Fix 'Boomy' Bass In Your Speakers With One Equaliser Adjustment

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Recently, I've noticed something interesting among midsize speakers: many have a very "boomy" quality that grates on the ears. Fortunately, you can fix this boomy bass by adjusting one equaliser frequency.

This isn't a hard and fast rule for every set of speakers out there, but I've found that many — like the Audioengine A2, or my (otherwise awesome) Yamaha HS50M — feel a little bloated and boomy in the midbass region. I don't know if this is by design (for the Beats by Dre crowd), unfortunate design, or bad room placement — or a combination of all three — but it's incredibly annoying.

If you're having this same problem, here's a very simple fix: turn down the 125hz slider on your equaliser a few dB (whatever sounds good to your ears). This is where I've found most of that "boomy" quality resides. This tweak makes a big difference without making the sound feel "empty", since you're just lowering it enough to get rid of the extra bloat.

Don't confuse this with sub-bass boominess, which can usually be fixed by turning down your subwoofer. This is specifically in the midbass region. Moving your speakers away from the wall may help quite a bit too, but that isn't always practical for a desk setup. This tweak is easy, quick, and it works very well.


Comments

    If you want to keep the bass and kick prominent in the mix, but remove the boom, turn up 250 Hz or 64 Hz to compensate for the 125 Hz drop. It won't be the same, but you'll get some harmonics that might fill out the mix a bit better after cutting the 125 Hz region.

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