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Choose an Equalizer Setting for Your iPad

An equalizer on your iPad increases or decreases the relative levels of specific frequencies to enhance the sound you hear. Some equalizer settings emphasize the bass (low end) notes in a song; other equalizer settings make the higher frequencies more apparent.

The iPad has more than a dozen equalizer presets, with names such as Acoustic, Bass Booster, Bass Reducer, Dance, Electronic, Pop, and Rock. Each one is ostensibly tailored to a specific type of music.

The way to find out whether you prefer using equalization is to listen to music while trying different settings. To do that, first start listening to a song you like. Then, while the song is playing, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Home button on the front of your iPad.

  2. Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen.

  3. Tap Music in the list of settings.

  4. Tap EQ in the list of Music settings.

  5. Tap different EQ presets (Pop, Rock, R&B, or Dance, for example), and listen carefully to the way they change how the song sounds.

  6. When you find an equalizer preset that you think sounds good, tap the Home button and you’re finished.

If you don’t like any of the presets, tap Off at the top of the EQ list to turn off the equalizer.

You may get somewhat longer battery life if you keep EQ turned off.

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