Galaxy Note 20: what Dolby Atmos setting is best? How to set up equaliser?

Galaxy Note 20: what Dolby Atmos setting is best? How to set up equalizer?
Samsung's flagships have had stereo speakers and Dolby Atmos enhancement for the past few years, and the Note 20 line is no exception. Both the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra have a Dolby Atmos option with a few different modes, as well as their own EQ buried deep in settings. You may have found them, and probably wondered to yourself — well, which one is best?

I fiddled around extensively with the options and here's what I found to be optimal. Now, everyone's ears are different and you might find the need to fine-tune the EQ to personal taste, but you can start with these guidelines:

Dolby Atmos - use Music mode at all times

I tried every separate mode and wasn't pleased with the result from the others. Auto sometimes made my music / movies sound honky, with a slight bump in the mids. Movie and Voice modes have a weird mid scoop, which makes audio sound a bit "hollow" to me. Music seemed to be the best out of the bunch — and for every type of media, too.

The Equaliser - never boost

Now on to the EQ. This one is going to be very personal for anyone, but here's a general tip you want to follow for Samsung phones — do not use the EQ to boost frequencies. Instead, cut down the undesired ones. Why? Because Samsung's EQ works kind of weird. When you boost a certain frequency above +0, it will start bringing all others down. This not only makes it a nightmare to actually tune in your desired sound, it also degrades the overall sound quality.

Without further ado, here's how I have mine set up. The middle frequencies are slightly scooped to get rid of that honkyness that small smartphone speakers are prone to procude. The very top frequencies are rolled off to get rid of some hiss.

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Galaxy Note 20
  • Display 6.7 inches 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 8GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 4300 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  • Display 6.9 inches 3088 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 108 MP (Triple camera) 10 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 12GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI


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