These days, there’s a lot of nostalgia and rose-tinted yearning for the older times when cassettes and vinyl reigned supreme. Back then, all you had to do was pop the record on a turntable or the cassette in a player and it was good. Nowadays, digital sound is a bit more complicated if you want maximum quality.
Sound is produced across a broad spectrum of frequencies ranging from the lowest (bass) to the highest (treble). An equalizer takes an input sound and adjusts it by emphasizing or de-emphasizing certain frequencies, which is useful since different types of sound and music place different emphases on the various frequency ranges. If your digital audio ever sounds flat or wrong, you most likely need an equalizer to optimize the sound waves.
Nearly every premium Android music app comes with a working equalizer (e.g., n7player, doubleTwist) and there are a few free music players with working equalizers as well (e.g., Shuttle Player, Rocket Player). However, if you want a global equalizer that works regardless of which music app you’re using, then check out these great equalizer Android apps.
Note: Since equalizers are closely tied to the system’s audio, having multiple equalizers may cause compatibility issues. For best results, you should only use one equalizer at a time.
Equalizer is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use equalizer app that will truly elevate your audio experience to the next level if you aren’t already using an equalizer. It’s packed with features like eleven presets, audio sampler, bass booster, virtualizer, reverb, and more. With over 41,000 votes and a 4.5-star average on Google Play, there’s a lot going for this app.
One cool thing about Equalizer is the preset auto-detection, which will automatically select an appropriate preset for you based on the song you’re currently listening to. Unfortunately, Equalizer is not guaranteed to work with all music apps due to compatibility issues, but it does support a lot of them so your chances are good. Plus, it works with streaming apps like Pandora.
Equalizer also comes with a built-in widget that you can place on your home screen for immediate access to equalizer settings whenever you need them. The widget comes in 4×1 and 2×1 sizes.
For $1.99 USD, you can upgrade to Equalizer’s premium version, which allows you to save, delete, or rename custom presets, create home screen shortcuts for specific presets, and backup/restore presets from an SD card.
Music Equalizer markets itself primarily as a volume slider with side capabilities for a five-band equalizer, bass booster, and virtualizer, which is strange because the volume slider isn’t all that important (unless you’re using a device that doesn’t have immediate volume control, like the Kindle Fire) and the equalizer is the main draw. Nevertheless, it’s a relatively simple app that does exactly what it claims to do and it does it well.
Music Equalizer comes with nine preset equalizer profiles. These cover the most popular genres but in case you want more customization, the app also allows you to create your own custom presets. Other than the small option to lock music volume, which prevents you from accidentally hitting a button and changing the volume, that’s all Music Equalizer does – and that’s all it really needs to do. It’s straightforward and I like that.
The downside is that Music Equalizer has a slim ad at the bottom that points to some of the other apps by the developer and there’s no way to disable it – there isn’t even a premium version that you can buy to get rid of it.
The first thing that struck me about Equalizer FX is how much it resembles Equalizer (the first app in this list). The layouts are oddly familiar and the logos are uncanny in their similarity – strange considering the fact that the developers of the two apps are not the same. I don’t know if there was any malicious infringement going on, but that’s one heck of a coincidence if there wasn’t.
Equalizer FX comes with twelve presets, an audio sampler, a bass booster, and a virtualizer but does not have an auto-preset detection feature nor does it have a reverb feature. However, Equalizer FX earns a lot of points in my book because it allows users to create and save their own presets in the free version.
The free version of Equalizer FX is supposedly supported by ads, but I’ve yet to see or hear any ads while using it. If you do see ads and you’d rather get rid of them, you can upgrade to the paid version for $1 USD and eliminate the ads altogether.
There isn’t much that separates Music Volume EQ from the other equalizer apps on this list, except for the fact that it is the most popular one with over 51,000 ratings on Google Play giving it a 4.5-star rating. With so many users happy with Music Volume EQ’s performance, it seems like the safest bet of the bunch.
It comes with the core equalizer features that you’d need: five-band control, nine equalizer presets, a bass booster, a virtualizer, and a home screen widget for convenience. This app is entirely free (no ads, no premium version) and you can save your own custom presets without limitation. According to the app page, Music Volume EQ is guaranteed to work with Android Music Player, Winamp, Google Music, MixZing, Poweramp, and others.
There’s a little bit of fine print that says Music Volume EQ reserves the right to anonymously track and report usage data within this app, which may be important to you privacy-heads out there. Personally, it doesn’t bother me as much as the interface which is functionally fine but just not my style.
My personal pick would be Music Equalizer because it has the equalizer, nine equalizer presets, and the ability to create and save your own presets, all for free (the little ad at the bottom isn’t enough to turn me off). I don’t really need a home screen widget for my equalizer, but if you do, then Music Volume EQ is your best bet (and this one has no ads, so bonus).
Do you use equalizer Android apps? If so, which one? Know of any other equalizer apps that deserve a mention? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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