How many times have you asked someone what kind of music they liked, and had them say “I don’t like music”? Probably not many. Music is a universal language, and even those select few who don’t claim to be that enthusiastic about it still probably find their foot tapping along with some catchy tune on the radio.
For some of us, though, music is an almost constant companion. We’ve got music playing in our car, at our desk, and even when we go for a jog. For some, stock equipment and manufacturer-chosen settings are good enough and provide performance that’s simply “good enough.”
For others, we want to get the most out of our speakers and our music. If you’re one of those music enthusiasts who wants more control over your computer speakers’ sound, you might consider adding an equalizer for Windows.
Chances are good you’ve done some experimenting with built-in equalizers in programs like iTunes, but these are hardly exhaustive options; settings can be limited, offering only rudimentary control. If iTunes isn’t your program of choice, or you want a greater degree of control over your audio, there are other options. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
If you’re using Windows 8 or Windows 10, this is a great equalizer to consider. Equalizer APO is a system-wide equalizer for Windows that adds nearly unparalleled control for experts. The audio novice might like to dive headfirst into Equalizer APO, but there’s a good chance that a seasoned audio veteran will feel somewhat more at home with the program’s many features and settings.
One of the most important features of Equalizer APO is its “virtually unlimited” (their words) number of filters available for customizing speaker output. Compare this to the dozen or so filters available in other programs, and you’ll start to get an idea of just what this program is capable of. The program also easily adapts to different numbers of channels, which means that whether you’re rocking just two satellite speakers or you’ve got an entire 5.1 or 7.1 setup, Equalizer APO has you covered.
For some, latency and system usage will be a concern; there’s good news there as well. Equalizer APO uses a low percentage of your machine’s CPU, which means it was built with performance in mind; it won’t be slowing your computer down as it runs in the background. Best of all, Equalizer APO is free, which means that even those without a great deal of experience might have all the incentive they need to dive in and learn about audio performance.
What if you don’t want a system-wide equalizer for Windows? And suppose you do most of your music listening on streaming services such as Spotify? If that describes you, then you might want to check out Equalify.
Equalify is a free equalizer for use with Spotify. There’s no denying that Spotify is a great service that’s had a hand in changing the way that people listen to music. That said, some people who use the service on a regular basis might find Spotify’s audio quality to be somewhat lacking. Until recently, there wasn’t a lot of recourse available for customers to do anything about this. Thankfully, Equalify is changing that.
So far, Equalify is the only equalizer available designed specifically for use with Spotify. When you download the program, you’ll be provided with a 10-band equalizer designed to help you get the most out of your Spotify subscription.
Evolver had this to say about the program: “The decision to download Equalify for Windows is an easy one to make.” Indeed, if most of your music listening is done through Spotify, there’s no reason not to download Equalify and give it a try. Remember, since it’s a free program, it wouldn’t hurt to make a small donation through their website if you enjoy the program and all that it has to offer.
What About Windows Media Player?
So far we’ve taken a look at third-party equalizer solutions, but what if you don’t want to have to install and run additional programs on your computer? What if you have a large media library already on your computer, and you’d prefer a native Windows solution?
In that case, you probably want to check out SRS WOW Effects in Windows Media Player. With this setting enabled, you have the ability to change bass, stereo, and other audio effects in WMP. You’re provided with a graphic equalizer to tweak the levels of various frequencies, which makes adjustments quick and easy to perform. This solution is perfect for the audio novice.
As you can see, there are some attractive options out there for people who want to get the most out of their music. Album engineers go to a lot of trouble of mixing artists’ music just so, but there’s no way they can account for all of the different types of equipment out there. If you want the optimal listening experience, an equalizer is a quick and easy way to get just that.