Switch to Apple Music
For the best results from AirPods, you need your music to be in the AAC document layout, and that is utilized by many streaming services, which include Apple Music and Tidal, however additionally YouTube Music Premium. Spotify simplest makes use of AAC at the desktop withinside the apps, it`s a specific file kind referred to as Ogg Vorbis. Deezer makes use of MP3.
The purpose you need AAC music is due to the fact AirPods are capable of streaming those files over Bluetooth with no conversion – what you listen to is what your phone downloaded. Other music file types ought to be converted live while you play them with a purpose to be streamed over Bluetooth (right into a format referred to as SBC), and this systematic approach that the already compressed music files get digitally chopped and compressed again, this means that the rims of the detail are frequently sanded off.
If you listen in AAC, you are much more likely to preserve the little info that gives music real personality.
Find the secret EQ options
There is a secret EQ option! Like so some of the iPhone`s best-stored secrets, it is hidden in Settings > Accessibility. From here, pass to ‘Audio/Visual’, then ‘Headphone Accommodations’.
Here, there are a few presets you may use: ‘Balanced Tone’ is the normal setup, ‘Vocal Range’ boosts the mid-range and lessens the bass effect slightly, while ‘Brightness’ prioritizes treble and flattens the bass further.
You may even do a ‘Custom Audio Setup’ feature, as a way to play sounds and ask you questions to create a listening profile tuned for you, that aims that will help you pay attention to extra detail in songs, and to hear people’s voices extra without a doubt on calls.
Turn off noise cancellation
This is one for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users, but if you’re somewhere that doesn’t require active noise cancellation to be switched on, then turn it off! It colors the sound, so if you don’t need it, you’ll get more accurate audio by turning it off.
You can do this easily in Control Center. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone if you have one with Face ID, or swipe up from the bottom if you have one with a Home button. Tap and hold on to the volume slider, then tap ‘Noise Control’ and choose ‘Off’.
Turn off Spatial Audio
1) Turn off Dolby Atmos music completely. Head to Settings > Music, and scroll down to ‘Dolby Atmos’. Change it from ‘Automatic’ to ‘Off’. Now you’ll only get the classic versions of tracks.
2) You can make everything sound like it’s Spatial Audio, if it isn’t a Dolby Atmos track, using special processing. Open Control Center on your iPhone by swiping from the top-right (if you have Face ID) or from the bottom (if you have a Home button), tap and hold the volume slider, then tap ‘Spatialize Stereo’.
If you want it on, tap ‘Fixed’ (we don’t recommend the ‘Head Tracked’ option; it’s annoying for music). This will mean that everything sounds more consistently like a Dolby Atmos track, even if it isn’t.
Check the fit of AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro is the only AirPods with in-ear tips, and it’s important that they fit correctly for you, because if they’re too big or too small, you won’t get the best seal. A good seal ensures that sound from outside isn’t leaking in so that you not only get the best noise cancellation but also so that you’re hearing your music as clearly and un-clouded as possible.
You can run a test to check the fit of your AirPods Pro at any time. Go to Settings > Bluetooth while they’re in your ears, find them in your list of devices, and tap the ‘i’ icon on the right. Now choose ‘Ear Tip Fit Test’.
And if you struggle with the supplied AirPods Pro tips, don’t forget that there are companies that make memory foam tips for AirPods Pro, which could give up a huge sound-blocking upgrade.
Use Conversation Boost for better mic quality
There’s a hidden feature for AirPods called Conversation Boost, which does an incredible job of picking your voice up more strongly and cutting out background noise.
We’ve already written a separate guide to it here, but to find it, you need to go to Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual > Headphone Accommodations > Transparency Mode. Now turn on the Conversation Boost option you see there – your friends and family will thank you for it!
We featured this in our recent AirPods tips article – there’s more in there beyond the audio quality advice we’ve given here, so check it out!