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Looking around for more thumping bass? You came to the right place. Don't worry, you're not alone - not everyone are using bassy PC speakers/headphones. Here's how you can add more bass without destroying the rest of the sound: keep the bass and reduce the rest equally. (See Picture 3)

/**Article updated on 19 Jan 2013*/

Checklist:

1.) foobar2000
Here is the portable version of v1.1.15 with some added stuff. No installation required, but may need admin privilege.

2.) Subwoofer physical inspection
Eliminate any physical barrier that stops the subwoofer from working harder. The Altec Lansing ADA885 was designed to have its heatsink protruding the reflex port. This heatsink blocks some air coming out of the subwoofer and therefore gives this annoying sound when cranked. I replaced the heatsink with compatible one which just cost 3 bucks on ebay and problem solved!

Other subwoofer like Edifier R501 and Cambridge Soundworks 550 came with protective filter or grill that prevent foreign object to enter the subwoofer chamber. I simply pull of the protective net or break the port grill so it doesn't block anything coming out of the port.

3.) Find your subwoofer sweet spot
Play around with your subwoofer location to check if the sub sounds better when it is facing the wall or placed nearer to the corner of the room. Every rooms have different sound characteristic, therefore there is no universal trick here.

Tilting the subwoofer may also help, especially if the subwoofer is downfiring ones. The Megaworks 550 has a downfiring sub and it causes the desk above it to rattle each time the bass hits. So I tilted the subwoofer -90 degrees and attach some rubber feet. Result? 'muddy' bass is less than before, and desk rattling is significantly minimized. (See Picture 9-10)

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
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.

 
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yho12 years ago
KLIPSCH.....one of the greatest speaker that i've ever heard..lol...
atejchman3 years ago
i cant figure out how to get to step 1
usbdevice (author)  atejchman3 years ago
hi, in foobar2000, navigate to "View" on top of the window, click it and select "Equalizer".

Once the equalizer is ticked (enabled), you can increase and 55hz bar to get more bass, but remember to click auto-level each time you increase it.

hope this helps, good luck!
power4 years ago
haha sweet
I was reading and I see papertube mod on Edifier MP300? :P
was happy to hear you still remember this mod :D
usbdevice (author)  power4 years ago
lol. of course i should. it's one great trick i found few years back. anyone using Edifier MP300 / MP300+ should use it.
karossii4 years ago
Why do you consider SRS Audio Sandbox and Dolby Prologic IIx to be "creepy"?
power karossii4 years ago
SRS makes the sound quality very fake.
trebles sounded like plastic bag lol
and sometimes there's too much trebles and you can't reduce it :(

that dolby thing...I dunno lol
usbdevice (author)  karossii4 years ago
The SRS, i found both the Sandbox and TruSurround that comes with my logitech z cinema are overrated. using couple of freeware such as foobar2000 above it makes things sounds better. the only SRS I used is the windows mobile version.

and for the DPLIIx, my laptop has it embedded. Doesn't sound good at all, perhaps they just reverse the matrix of front speakers for the rear channels. However, I turn them on so they upmix things from internet like youtube.
0_0 It has a spectrogram!? SO COOL!! I can see phasing!

Is there any way to wire this so that it displays the spectrogram of a real-time line in or microphone? Or do you know of any other freeware real-time spectrum analyzers? I don't have a good way to visually monitor things in high detail when I'm mastering in Reason (the vocoder trick works, but it's not a large display).
usbdevice (author)  DeusXMachina4 years ago
Regarding the spectrogram, i'm not really certain. However, you could check at the official forums at www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/

Compared to WMP, of course foobar2000's EQ sounds much better. I have not touch WMP for music playback since i use foobar2000. lol

thanks and enjoy...


Yeah, I just found a bunch of stuff. This website has lots of downloads and you can filter by freeware etc: http://www.hitsquad.com/smm/
Thank you!!!!! This is wonderful! Two things were really starting to piss me off about WMP:
1) Single-band compression causing ducking of my low-end when the high end peaked, giving that obnoxious "wobbly" sound. (I'm a big audiophile)
2) It seems like it's been taking longer and longer to start up.

I use VLC, primarily for FLAC and streaming, but I don't like it's UI and lack of library support. I am giving foobar a shot and it looks like it's going to be a good match :)