Which equalizer settings are best for Poweramp

Increase the sound quality of your Android device with an equalizer

Android devices are sometimes criticized for sound quality, but the Gingerbread EQ changed that. We'll show you how to take advantage of audio equalizers to improve your music and system sound.

Audio equalization on Android

One of the greatest features of Gingerbread was its ability to really delve into the audio functions. It enabled the creation of system-wide equalizers that would work on any music player, live stream, and even on system sounds. There is no such thing on iOS! We're going to have great free software that works well, but also has some extra features that you can purchase to unlock it.

On the other hand, if you're on FroYo or Below, you won't be able to take advantage of the system-wide EQ settings. Don't worry, we've found a fantastic music player with a 10-band software EQ for your music. It may not be that universal, but it is a great player and does the job very well.

Of course, you'll want to know how equalizers work in general in order to take full advantage of this. We'll get into that too, but we'd like to urge you, HTG Explains: What is an Equalizer and How Does It Work? for the whole picture.

For gingerbread and more: Equalizer (Smart Android Apps)

There are a few different EQ apps on the Android Market, but Smart Android Apps Equalizer is one of the best we've found for several reasons.

  • 5-band system-wide EQ
  • 11 Preferences
  • Custom preset
  • Bass amplifier
  • Space virtualizer
  • Reverb setting
  • Home screen widgets and notification bar
  • Tablet support (and optimization!)
  • No rooting necessary

From the main screen you can select the EQ settings and also enable automatic detection (based on the genre tag of your track) which will change the preset if one is available.

On the second tab you can add presets "Pro" feature. With the third you can define the preset "user-defined" yourself. It works and saves the settings in the free version. However, if you pay for the Pro version, you can save these custom settings as new presets.

The last tab shows advanced settings. You can change the level of the Bass Booster, which is raised in addition to the EQ setting, and the Virtualizer, which tries to simulate the “surround sound” a little better when you are wearing headphones. Finally, you can change the reverb preset.

You can activate each setting individually by tapping the on / off icon at the top.

All in all, it's a great app that lets you do almost anything for free, including the widgets:

The 4 × 1 widget:

The 2 × 1 widget:

Pay with $ 1. If you use the unlocker key and upgrade to the full / pro version, you can save custom presets with any name (which extends the auto-detection function), back them up and restore them from an SD card . and create home screen widgets for individual presets.

For FroYo: PowerAMP Music Player (max.MP)

Max MP's PowerAMP is another gem for those of you who can't do the equalizer or just want a more customizable EQ. It is a 15-day fully functional trial version. The full version costs $ 5.17.

It's a beautiful music player, but let's focus on the EQ that's at the bottom of the app window.

As you can see, there are 10 adjustable bands and a preamp available. You can also adjust the overall tone independently of the presets.

Actually, my version is a bit out of date and you can save custom presets too. My device has a custom ROM and I didn't have WiFi access, but you can see the full list of features on the PowerAMP website. And of course you will receive free updates if you decide to buy the app.

It's really a great music app aside from the EQ, and we urge you to give it a try. One of the useful features is auto pause when headphones are unplugged and auto resume when they are plugged back in (second option below):

With PowerAMP you can also use the simple folder-based navigation in addition to the Android library system.

And the widgets don't look bad either.

The 4 × 2 widget:

Two different 4 × 1 widgets:

Use of equalizers

In general, EQs are mainly used to catch up with noise deficiencies, either from poor equipment or poor acoustics. If you have headphones that are in some way deficient in bass response, you can amplify the bass response using an EQ or other option in your music player to compensate for this. If your speakers are messing up the high end, you can raise them up and reduce the mids to make things a little clearer. The better your gear, the less EQ you'll need, but also the more noticeable you'll notice the changes made. Of course, better acoustics can also help with poorer hardware. I've improved the sound quality of cheap in-ear monitors by making custom silicone eartips.

Most of the time, EQ presets round off the feature decays in certain genres of music, cuts off excessively loud or overloaded frequencies, and amplifies others that are not particularly emphasized. This helps highlight the underlying parts of songs that you may not even notice, and is great for using headphones. Alternatively, you can reinforce sections that are already quite prominent for various purposes, e.g. B. for dancing, headbanging or to focus on texts.

Ultimately, how you want to use your equalizer is up to you. Try settings and see what sounds clear and what doesn't, what gets louder and what gets softer. Also keep in mind that many artists make their music very dynamic. Therefore, instead of basing it on genre, you may need to change your preset album by album. For a better overview, check out HTG Explains: What Is an Equalizer and How Does It Work?


Do you have a favorite EQ app or music player that we didn't cover? Do you have your own method to improve your audio quality? Sound off in the comments!