More thumping bass? You came to the right place. Don't worry, you're not alone - not everyone are using bassy PC speakers / headphones. This instructables will teach you to add more bass without destroying the rest of the sound.
/**Updated on 19 May 2015**/
- foobar2000 v1.3.8
- revised instructions
- freesurround plugin added
Let's get started:
1.) Get foobar2000 (for Windows)
Click here for the portable version with some added plugin. No installation required, but may need admin privilege.
2.) Inspect your subwoofer
Most subwoofers you find on the market are ported which means they have a port or a hole which lets the air in and out. Ensure the port is clear of obstacle first before proceeding.
Then make sure you have no air leak from the subwoofer box, and your subwoofer foam (rubber surround) is not deteriorated. These steps are to prevent unnecessary distortion.
3.) Find where your subwoofer sounds best.
There is a thing called sweet-spot for subwoofer. You can place it under the table, facing the wall, behind a cupboard etc to find out where your subwoofer sounds best.
Every room have different acoustic feedback or characteristic, therefore this step will consume some time.
I noticed that my megaworks 550 subwoofer sounds best when it sits under my computer table. However the downfiring sub does not play well with the desk such that it rattles the desk occassionally. I tilted the subwoofer (Pic 7) and the rattle is gone.
4.) DO NOT MAX the bass knob!
Upon investigation, most bass knob only act as either attenuation knob or fixed equalizer knob. Maxing this knob doesn't help you get more optimal bass. Find out which position gives you the smoothest bass. And then foobar2000 will take it from there.
5.) Test your subwoofer frequencies response.
Use this online frequency generator to check your subwoofer frequency response.
Listen from 100Hz to 30Hz without changing your volume level. Then take note which frequencies you wanted more or less. If your subwoofer is smaller than 6.5" you can stop at 40Hz instead.