Customise and Tune AirPods to Sound Better on iOS
The AirPods Pro sounds pretty awesome right out of the box, at least for a true wireless earbuds. However, there is actually a way to tune the AirPods to sound better on iOS. I’ve tried this and it does make the sound slightly “wider” to my simple non-audiophile ears.
How to tune the Airpods to sound better on iOS
TL;DR, here is a video that walks through how to find the settings.
The option to tune the AirPods is actually “hidden” somewhere within the iOS settings. You will find the Headphones Accommodations option in the Audio/Visual section of the Accessibility settings.
When you click into the Headphones Accommodations settings, by default, it would be turned off. Turn it on and you will see all the available customisations you can set for the AirPods.
I recommended you to start off with the guided “Custom Audio Setup” option. It would guide you through a simple 3 steps to tune the AirPods Pro.
Step 1: Tune the AirPods for speech
The first step of will tune the AirPods to sound better for speech. If you are using an AirPods Pro, it will automatically turn on the noise cancellation mode. In this step, the volume is also set to 50% to see how well you can hear the the spoken speech.
Tap the Yes button if you can hear the speech clearly. Otherwise, Tap No and iOS will tune the vocal ranges louder and you should be able to hear it better.
Step 2: Tune the Airpods for music
When tuning the AirPods to sound better for music, it would playback two or three tunings of a tune that boosts different tonal ranges each time. You will then be asked to choose the version you prefer better. At the end of the tuning, you will get to compare the custom recommended settings. Here, you can select to go with the custom settings, or just use the standard settings as per normal.
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Step 3: Customised Transparency Mode for AirPods Pro
For AirPods Pro users, there will be one last step to customised the transparency mode. If you had use a customised settings for the music tuning, you will notice that the transparency mode audio is also enhanced. You can go with that, or customise it further to your liking.
My personal AirPods Pro tuning preference
Personally, I preferred the Balanced Tone tuning settings with the soft sounds boosted slightly. That seems to be a best for me. But if you like your music playback to be “brighter”, you can definitely set it to sound as such as well.
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