Best Equalizer Settings – What’s the perfect setup?

Have you ever asked yourself “what are the best equalizer settings?” after diving deep into the audio settings of your favorite music device trying to understand how it works or trying to discover if there’s a magical configuration that gives you the best sound for your money no matter what speakers you’re rocking?

Well, you’re not alone.

In this article, we’ll help you understand a few things to help you find the perfect setup for your speakers and genres of music. Because no, there isn’t a perfect equalizer setting for everybody no matter what other people think. The best settings depend on your hearing capabilities, the quality of your speakers, and even the type of music your listening to.

But first of all, let’s go over the basics as you will need to know this information to keep up with the rest of the article.

What’s an Equalizer (EQ)?

An equalizer is a processor that allows you to boost or decrease certain frequency ranges to modify or enhance the sound quality. It usually works with frequencies between 20 Hz up to 20,000 Hz, which are theoretically the frequencies humans can hear, although in reality our range could be decreased by age and other factors.

Decades ago, equalizers were managed via a physical console were you could tune up and down levers to adjust your settings, but since most audio is consumed in a digital way nowadays, equalizers have been implemented in most devices such as computers, smartphones, etc. to allow you to adjust your audio settings and get the most out of your speakers.

best equalizer settings

You can also find equalizers in most stereo sound systems, Blu Rays, Smart TVs, Car stereos, etc. An example of a digital equalizer is shown below:

best equalizer settings - flat

What are frequency ranges?

Frequency in “audio” terms is the number of times a wave repeats itself in a lapse of time. To put it simply, if you have a low-frequency sound, you’ll hear waves in the bass or sub-bass range. Low-frequency sounds require more power and bigger speakers, while higher frequency sounds require less power and smaller speakers.

That’s why you always see small speakers around your surround sound but a huge bass speaker to give some punch.

Here is a breakdown of the frequencies:

  • 20 Hz – 60 Hz: Super low frequencies on the EQ. Only sub-bass and kick drums reproduce these frequencies and you need a subwoofer to hear them, or a good pair of headphones.
  • 60 Hz to 200 Hz: Low frequencies requiring a bass or lower drums to be reproduced.
  • 200 Hz to 600 Hz: Low mid-range frequencies. If you play the lower end of many musical instruments such as guitars or a piano you’ll hear this range of frequencies.
  • 600 Hz – 3,000 Hz: Mid-range frequencies. This is the range we are used to hearing and also vocal sounds are located in this range. Most instruments such as guitars and pianos are played in this range.
  • 3,000 Hz – 8,000 Hz: Upper mid-range frequencies. This is played in the upper range of instruments such as guitars or violins. It’s a spectrum where you can enjoy the music if done well, but many times it can be very annoying too.
  • 8,000 Hz and above: Theoretically we can hear up to 20,000 Hz, yet most humans have limited hearing capabilities due to age and other factors. We need trebles to reproduce these high-frequency sounds.

Now that you understand the frequency ranges you’ll be able to see an equalizer and understand how it works and test some settings yourself.

It’s important to understand that usually, equalizers are set flat so you can hear the sound as it was originally recorded. However, you can always improve your audio experience by tweaking the settings according to the genres of music you’re listening at the moment and also according to your speaker’s capabilities.

Here are some examples of the best settings according to some popular music genres:

Best Equalizer settings for Acoustic music

If you love hearing acoustic versions or just enjoy the love of instruments without tons of bass or digitally modified sounds, this is a good way to set up your equalizer:

best equalizer settings - acoustic

You’re going to be pumping just a bit the bass frequencies and also the mid and higher mid frequencies, which works perfectly to boost people’s voices and also the sound of most acoustic instruments without going overboard.

Best equalizer settings for Electronic music

If you love electronic music you know the bass is super important, and since many times it doesn’t focus on vocals you want to get the most out of digital sounds in the high ranges, which is why you can test a setting like this one and tweak it to your needs:

best equalizer settings - electronic

Best equalizer settings for Latin music

Latin music is all about bass and trebles, with strong vocals that normally don’t require to be boosted more. Check out this configuration and test if you like it:

best equalizer settings - latin

Best equalizer settings for Piano and Classical music

If you love to hear Chopin, Beethoven, and other classic music authors, most of the sounds come from instruments such as piano, violins, acoustic guitars, or a full orchestra. Try these EQ settings to get the most out of it:

best equalizer settings - classical music

Best equalizer settings for Pop music

Pop is mostly about vocals and mid-range sounds. We’re going to boost the mid-range frequencies more than anything else and also a boost a bit the low-mid and high-mid frequencies as shown in this image:

