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In this article we investigate the various methods that one can use to boost the bass on their headphones.
Now the total amount of bass in your headphones will be limited by the computer that you have and the type of headphones that you have.
I primarily wrote this article because I recently purchased a non expensive set of earphones which promised a lot in terms of bass.
But as soon as i tried them on I realized that the bass was very disappointing, at least in terms of what was proposed by the manufacturer.
Certain headphone manufacturers have optimized their headphones for Bass. Most people think of bass and associate this with Beats headphones.
But in actual fact you can get a verity of Headphones that can offer you tremendous bass and a whole lot more.
I will aim to make this guide both technical and practical. So without further ado, here are some of the things that you can do to boost the bass on your headphones.
In Summary the best ways that you can boost the headphones on your speakers are.
1. Boosting headphone bass on windows.
On the bottom right hand corner of your task bar, you should see a few functions which include the time and the battery indicator.
If you are in an English speaking country you will notice an acronym that says EN or ENG depicting the English of the specific country you are in.
Next to that you will find an up arrow. Click on the up arrow and you should see the volume icon (It looks like a mini speaker for those of you who may not know.)
Right click on the speaker/ volume icon and go to playback devices. You should then get a screen with Playback recording Sounds and communication.
On the playback tab, you should then see a highlighted box with speaker and headphone.
You then right click on the speaker/ headphone Box and select properties.
You will then be taken to another window with 5 tabs, namely general, Levels, Enhancement, Dolby Audio, Advanced.
Click on enhancements and you should get a screen with a few options that allow you to tick a box.
Click on bass boost in order to give your laptop the ability to boost the bass for your headphones.
Then click apply and OK. This should then boost the bass of your headphones.
2.Boosting headphone bass on Mac.
According to apple you can you can boost the sound quality and bass on headphones as follows
“With the iTunes equalizer, you can fine-tune specific frequencies of the sound spectrum.
You can customize the sound for different genres, rooms in your home or specific speakers.
You can choose from more than 20 presets of the most commonly used equalizer settings, or adjust the settings manually and save your customized settings as a preset that you can use again.
You can also add depth and enliven the quality of your music by adjusting the Sound Enhancer”.
If you want more details on how to boost bass and sound quality and optimize sound for Mac then go to the following link.
3. Get an amplifier
An amplifier for those that do not know is (according to Wikipedia)
In short the amplifier provides the ability to enhance your sound.
Of course it is important to ensure that you read the specs of the amplifier and the product your using it on in order to see if they are compatible.
Here are a list of some amplifiers that can be used with your headphones in order to provide the necessary bass. These are not in any particular order
Schiit Magni 3 Headphone Amp and Preamp
- The Magni 3 comes with preamp outputs. The preamp outputs allow it to be connected to your desktop powered monitors for a complete system. You can even connect the Magni 3 to a speaker power amp and use it as a pre amp.
- The magni 3 comes with versatility, performance and resolution to to ensure that your headphones are powered to maximum level.
- Magni has a large amount of reserves for power, given the full 2000mW into 32 ohms. Magni 3 can be used for any headphone from hard-to-drive planar designs and IEM’s.
- The Magni has been designed with a switchable gain, an extremely low noise floor and amazingly low distortion. Magni’s gain stage is an-all-new, fully discrete, high-speed, DC-coupled, current-feedback design. The present feedback gain stage is generally something you would expect from exotic designs and amps that are significantly more expensive.
PreSonus HP4 4-Channel Compact Headphone Amplifier
- The PreSonus HP4 4-Channel Compact Headphone Amplifier includes 4 screaming-loud (130 mW per channel) stereo headphone amps.
- The amp includes wide dynamic range as well as mono summing
- The amp includes control room cue monitor w/ level control and Daisy-chain multiple units.
- Lastly the amp also includes Compact 1/3U rack-mount chassis
- Click Here if you would like to get yourself the PreSonus HP4 4-Channel Compact Headphone Amplifier
4. Get Quality Bass enhanced headphones
Now this entry may seem a little wired given the title of the article.
But if you find that your meddling with windows settings are in fact not giving you the bass that you require and you do not want to mess around with amps and their technicalities, you can purchase a set of headphones that are already designed for bass lovers.
These are among the best known brands for Performance and Bass. Additionally these are some of the top noise canceling headphones on the market.
Another little known brand is BlueAnt which is an Australian manufacturer of headphones and has been known to produce headphones with crazy amounts of Bass.
5.Boosting headphone bass for Android
This will require you to download an app. There are of course many apps that one can choose from on the google play store.
I personally have used an app called equalizer and bass booster by Coocent. This app had a 4.6 rating by the time that of writing this article.
After installation, make sure that your headphones are plugged in. Whilst playing your favorite song, click on the app, it should show a visualizer.
Click on the settings button at the top left and then you should see a bass boost on screen. Adjust the bass boost as you wish to get the desired sound.
Why do my headphones have no bass?
The main reasons could be the following
- Your headphones are not properly plugged into your device
- Your headphone jack is not clean
- Your volume could likely be down
- The bass on your headphones is weak and you need a set of quality bass headphones.
- Your listening to the wrong channel in the wrong ear
- Your device is not powerful enough for your headphones or vice versa
Can bass boost damage headphones?
It is unlikely that your headphones will be damaged from boosting the bass or playing them too loud. To add a caveat, I am talking about a decent set of Quality headphones from the likes of a Sony or Bose.
The technology in these cans is designed such that it becomes very difficult for an amplifier to damage the drivers.
Never the less, whilst the likelihood of your headphones being damaged is small, there is always the risk that you could do damage to your ears. So keep an eye (or ear) out for this.