Bored? This app will help fine-tune your headphone listening.

If you listen to a lot of music from your phone, you’ll know that there are limited options for tweaking the sound that comes out of your headphones. Looking at iPhones, you’ll see just a few preset EQ settings.

But then there are apps like SoundId from Sonarworks, a Latvian-based tech outfit that creates audio reference software. Download the app, pick your model of headphones from a very long list and then proceed to adjust the audio so it’s most pleasing to you.

I tried it with a couple of headphones, including some first-gen Apple AirPods and the difference was rather dramatic. You can try it for yourself here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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