Regardless of the type of Android you have, one complaint often made about Droids (and smartphones in general) these days is that the quality of their speakers isn’t what it should be. Sure, you might get good to great sound quality if you’re using a pair of nice headphones, but even then sometimes the quality isn’t top notch.
If you’re looking for great sound quality on your Android, there are actually several ways you can go about getting it. More and more mobile phones are starting to include Headphone X technology to get better sound quality, but there’s still a good chance your phone doesn’t have it. If you’ve been bummed out on your Android’s phone quality, check out these resources to see how you can crank it up a notch.
How to Get Better Sound Quality on Your Android
One way to improve the sound quality on your Android device is to use an equalizer app, of which there are many available in the Google Play store. An equalizer app lets you adjust the settings on the music and audio that comes out of your speakers. This lets you adjust the bass, reverb, treble, and much more easily.
Many equalizer apps have different stock presets, as different settings are typically required for different types of music. For example, you might want more bass when you’re listening to hip-hop, and more treble when listening to softer and quieter music. Many equalizer apps will also let you customize your own presets, so you can get the most out of your Android’s speakers.
Here are a few equalizer apps that are worth checking out:
Some Androids are now being released with Beats Audio technology to improve the stock speakers. Fortunately for those that don’t have a phone branded with Beats Audio, it’s still simple (and free) to get the technology on your phone. As long as your Android is rooted, you can easily get Beats Audio.
If you don’t have one of the HTC Beats Audio branded phones, check out this article on how you can go about getting Beats Audio. It’s a high quality equalizer that you don’t need to set up at all, and will do all the work for you. Like the article says, you’ll definitely notice the difference in quality when using a quality pair of headphones rather than your phone speakers, but even if you just use your speakers the quality will be noticeably different.
The Old Fashioned Way
Looking to improve your Android’s sound quality the old fashioned way, without any fancy-shmancy app to do it for you? Get creative. Place your phone in a cereal bowl, which will help amplify the speakers. Better yet, place your phone into a large jar, which will amplify the sound even more. There have actually been studies done to determine how different at-home solutions can improve the sound amplification of your smartphone’s speakers.
Don’t Listen too Loud
If you choose to use your Android’s built in speakers, make sure you don’t listen at the full volume. Smartphone speakers are notorious for getting scratchy once they reach a certain decibel level, and continual use at this level will mean your speakers will eventually be useless.
About the author: Ted Levin is a freelance journalist currently covering smartphone news and mobile developments. You can connect with Ted on Twitter.