System-wide audio tweaks: 10 of the best EQ apps for Android

System-wide audio tweaks: 10 of the best EQ apps for Android
Ah, the modern smartphone – a device jam-packed with features and hardware – a camera, Wi-Fi modem, Bluetooth, IR blaster, at least 2 microphones, antennas, a huge (by outdated standards) display, a battery to juice the whole thing up, and many varying sensors, gizmos, and gimmicks. Among all of a smartphone's components, a loudspeaker must always be fitted – one that makes some noise when you are receiving a call, and that allows you to consume media on-the-go, without requiring you to pull out a headset or any sort of bluetooth speakers.

Now, due to limited size constraints, and the fact that many people choose to buy 3rd party audio solutions, such as bluetooth speakers, or high-quality headphones, manufacturers rarely pay much attention to the sound quality that comes out of their speakers. Yes, some manufacturers do make strides to squeeze out the most out of the limited space and power they have been given – iPhones always sound stellar, and in Android land – HTC and its BoomSound stereo speakers, which adorn most of its upper-midrange and flagship smartphones, is definitely ahead of the competition in regards of sound. However, most of the Android landscape is covered with "acceptable", mediocre, or just plain bad loudspeakers.

And let's be honest – when looking for a new phone, most of us consumers rarely consider the loudspeaker to be a criteria. Still, once we get our hands on the brand-new, shining device, playing through all of its ringtones, watching a few YouTube videos, and loading it up with a few of our favorite songs is usually the first thing we do... and then comes the moment when we realize that the speaker sounds like a raisin rattling inside a tin can (or, it could turn out that the speaker is not half that bad after all).

So, no matter if we have a terrible- or acceptable-sounding speaker, there is always something minor we feel like we wish to tweak in it – just a nudge in the low frequencies, a slight cut in the mids, a slight boost in the highest ones for some brilliance... Well – beauty of Android, folks – there are plenty of system-wide EQ apps available in the Play Store that you can use right now to do just that. OK, so it's both beauty and horror – a lot of them are just plain terrible. But fear not, we are here to give you 10 of the best Android EQ apps that we could dig up from the bunch.

So, without further ado – let's dive right in!

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9 Comments

1. yUlek

Posts: 57; Member since: May 14, 2014

Viper4Android is the king

2. shaineql

Posts: 514; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

VIPER4ANDROID !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Root that s... :D

3. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yet to try most of this but how can I when V4A is among the first 5 apps I install after flashing a ROM or factory reset. I don't believe that anything comes close but then, that is my humble opinion.

4. gorkapr

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

AuvioEQ is simple, not consume ram and. Its free

5. jove39

Posts: 2136; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

AudioFX in Cyanogemen 11/12 does pretty good job...not sure if it's portable to other roms...but worth a try.

6. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

iPhone may have good speakers but an adjustable EQ for listening with headphones is something it badly needs. Everything sounds so flat and the built in EQ's, which are buried in the worst place, don't do much of anything.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

+1 Their loudspeakers are awesome but once you plug in an in-ear speaker, everything goes bland.

8. Vinardo_ZzZ2000

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

Technically they're all the same. All of them access the built-in system AudioEffect class. Custom system-wide effects require sound passed through a wrapper library of the effects, which is required to be installed in the system partition. V4A is an example (root required). Ports of Dolby, SRS, Beats, blahblahblah also require root for installation to the system. It's how the Android's AudioFlinger works...

9. razor_z

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Honestly the latest Atmos tooks everything when comes to sound mods and it doesn't need root just TWRP to flash the zip it's the king imo

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