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GUIDE - How to improve music quality

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5th July 2011, 11:05 AM   |  #1  
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It seems that I've found the perfect combination of eq settings to help improve sound quality. The issues most face with the standard music player configuration is having to put up with tinny sounds and a flat soundstage which simply put - degrades your sound! And most become oblivious to the low quality sound over time. How horrible! But with a few changes sound can be clearer and after applying these tweaks, you will certainly hear the difference. With a few settings taken from here and there at xda and blended together and tweaked, my music played via the galaxy s2 really does now sound alot better.. A result of a clearer low end, no apparent distortion at max volume (and oh boy is it louder, thanks to volume+) , a more apparent seperation between the mid ranges/highs.. For once there's a distinction in the music and the separation of sounds can be heard rather than the usual muffle. I've tested this combination of apps/settings with both high quality flac files and 256kbps mp3s and it certainly brings out the colour in each song. I produce/compose film/trance music so I'd like to think I've a good ear.

Right, where do I begin.?

You will need 3 apps - Power amp, Equalizer and Volume +, installed to begin. Each application is free. The purpose of each app is as follows.

Poweramp - A top music player with eq functionality
Equalizer - To further enhance eq levels
Volume+ - To give the sound more legroom and boost sound levels

Power amp - http://market.android.com/details?id...pz.audioplayer

Equalizer - http://market.android.com/details?id...apps.equalizer

Volume + - http://forum.xda-developers.com/atta...8&d=1309854453

Simply apply the settings as shown in the below screenshots.. Follow exactly for best result.

Poweramp -


Equalizer -


Volume+ -


If you find the highs a tad too sharp, drop the treble slightly in Poweramp.
To achieve a deeper bass, in volume+, set the bass to +5 but try not to go much higher as the sound quality will impair.
To higher the volume use Poweramp and higher the amp slider by a tiny amount and to avoid distortion do not let it go past the midway mark.
Drop the 8k slider down in poweramp to help reduce the sharp frequencies, which can hurt the ears sometimes running at a high volume. If using external speakers rather than headphones, these settings may push the sound to distortion, so be sure to set volume+ to external speaker mode for best possible effect.

Currently using Volume+ may lead to fc's when making a call, even though the fc occurs, the effect of Volume+ should still be active, currently theres no workaround as i'm aware.

If you believe you've found an even better combination of settings then please share! Just remember to post which earphones/headphones you're using.

Update : download "audioboost sgs2" from the market and set the desired volume level to around "82" for a cleaner amplified sound, this works better than volume+ for most people.
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Please give feedback whether or not these settings work well with your headset.
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Thank you very much for your post =) It rly improved my sound quality!
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testing on my expensive high quality Shure headphones and will report back.
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good job. Sound good now. Since my Shure headphones are capable of making deep base and mid base, i increased the Bass in Poweramp to the 3 o'clock position instead of your at 12 o'clock, and Also 5+ in bass in Volume+

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