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Beats Audio EQ Setting/ General Sound Advice

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This is not a troubleshooting Forum. Please refrain from asking any questions that has to do with resolving a technical or software issue with your laptop. If you need help fixing said issue, search for it in the forum home or create your own post. This is the best way to quickly have your question answered and issue resolved.

 

Note, this eq setting was done while listening to Beats Pro headphones.

 

This is a detailed post on how to get the best sound out of  your Beats Audio notebook. This is also a board to discuss music and sound quality in general so we can all experience music as it was meant to be heard, wherever and however we may hear to it.  first a bit about me and my "credentials" As an extreme sound enthusiast, with an audio company of my own. i bought my Dv7 in september and subsequently bought the Beats headphones to fully experience what the notebook has to offer. as a personal rule, i compare every "system" to my car, in which i have 13 speakers, 2 amps, an Alpine Imprint sound processor and whole bunch of batteries. as you can imagine, the car sounds excellent, so this is the closest i was able to get my Dv7 to sound equal.

 

Beat Audio Setting 

 

first off, use the Beats Audio EQ, its there for a reason. to get to it, just search for HP beats audio control panel. you may want to add a shortcut on you desktop for easy access. click on equalization under speakers and headphones. now here is where your personal preference takes note, i tuned my eq to best compliment every type of music i listen to (dance, rock, hip-hop, classical, scores, and vocal) depending on what type of music you listen to, you will adjust the raise or lower the Db according to the Hz's. as a rule, the lower the Hz's, the more bass is played and the higher the Hz's, the more vocals/ highs are played. Subsequently, knowing what Hz's affect the notes in a song also helps. 31-62 Hz's are bass. 125-250 bass/mid. 500-KHz are where most vocals are heard. 15khz is where most notes to high to clearly hear are played. although you can hear them, only a few songs have important notes that go that high.

 

 

31hz-  -1db          

adjust to how much bass you like without interfering with vocals

 

62hz   -3db

adjust to how much bass you like without interfering with vocals

 

125hz   -14db      

this should be very low. at 0db, the mids overwhelm every other note, to the point it truly disrupt the music. its important to drop this, it muffles vocals severely

 

250Hz   -5db

just like the mid bass above, but not as disruptive, so you can leave this at a higher db. note that both mid bass contain important notes in music, as such having them down lessens some notes, but it does far more good down than harm

 

500hz   2db

1khz      3db

2khz      3db

4khz      3db

8khz      4db

16khz    8db

 

adjust slightly to your preference, but this is a good place to set it. don't forget to SAVE IT! play different songs from different genera and tweak it till you find a good spot for all your music. but realize that rap songs will always have more bass than classical music, so you may have to raise and lower the two left markers depending on what your listening to, but the rest should be fine regardless of genera.

 

Computer Setting.

 

your computer has a different setting than that of beats audio, as such you may want to address it too. search for sound, click on speakers and headphones and select properties. tone should be 4 bass and 4 treble. now enhancements. they are all off and include bass boost, virtual surround, room correction, and loudness eq. in my opinion, they should all stay off. bass boost adds bass, but severely sacrifices clarity and vocals. virtual surround and room correction don't do much, and loudness eq raises and lowers volume depending on the song playing. it makes one song louder and clearer, then diminishes the next and muffles it. its very inconstant and as such should stay off. as for any questions regarding Shared and Exclusive Mode (in the advanced section of speaker and headphones property) read message 29 for answers.

 

Itunes setting

 

If you are like me, you use itunes to listen to music. Subsequently, it also has an eq. first, click on edit and select preferences, then playback. turn on sound enhancer, it helps slightly, and leave it in the middle. now the itunes eq can stay where it is. it does not enhance the music that much to really worry about it, but you can tweak it if you wish, just leave the markers close to 0db and adjust it by 1db or less. also be aware that itunes has a slight eq delay. Update* after using the itunes eq extensively, i just recommend you don't adjust it at all, using two eq's on your computer can lead to undesired effects and be a general headache as you have to adjust one every time you adjust the other. also itunes eq just happens to suck so don't use it when you have the Beats Audio eq instead.