best equalizer settings - pop

Best equalizer settings for Rock music

Rock is one of the top genres and it focuses a lot on low-frequency sounds as well as high-frequency sounds made by electric guitars, etc. Test these EQ settings (classical Rock curve) that pretty much elevate everything besides the mid frequencies and enjoy your Rock songs like there’s no tomorrow:

best equalizer settings - rock

Best equalizer settings for bass

Bass isn’t a music genre, yet a ton of people are looking for this as they just want to max out the punch sound of their bass. If you understand the frequency ranges correctly, you’ll end up with something like this:

best equalizer settings for bass

Basically, you’re maxing out the lower frequencies up to 500 Hz and then leaving everything else flat. While I recommend using some of the other settings according to the genre, some people just want to maximize their bass and this is what works.

Keep in mind though, for this or any other settings to work and actually increase the bass of your music, you’ll need a decent woofer or subwoofer to reproduce the sound.

Conclusions

There you go. There are many other settings you can try to get better sound out of your music device. In general, you can get started with any of those presets and then tweak it accordingly.

Make sure you reproduce some music while tuning your equalizer as you will immediately see the difference when you apply the changes. From there, you can tweak up and down each frequency range and see what sounds better for you, because as we’ve said before, music is personal and what sounds best for you might not be the best for your friends.

Also, keep in mind your speakers are a very important part of this. You need a good speaker set up like a soundbar or a surround sound setup, or at least a decent pair of headphones to be able to make the most out of an equalizer. If you try to boost some frequencies in a cheap laptop with integrated speakers you’ll only get cracks and audio distortion.

Once you learn what works better for your setup and your ears, you’ll discover more sounds in your songs that perhaps you never heard before, and you’ll enjoy your music even more with the best equalizer settings for your favorite genres.

30 thoughts on “Best Equalizer Settings – What’s the perfect setup?”

  1. What will effect the quality of music@audio?When I quiter down the volume with hinger up maximumise the Pre’Amp and use proper maximumise all the equalizer.In other with encoding the music.Such maximumise the bass tune balnce maximize the Equalizer.Try to heard all the preset of instruments @ music.What ensolution points view?

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  2. Dear sir
    I am listening Indian cinema music
    And like metal type
    Please suggest me how eq I can set?
    Thank you regarding Taher

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  3. Sir , I love Christian music.
    So i love hearing the words or messages more clearer and also I enjoy hearing dynamics , and also i am a bass guy.
    Thank you

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  4. I am mostly into playing distortion guitar solos over downloaded backing tracks. How do I make my solos merge properly with the backing track and yet stand out crisply.

    Thks

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  5. hi,article was so helpful.can I use the parts about equlizer settings on my instagram? I speak persian(Farsi) and I gonna translate it,so others can learn.I will give credits to.
    thanks

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  6. HELLO WHICH OF THE FIRST 3 BASS FOCUS QUILIZER IS BEST CHANGE SETTING FOR LETTING THE BASS GIVE OUT MORE RUMBLE PLEASE TELL ME!!!

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  7. I have been looking all over the place for a writer that could present these settings from a practical “listeners” standpoint. I am using an Audio Control DQDX in my 2013 Mustang. I have had the worst time finding settings that will not be “boomy” and vocals that do not sound like the singer is singing into a cup. I listen to alot of different music. I have hearing loss stemming from multiple combat deployments where heavy weapon fire and close proximity ordinance explosions have damaged my hearing as well as left me with serious Tinnitus (loud ringing in the ears)

    I have rather eclectic music tastes. EDM, Trap, Electronic, Fusion Jazz, Synthesized classical music (Don Dorsey) and Rock/Metal music. You stated early that Perhaps it was best to leave the EQ “flat” when listening to a wide range of music genres. I am sorry but that is a rather “thoughtless” answer in my opinion. Leaving the EQ “flat” is a waste of money and defeats the entire purpose for having an EQ to begin with.

    I like the article and have saved it to show others, but as for leaving things flat? Surely you can do better than that. Although I have struggled to find a happy medium, I am confident that I will find or learn settings that will help me to enjoy my music across all types of music while only making minor changes for each music type.

    I hope you will consider going back and doing some testing in that area.

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  8. What settings, if any, would you suggest for a song like Black Sabbath’s Paranoid?

    I’m using the Dolby Atmos equaliser settings in a Galaxy S21 Ultra, if that makes any difference; they range from 63 to 16k, and the dB range is -10dB to 10dB.

    (9 bars: 63 – 125 – 250 – 500 – 1k – 2k – 4k – 8k – 16k)

    As is, in the custom settings, I’ve only bumped the 4k up to 3dB, and left everything else flat on 0dB.

    Thanks for your time

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