Best Equalizer Settings For Car Audio Bass, Mid Treble

By John Adebimitan

If the music you’re listening to from your car speakers does not sound exactly like the one coming from your home theatre or your headset, something is wrong. Your car equalizer settings can be that difference between ‘awesome’ and ‘terrible.’

If you’re currently experiencing that, don’t be too quick to conclude that your vehicle’s audio system is bad. The speaker may just need a little bit of fine-tuning. Here are the best equalizer settings for car audio bass and mid-treble.

Best Equalizer Settings For Car Audio Bass, Mid Treble

Here’s the first thing you should know about equalizer settings for cars: each car manufacturer has a set of default settings for each genre of music.

So, a quick fix is just to pick the genre of music you’re listening to from the options provided. Some popular music genres on car audio systems are Jazz, Rock, Pop, Country, and Classical. So, depending on the type of music you choose on your journey, these default selections can help you get the best equalizer settings for car audio.

However, some of us may not prefer these default selections and may want to adjust the settings manually. Let’s learn how to.

Bass, Mid, and Treble

The human ear can hear frequencies that fall between 20 and 20,000 Hz. That is why different people prefer different sound frequencies.

So the process of equalizing audio settings of car stereo means changing these frequencies until the most desired frequency is achieved.

The three main bands of sound waves are:

  • Bass: This is the sound band that is between 16 and 256 Hz. It is usually the lowest sound frequency of the three.
  • Mid: This is the sound band in between Bass and Treble. The Mid has a frequency of 400 to 2500 Hz.
  • Treble: The highest of the three sound bands and the highest frequency that the human ear can hear.

The human ear can hear up to 20 Hz. Note that all these bands have different frequencies.

To manually set the frequencies and get the best equalizer settings for car audio, follow the rule of thumb.

This means that the bass, mid, and treble should be set at a ratio of 4:5 to each other. In other words, the difference between all three frequencies should not be too much.

We can’t use the same settings for every genre of music, but the following steps will help, no matter what genre you are listening to.

  • Step 1: Ensure that the volume of the music you are listening to is at half volume before you start the manual equalizing.
  • Step 2:  Gradually increase the bass from low to high, but not to the maximum level.  Since too much bass will distort the sound, be sure that the music is still audible. If you notice that the music is being distorted while doing this, reduce the bass a bit.
  • Step 3: Repeat step 2 for the treble and Mid. Make sure to gradually increase the treble, and ensure that doing this does not distort the sound. Stop only when the frequency is desirable to your ears.

You may be surprised that this guide does not recommend a specific value for the three sound bands.

That is because everyone has different preferences.

If your car audio system has a provision for saving the equalizer settings for your car, save these new settings so that you don’t have to keep doing it manually every time.

Best Equalizer Settings For Car Audio On Android

If you have an Android car navigation system, that means you have a digital equalizer. Follow these steps:

Best Equalizer Settings For Car Audio Bass, Mid Treble
  • Step 1: Set any track on your car audio and change the visualization to pink noise so that you can get the right settings.
  • Step 2: On the equalizer tab on your Android navigation screen, select EQ or its equivalent.
  • Step 3: Select the genre of music you are listening to from the preset music genres on the equalizer
  • Step 4: When the music starts playing, select ‘User’ on the EQ and gently increase or decrease the bass, mid, and treble settings until you achieve the desired frequency.

Best Spotify Equalizer Settings For Car Audio

  • On your car’s navigation screen, select the Spotify app.
  • Select Settings and then Playback.
  • Choose ‘Equalizer’ and use the slider to enable the equalizer.
  • Enabling the equalizer will display various preset genres of music. Choose the one that best fits the music you are listening to.
  • You will notice a graph-like image with the Bass, mid, and treble settings
  • Manually adjust these settings to get the desired sound frequency for your car

Read also: Best Spotify Equalizer Settings for AirPods

7 Band Equalizer Settings For Car Audio

This can be a little challenging, especially if you don’t have enough audio training or if you are unsure what frequencies control the bass, mid, and treble.

The 7 bands are:

  • 60Hz band
  • 150Hz band
  • 400 Hz band
  • 1KHz band
  • 2.4 kHz band
  • 6 kHz band
  • 15 kHz band

60Hz is the lowest frequency, and 15KHz represents the highest frequency. To get your desired sound frequency, gradually decrease (instead of increase) the frequencies. And listen until you achieve your desired frequency. Increasing the frequency can cause sound distortion.

As you balance the frequencies, you equalize your car’s audio. Of course, there are no present genres, but you can still enjoy this powerful audio equalizer.

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