 

Final Thoughts

 

A good music setting does not necessarily make music louder. it makes it clearer, it brings out the vocals while helping all individual instruments shine, instead of clumping them together. when every instrument is heard, every vocal is prominent, bass is complimentary, and they all work together, you have achieved true music. the Beats Audio chip does enhance music as long as your willing to be patient enough to tweak it, and in my opinion, computers with the Beat Audio chip are an excellent advancement in music listening experience. also every question is sent directly to my email so i can respond in a timely manner, if you have a question, just ask.

 

Very important update- 

 

This is an update to the original post. The eq settings above were done while listening to a Beats Pro headphone. There are many headphones made for very different reasons and listening experiences. All Beats headphones are particularly bass and mid-bass heavy, so to add clarity, mid-bass and bass must be lessened. On the other hand, if you have headphones that do not play bass excessively, but instead play highs and vocals prominently, then you have to adjust the eq, by lessening the high frequencies (1-16 kh) and raising the mid-bass and bass (31-500 hz). 

 

I've had the AKG K702 headphones for about a month now, and they are very different from Beats headphones. While the Beats are very bass heavy, the AKG's are very clear and don't play a lot of bass. In fact, the bass driver on the AKG's are so weak, that even when the bass is all the way up on the eq, it doesnt make a significant difference. So that begs the question: what setting do i have eq on for the AKG's? I have it on default (0 on all markers) believe if or not. I have to keep the high frequencies on 0 because any higher and the treble would start to hurt my ears. I keep the low frequencies at 0 also because any higher and it doesnt really increase the bass. 

 

I'll leave the original eq setting up since a lot of people do have Beats headphones (their sold everywhere) but if anyone has different reference headphones that wants to discuss a possible setting for those, please feel free to write a post about it. (Also the K702 are very popular so if you want my opinion on them and more info, feel free to ask) 

 

Note. This post is about the Beats Audio Eq Panel on a DV7, if you have a Dv6, please read message 19 on pg. 2

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Re: Beats Audio EQ Setting/ Sound Advice

I recently purchased an Envy 17 w/ beats audio and was wondering how to improve the sound quality from the speakers. Your equalizer suggestion helped tremendously. Thank you for posting that!

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While the Beats Audio chip allows for music to be precisely tuned for maximum clearity and bass reproduction, the HP speakers that come with the notebooks unfortunately are not as refined. many will tell you that listening to music from the notebook speakers is rather terrible, and that's true. for whatever reason, HP did not put as much emphasis on the speaker quality as they did on the Beats audio chip. to truly enjoy music from your laptop you need external speakers. i have a nice home theater setup in my home, and as such, most music is played through external speakers with the help of a receiver. also you want to get a nice set of headphones. the beats audio headphones are very expensive, so you might want to go with an alternate set of headphones (especially after shelling out the money for a new laptop). 

 

the speakers that come with the notebooks are terrible, so you need some good headphones and/or an external speaker setup. however, if you wish to listen to music through the notebook speakers, you will have to completely reset and redo all the equalizer setting. if you want me to publish another message with a notebook speaker EQ setting, then just send me a message

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Thanks so much! Yes, the built-in speakers are something to be desired, but your suggestion actually did make them sound better. If you have built-in speaker EQ suggestions, I would love to try them out.

 

Coincidentally, I tried using my Bose QC-15 headphones on my Envy17-3D, and now I have a new issue, for which I hope you may have some insight. I am getting a hissing sound when I listen to iTunes and other audio through the headphones, and turning off the mic and adjusting the sound mixer, etc, does not eliminate it. Have you experienced this? And if so, what have you done to resolve this issue? On another website, one person suggested getting an airplane sound attenuator, but I am not sure if this is the best direction.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Notebook Speaker, Beat Audio EQ setting

 

First of all, after some trial and error, i found this to be an appropriate Eq setting for Beat Audio when listening through notebook speakers.

