is a definite noticeable drop off in the very top and bottom of the spectrum. Adding a couple of decibels to the extreme highs and lows helps to compensate for this.

  • Classical… seems to do the least damage when using good outputs and improves the quality from bad outputs (like my $10 FM transmitter). It appears to just curve off the high ends slightly so doesn’t change the source too much.

  • I use the “traditional” “Rock” setting. Higher on the bass and treble (usually +3-4), much lower on the mids (-5 ish)…
    Like an Inverted bell Curve

  • A word of warning about adjusting the lowest band…

    Any speaker smaller than about an 8 inch cone size is going to have limited output below about 50Hz. While it might be tempting to compensate for this by boosting the lowest band on the EQ, be aware that doing this can result in the woofers exceeding their normal excursion limits. That is the woofer moves in and out more than it is designed to. In the best case, you’ll get distorted sound, in the worst case you might damage the woofer.

    So turn the bass up gradually, and if it sounds distorted, you’ve gone to far!

  • Because the eq on a stereo will generally be a bit crap. Cut the freq you don’t want rather than boost the ones you do. Boost will introduce noise and because the Q is fixed it might sound unnatural.

  • Agreed with Bigricho – Cut the ones you dont need rather than boost the ones you want. You can then compensate for the volume drop with an increase in gain. This provide the clearest eq to your music.

    Boosting eq tends to add distortion. If you increase 10k to 5db above 0db, digital players will sythesise the 10k frequency, then add 5db of gain. Digital players dont tend to do the synthesis part very well.

    Cutting the frequencies tells the player to apply a filter. This is much cleaner than asking it to synthesise frequencies.

    Ideally, no band in the eq should be above 0db. Everything should be below, in the eq shape of your choice, and gain should be increased to compensate.

  • Direct – no EQ all the way! With a good enough source with balanced outputs, preamp and power amp the only thing you’ll be looking to alter is room acoustics.

Log in to comment on this story!