Top 5 apps to get the best from your headphones

From sound equalizers to software that fine tunes the audio to your hearing – here’s how you can use apps to get the best sound from your headphones…

12 Dec 2017

Whether you’re using the earbuds that came with your phone or a more premium set, there are lots of apps that can improve the quality of your headphones.

Here we round up the top 5 sound-enhancing apps.


Bose Connect

In a nutshell: The Bose Connect app is specifically designed to help you get the best from your Bose headphones.bose connect

This app is compatible with most new Bose headphones, but if you’re looking to start working on your fitness, Bose Connect is really handy to use alongside SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones. With it, you can:

  • Track your heart rate so you know when you need to up the intensity for maximum health benefits
  • Access heart rate readings
  • Control noise cancellation levels - no more unplugging your headphones when you’re jogging over busy roads.
  • Adjust the volume of your music.
  • Listen to the same music as your running partner thanks to the app’s ability to pair with two devices (as long as you both have Bose headphones)

Get the app for Android or Apple devices


Improve the quality of free headphones – Headphones Equalizer

In a nutshell: Give the headphones that came with your phone a boost with a high-quality audio setupheadphones equalizer

Sure, the headphones that come in the same box as your phone are pretty good – but they still have a way to go. Use the Equalizer app to master any brand of headphone for the best possible audio quality. With it you can:

  • Get total control over your sound with bass, midrange and treble toggles
  • Enjoy a deep bass sound with the bass boost
  • Manage everything from within the app – it syncs with your default music player
  • Or have it running in the background– and use the Quick Notification access to change the settings from your home screen

Get the app for Android from the Google Play store


Listen to different genres – Bass Booster

In a nutshell: Metal and rock fans will agree, some music can only be listened to loud

bass boosterBlare out your favourite tracks the way they should be played by boosting the volume by up to +10dB on Bass Booster. With it you can:

  • Set it up with presets for different genres – it’ll automatically detect these based on what’s being played
  • Or create your own – and listen to your music the way you like it
  • Use the homescreen shortcut to manage your settings without having to open the app
  • Programme it to fade out for incoming calls – and turn down the volume during conversations

Android: Google Play store


Take control of how your music sounds - Onkyo HF Player

In a nutshell: Elevate your music to hi-res status with Onkyo’s touch-adjustable equalizer


Does it drive you crazy when you feel like the sound just isn’t quite right? Maybe it’s something about the mix, or perhaps you just prefer a little more bass. Take control with the Onkyo HF Player app. With it, you can:

  • Choose from more than 15,000 bands of high-definition equalization without compromising audio quality
  • Save your custom presets or use existing ones created by professionals
  • Crossfade between tracks for a seamless mix

Apple: App Store

Android: Google Play store


For turning it up to 11 - Volume Booster

In a nutshell: Does exactly what it says on the tin.volume booster

Sometimes the loudest setting just isn’t loud enough. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to download Volume Booster immediately, which lets you pump it up with a single tap. This clever app lets you:

  • Boost your device’s volume by up to 40%
  • Increase the volume for music as well as ringtones, notifications, and phone call audio
  • Connect to headsets, headphones and speakers to boost your audio however you’re listening

Android: Google Play store


Time to upgrade your headphones?

These handy apps do a lot for improving the listening experience on your phone. For truly outstanding audio quality you just can’t beat a great set of headphones. If you’re thinking it’s time for an upgrade, here are some great picks.

Bose soundsport

Break free from annoying wires with the BOSE SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. They’re sweat and water resistant, making them perfect for listening to music while working out. Six hours of battery life means they’ll keep going for as long as you do (and beyond).

Get the Bose SoundSport Wireless Bluetooth Headphonesjaybird x3

Another great set of wireless, in-ear headphones is the Jaybird X3 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day and powerful enough to pack a real punch. They’ve got a built-in control panel with microphone, so you can skip tracks, answer a call or turn up the volume without scrambling for your phone. Use the built-in control panel to:

  • Skip to your favourite track
  • Take a call – hands-free on-the-go
  • Turn up the volume to really get into your workout zone


jabra elite sport

Finally, the Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - also sweat and water resistant - are totally free of cables. Simply slotting into your ears and you’re set. What’s more, they have a built-in heart rate monitor, so you can track your workout without slowing down.

Get the Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Bluetooth Headphones


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