How to manage the HTC Ones Beats Audio and EQ settings

first_imgThe HTC One has a lot of cool features, but one of the most interesting is Boom Sound. This slick branding term refers to the massive dual front-facing amplified speakers. You really have to hear the speakers in real life to grasp how much better they are than every other option. Coupled with Boom Sound is Beats Audio.HTC has chosen to go with a one-size-fits-all approach on the One, but maybe you want more Let’s take a look…If you check the settings in the HTC One’s Google Play Music app, you will see something missing. Whereas most devices have a link to the Android equalizer, the HTC One has nothing. Google added stock EQ capability to Android in version 2.3 (Gingerbread) — at the time it was just an API that developers could plug into, but was expanded to an integrated service in 4.0.HTC has removed all the stock EQ settings in favor of Beats Audio, but there’s only one setting — “On.” Beats has its own line in the main system settings, but unlike some of the other toggles, there is no submenu with other settings. Older HTC devices with Beats did include more presets, but now there is just the one toggle.Beats is basically an equalizer preset. It bumps up the base, and makes the mid-range a little louder. It makes music sound better in a general sort of way because it’s louder. Audiophiles might not agree, though.All of the Android EQ APIs are still in there, there’s just nothing connected to them when the phone comes out of the box. Bummer, right? There are, however, a few ways to tweak the audio more to your liking, though.One option is to grab a standalone music player app that has its own equalizer controls. I like Poweramp because it has a really awesome 10-band equalizer with tons of effects and presets. The downside of this approach is that your Google tunes in the cloud won’t be accessible. If you don’t use that service, Poweramp offers great functionality — more than the Google or HTC app.Another route is to pick up one of the apps that utilize the equalizer API without including a full music player app. This can alter the sound globally, but it’s a bit more touchy. Some apps work fine on some devices, but others will cause conflicts with certain apps. Equalizer is one of the more popular and feature-rich options. Music Volume EQ is another app with similar functionality.Whichever route you decide to go, make sure you get just the right sound for your tastes. The Boom Sound speakers are too good to not use to the fullest.last_img

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