Are you interested in How to Get Better Sound from Your AirPods? For quite a while now, AirPods have been the dominant force in headphones since they arrived on the scene in 2016. They are massively popular, they took the then-niche true wireless earbuds tech and made it the norm almost overnight, and there are four different versions available, for different needs.
How to Get Better Sound from Your AirPods
There are the regular AirPods (2nd Gen), these AirPods are the most affordable and have the same design as the originals – and you have the AirPods (3rd Gen). this AirPods is like the 2nd Gen, but it comes with a much better audio quality and spatial audio support.
The AirPods Pro add ANC and a much better sound, and they still rank among the best noise-canceling earbuds. And you would have the AirPods Max, which were the first over-ear AirPods, and happens to be some of the best wireless headphones available for sheer audio quality.
Whichever of these tricks that you have purchased, you might not realize just how many little hidden tricks are there for AirPods, and how many of which can aid you in improving the sound for you, here we run through six key ones that would help your AirPods Feel as fresh and exciting as the day that you purchased them.
Switch to Apple Music or Tidal to Get AAC Music
We are all aware of the fact that AirPods make use of Bluetooth to receive music wirelessly from your phone. What you might not know is that the way the AirPods use Bluetooth means that different music file types are treated in different ways, and this can affect the quality of the audio.
To get the best results, from your AirPods, you would want your music to be in the AAC file format. A lot of streaming services including Apple Music and Tidal use this feature, eve YouTube Music Premium makes use of it. Spotify makes use of AAC on the – in the apps, it is a different file type called Ogg Vorbis. Deezer uses MP3.
The main reason why you should use the AAC is that AirPods can stream these files over Bluetooth without any conversion. What you would hear is what you downloaded on your phone.
Find the Secret EQ Options
Unlike Something like the Sony LinkBuds S, AirPods have no control apps where you can change their overall EQ settings to tailor the sound to you. The best that you can do is head over to the settings for Apple Music and adjust the app’s EQ instead, although annoyingly this would keep those settings even if you decide to switch to a different set of headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.
There is a secret EQ option like tons of iPhone’s Best-kept Secrets, it’s hidden in settings > Accessibility. From this point on, head to ‘Audio/Visual’, then ‘Headphone Accommodations’. Here, there are some presets that you can make use of. ‘Balanced Tone’ is the normal setup, ‘Vocal Range’ Boosts the mid-range and reduces the bass impact a little bit, while ‘Brightness’ prioritizes treble and flattens the bass further.
Turn off Noise Cancellation
This is one for the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max Users, but if you happen to be somewhere that does not require an active noise cancellation to get switched on, then turn it off! It colors the sound, so if you do not need it, you would get more accurate audio by turning it off.
Turn off Spatial Audio or Maybe Turn it on
This method works best on AirPods 3rd Gen, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max, all of which offer support for the spatial audio feature. And first, a Caveat: we think you should always keep spatial audio turned on when watching movies because it is amazing. But it is a bit more contentious in music.
As of last year, Apple Music Added Dolby Atmos Music tracks, that you can hear in 3D spatial Audio. But another thing you need to know about these Atmos tracks is that you have effectively been remastered, meaning that they often do not sound quite the same as you remember in the originals. And when a track is a spatial audio, it tends to be a lot quieter than the regular tracks, and the overall sound reproduction changes a little.
How to Make the Switch
In a playlist, this can turn out to be a bit weird, as suddenly a track would be quieter and in 3D, and then you would be back to being loud. You can Fix this inconsistency in two major ways though:
First, Turn off Dolby Atmos Entirely. Head to settings >Music and then scroll down to the ‘Dolby Atmos’. Change it from ‘Automatic’ to ‘off’. Now you would only be offered the classic versions of tracks.
Secondly, you can choose to make everything sound like it’s spatial audio, if it is not a Dolby Atmos track, making use of special processing. Launch the control center right on your iPhone by swiping from the top-right or from the bottom, tap and hold on the volume slider, then tap ‘Spatialize stereo’. If you want it on, tap ‘Fixed (it is best that you do not use the ‘Head tracked’ option; it can be annoying music). This would mean everything would sound more consistently like a Dolby Atmos Track, even if it is not.