AirPods Max Bass Adjustment Guide

By following these steps, you should be able to find a bass level that suits your preference while using your AirPods Max. Remember, each person's hearing and preferences are different, so what works for one person might not work for another.

Check Firmware and Cleanliness

  • Update Firmware: Ensure your AirPods Max are running the latest firmware by updating the paired iPhone or iPad to the latest version.
  • Clean Properly: Use a soft, dry, lint-free cloth for cleaning. Avoid water and harsh chemicals. Ensure no liquid gets into the openings.

Use iPhone Accessibility Features

  • Headphone Accommodations: Found under Accessibility settings, this feature allows you to tune the audio for the vocal range, which can indirectly affect how you perceive the bass.

Adjust Equalizer Settings

  • iTunes Equalizer: Use this for more precise adjustments. For example, slightly boosting the 1 to 3kHz range can enhance the vocal clarity, indirectly balancing the bass.
  • Manual Settings: Avoid presets. Instead, slightly reduce the levels at 32 Hz and 64 Hz, and a minor reduction at 125 Hz. Slightly boost at 2 kHz and a bit more at 4 kHz. This creates a balanced sound profile.

Experiment with Different Apps

  • App-Specific Sound: Some users find that using different apps (like those on Android) allows for more equalizer customization, which can be useful if you're not satisfied with the iPhone's settings.

Understand Sound Preferences

  • Balanced vs. Bass-Heavy: Understand that a 'flat' equalizer setting means a balanced sound profile. Adjusting the equalizer depends on whether you prefer a balanced sound or a bass-heavy experience.


  • Personal Preference: Bass perception is subjective, so adjust according to your own preference.
  • Patience in Adjustment: Small changes can make a big difference. Experiment with small adjustments to find your ideal sound profile.
  • App Usage: Some users find certain apps provide better sound customization than others, so don't hesitate to try different music or video apps.
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