AirPods offer excellent sound quality which, in most cases, is more than enough to meet users’ expectations. However, sometimes -especially depending on what style of music or type of content we listen to- We will want to customize the sound of the AirPods a little more to adapt it to our musical preferences or improve the sound quality in some environments. This is where equalization comes into play.
Equalization, also known as EQ, is the process of adjust the frequency levels of a sound to create tonal balance that interests us more. A tonal balance that will vary depending on the music we are listening to and also on our own preferences. Fortunately, this is just what AirPods offer us, equalizing the sound so that they sound like never before.
Equalization for music playback
AirPods, whether we are talking about AirPods 3, AirPods Pro 2 or AirPods Max, are a device designed to be used on Apple platforms, but it is not exclusive to them. Being Bluetooth headphones we can use them on any device. Device that can offer us equalization options, of course, but that for this tutorial we will leave aside to focus on iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Equalizing the sound on our iPhone or iPad is something that we will do from the app Settingscoming into Music and then in equalizer. here we can choose between the option that best suits the type of music that we are listening Keep in mind, however, that this equalization will only affect the Music app, other apps may offer their own equalization separately.
On the Mac the process is quite similar. Here we will open the app Music and in the menu Window we will play equalizer. Automatically, it will appear before us with several options. First, to activate or deactivate the equalization itself. Then a master adjustment to turn up the gain (like volume) to the entire playback and then the individual frequency adjustments. here we can experiment with which setting we like best for the music we listen to or choose one of the presets in the drop-down.
And some third-party app to go a little further
Mention, and to finish, that in the Mac, apps like Boom2, allow us to equalize the general sound of the entire computer, not just the music app. A setting that can be useful if the application we use to play music doesn’t have its own equalizer or if we listen to videos or music through Safari, for example.
In any case, the equalization it’s a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer a louder bass sound, while others prefer a more balanced sound. The most important thing is to find the sound that we like the most and that suits our needs. Just what both our iPhone, iPad or Mac offer us so that our AirPods sound better than ever.
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