 

31hz-  0db          

makes no real difference so leave even

 

65hz   0db

makes no real difference so leave even

 

125hz   5db      

amazingly, this is the exact opposite when headphones & external headphones are used, higher it is, more bass kick the speakers produce, so leave at reasonable height

 

250Hz   -8db

drop it down to reduce excessive mid’s, will miss some notes, but does more good than harm

 

500hz   -3db

1khz      -3db

2khz      -2db

 

6khz       5db

produces best vocals when up, so leave it slightly high

 

10khz     -5db to -10db, depending on how much high notes a songs plays, -5 is appropriate for most situations.

frequency is far to high for speakers to play effectively, so keep it low

 

15khz    -5db

 

Final thoughts

 

As stated previously, the speakers on notebooks just aren’t that great, however, i discovered, (after about an hour of tuning) that when you drop the highest frequencies, keep the mid-high frequencies, drop the mid, raise the mid-bass, and keep the bass at even, you can get them to sound rather pleasing 

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Now, about the hissing noise; it is well documented on HP's support forum that some laptops produce a strange hissing noise when listening to music. Fortunately (or unfortunately) i have never experienced this hissing noise at all. Without experiencing it first hand, i can’t accurately troubleshoot the problem. My only suggestion is to browse this forum for some answers, or call HP customer support

 

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Thanks for all your tips! Yes, I hope to get to the bottom of this strange, if not slightly perturbing, hissing noise issue. Hopefully a solution will be found soon...

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I have a dv7-4060 laptop with beats audio.  One thing I have noticed playing the same song, is that the sound comes out better through the hp media smart, than with iTunes.  My sound enhancer is on with iTunes and I had made the adjustments that you recommended.  My preference is using itunes, because of the setup and I am more familiar with it.  Any other thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

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well, if your sure that all music sounds better from hp media smart, then your itunes settings maybe a little off. After some tuning, i found that the itunes eq settings are not that in depth, in fact, i say you don't really need to touch it since the eq is unnaturally sensitive and also a bit off when it comes to Hz's, im sure that the eq, is not something Apple, cares or worries about, so they just made a sorry excuse for one and never bothered to really enhance it in anyway. my only advice is that if media smart plays all your songs distinctively better, then use it, if your willing to give itunes another chance, reset the eq and enhancements on itunes back to original, and use Beats audio as you only eq. also if its just one song that sounds better, it really could just be that one song, maybe its quality, size, frequency range and more

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eternlrayne wrote:

Notebook Speaker, Beat Audio EQ setting

 

First of all, after some trial and error, i found this to be an appropriate Eq setting for Beat Audio when listening through notebook speakers.

 

31hz-  0db          

makes no real difference so leave even

 

65hz   0db

makes no real difference so leave even

 

125hz   5db      

amazingly, this is the exact opposite when headphones & external headphones are used, higher it is, more bass kick the speakers produce, so leave at reasonable height

 

250Hz   -8db

drop it down to reduce excessive mid’s, will miss some notes, but does more good than harm

 

500hz   -3db

1khz      -3db

2khz      -2db

 

6khz       5db

produces best vocals when up, so leave it slightly high

 

10khz     -5db to -10db, depending on how much high notes a songs plays, -5 is appropriate for most situations.

frequency is far to high for speakers to play effectively, so keep it low

 

15khz    -5db

 

Final thoughts

 

As stated previously, the speakers on notebooks just aren’t that great, however, i discovered, (after about an hour of tuning) that when you drop the highest frequencies, keep the mid-high frequencies, drop the mid, raise the mid-bass, and keep the bass at even, you can get them to sound rather pleasing 

 

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