Alexa and equalizer function
Amazon’s smart speakers have been improving over time, adding new models with better hardware to achieve the broadest possible catalog. Because not all users have the same needs. Although there are those who only want a speaker through which they can use the respective voice assistant that it offers, others look for that without giving up the best possible sound quality.
Hence, on the one hand, there are the Echo Dot as more economical and accessible proposals for everyone, although they also do not sound bad for casual use with music that gives a little atmosphere to stay at home or evenings with friends; and on the other, more complete models such as the Echo or Echo Plus that go one step further and already begin to offer a sound with more body and better performance throughout the frequency range.
Still, any of these speakers can be improved a bit in terms of sound quality thanks to the equalizer function that Alexa incorporates. An option that allows you to adjust the three main frequency ranges: bass, midrange and treble.
That way you get a little more control over how the speaker is going to sound and that’s important depending on the type of audio you’re listening to. Because, for example, you can give more consistency to sounds like that of a drums or voice if it is a podcast instead of music. Of course, to know how to do this in the most optimal way possible, you first have to know what type of sound each of them is.
What are bass, middle and treble sounds
Making use of the equalization options of any sound device or player that offers them is useless if you do not know beforehand what you are doing by touching each of the parameters. So before continuing, let’s review what each of the types of sounds that you can modify is.
- The bass sounds or tones are those that are reproduced at frequencies between 20 Hz and 250 Hz
- The sounds or midtones are those between 250 Hz and 5,000 Hz (5 kHz)
- And the high-pitched sounds or tones are those that are above 5,000 Hz (5 kHz)
Knowing this and to make it much clearer, nothing better than some examples of the different sounds. For example, bass sounds would be those that sound full-bodied, like the sound caused by thunder, a trombone, a kick drum, … I’m sure you already understand what he means.
High-pitched sounds are those much “finer” like the sound of a violin, children’s voices, a flute. And already the sounds or midtones, all the others.
How to use the Alexa equalizer with voice commands
Now that you know more or less the basis of the equalization, although it is something much more complex and can be carried out not only by modifying three bars but many more to have more precision, let’s see how you can use the Alexa equalizer and the first option it is, of course, through voice commands.
In the same way that you can raise or lower the volume, start or stop a playback of music, podcasts, etc., you can also control the equalization by just giving the appropriate command. An order that is summed up in saying Alesa increase or decrease the desired frequencies.
For example, you can indicate using “Alexa, turn up the bass” or “Alexa, reduce the treble” and the voice assistant will take care of modifying the appropriate parameter according to the request. If you want to have a little more precision, then you should know that these adjustments in terms of decibels will allow modifying the values between 6 dB and -6 dB. So you could also specify the exact value you want to raise or lower with “Alexa, change the media to -2”.
And don’t worry, because if you see that you’re messing it up and every time that sounds worse, you can always tell it to reset everything with “Alexa, reset the equalizer.”
Equalize your Amazon Echo from the Alexa app
The other option to enjoy a better equalization on your Amazon Echo smart speaker is to use the Alexa application installed on your mobile device. Through it you can access the equalizer and modify the three frequency ranges through three very simple controls.
For this, what you must do is the following:
- Open the Alexa app on your mobile phone or tablet
- Go to the More section
- Now enter with Settings
- Once inside, go to Device Settings
- In the following list you will see all the ones you have associated with your account with Alexa, so look for the Amazon Echo that you want to manage
- Once selected, tap on Audio Settings
- Now you just have to adjust the bass, mids and treble as you see best
- Ready, give it back or exit the application and you would have a more personalized sound to your liking
As you can see, it is very simple and fast if you intend to touch all the frequencies that you can modify with the Alexa equalization.
The best equalization
As with many other things, saying what the best equalization you can do to an Amazon Echo is complicated and even risky since each one interprets the sounds differently and you have some preferences or others. Even so, for a good number of users it seems that a good equalization makes use of the following values:
- Bass in 2 or 3
- Media in 1 or 2
This would be a general music setting, regardless of genre. Although you will already know that listening to pop music is not the same as rock, dance or electronic. So depending on stores to listen to one more than another you may have to change.
Is it true that it turns out to be the best possible EQ? Well, it sounds good to us, but you will tell us what you think or what you think is the best way to get the most out of each of these smart speakers.