Life Q30 EQ Sound

Hi, i’ve got these headphones but i’m a little disappointed with the sound. Sorry for my english, i don’t know what i have use, NC or Normal and what eq i have to use. I tried some eq settings that i seen on Youtube but the sound doesn’t seems good. My in ear earbuds are more cleaner. Thanks all!

Isn’t there an app to create eqs and other settings for the Q30?
You should really take some time
and find out the best settings which are fitting for you.

There is nobody who can tell you what fits for you best.
Only you can decide.

I do not know if these have the hearid in them but if they do, I would do that first.

If not, I think I would try to start off at the normal mode, adjust them to fit your head to reduce as much noise. There are a bunch of presets eq that you can use or you can create your own. As stated other preset may be good for them but not for you. I would use the soundcore presets and then try to see what is the best for you or do a custom and work with it to get your best fit for you.

I would recommend using Normal mode to test the sound out. Use normal eq and see what you need to increase/decrease so you can get better sound out. I’m not sure what you mean by “disappointed with the sound” so I’m trying to write a generic answer.

Another thing you can try is use customer EQ on Soundcore app (phone app only) and lower each bar to see how it affects the sound. That should help you get better sound

if you have an android phone, don’t use the EQ in the Soundcore app but use the free Wavelet app and use the AutoEQ function with the Life Q30 profile…more info about the AutoEQ project: https://github.com/jaakkopasanen/AutoEq

for unlucky non-android (iOS) phone users, try and follow the green equalization curve profile: https://github.com/jaakkopasanen/AutoEq/tree/master/results/rtings/rtings_harman_over-ear_2018/Anker%20Soundcore%20Life%20Q30

Can you explain more about this? What is the green line supposed to achieve - a “flat” sound?

Would you mind posting some eq settings for iOS users (how many dB decrease/increase for each band)?

the AutoEQ project uses the Harman target curve (the blue “Target” line) for equalization so the green “Equalization” line is the EQ used to adjust the black “Raw” frequency response of the Life Q30 (using the default EQ (Soundcore Signature)) as measured by Rtings.com

i use an Android phone so using the Wavelet app and the AutoEQ function provides incredible equalization (see the settings in the file “Anker Soundcore Life Q30 GraphicEQ.txt”)…

iOS users can try using the custom EQ in the Soundcore app and approximate the shape/curve of the the green “Equalization” line as best you can while listening to music that you know very well…unfortunately, the custom EQ in the Soundcore app only shows adjustments in whole numbers…

I would say that you should first size the headphones to fit your head, and then pick one of the preset EQ’s. If you want to go even deeper, I would say you should create a custom EQ exactly to your liking.

I find the acoustic preset eq in the soundcore app better than the autoeq settings for life q30 in the wavelet app. Give it a try.

thanks…acoustic preset is better than the default soundcore signature, and piano preset is better than the acoustic preset (similar except for sub bass and high treble)…even better would be custom piano (lower 100Hz slider and raise 6.4k slider)…

but once you have heard the proper Harman target, it is hard to go back…unfortunately, rtings.com measurements tend to be wonky in the last 1.5 octaves so i had to modify the settings used in the wavelet app…hopefully somebody takes a more accurate measurement…

in the end, sound is subjective and if you enjoy it, stick with it…

Is it possible to share your settings with me?
Thanks

copy and save the following as a .txt file (name it something like “Anker Soundcore Life Q30 (fix)”) and then import it into wavelet and then select it:

GraphicEQ: 20 -14.1; 21 -13.9; 22 -13.8; 23 -13.6; 24 -13.5; 26 -13.1; 27 -13.0; 29 -12.8; 30 -12.7; 32 -12.7; 34 -12.8; 36 -13.0; 38 -13.3; 40 -13.6; 43 -14.1; 45 -14.4; 48 -14.7; 50 -14.9; 53 -14.9; 56 -14.9; 59 -14.7; 63 -14.5; 66 -14.3; 70 -14.0; 74 -13.8; 78 -13.7; 83 -13.5; 87 -13.5; 92 -13.4; 97 -13.4; 103 -13.4; 109 -13.3; 115 -13.3; 121 -13.2; 128 -13.0; 136 -12.6; 143 -12.1; 151 -11.5; 160 -10.8; 169 -10.0; 178 -9.1; 188 -8.2; 199 -7.2; 210 -6.4; 222 -5.8; 235 -5.3; 248 -5.0; 262 -4.9; 277 -4.9; 292 -4.9; 309 -4.9; 326 -4.9; 345 -4.8; 364 -4.8; 385 -4.9; 406 -5.1; 429 -5.6; 453 -6.3; 479 -6.8; 506 -6.8; 534 -5.8; 565 -4.4; 596 -3.2; 630 -2.5; 665 -2.3; 703 -2.3; 743 -2.3; 784 -2.3; 829 -2.2; 875 -2.0; 924 -1.9; 977 -1.2; 1032 -0.7; 1090 -1.4; 1151 -2.4; 1216 -3.2; 1284 -3.1; 1357 -2.4; 1433 -2.2; 1514 -2.6; 1599 -3.0; 1689 -3.2; 1784 -3.9; 1885 -4.6; 1991 -4.9; 2103 -5.2; 2221 -5.3; 2347 -5.4; 2479 -5.6; 2618 -6.0; 2766 -6.0; 2921 -5.3; 3086 -4.2; 3260 -2.8; 3443 -1.5; 3637 -0.9; 3842 -0.9; 4058 -1.2; 4287 -1.2; 4528 -0.8; 4783 -0.2; 5052 -0.2; 5337 -0.2; 5637 -0.2; 5955 -0.2; 6290 -0.2; 6644 -0.2; 7018 -0.2; 7414 -0.2; 7831 -0.2; 8272 -1.1; 8738 -2.4; 9230 -3.4; 9749 -4.4; 10298 -5.6; 10878 -6.7; 11490 -7.4; 12137 -8.3; 12821 -9.4; 13543 -10.3; 14305 -11; 15110 -11.5; 15961 -12; 16860 -12.6; 17809 -13.2; 18812 -13.8; 19871 -14.4

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I applied your settings and you are very right.
Thanks a lot.

Ok, so I tried to tweak the EQ in iOS Soundcore app as per the green curve on your website and I came up with something like this:

Is it close to what it’s supposed to look like? If so, then I have to say that it sounds kind of as in a tin can, or “supressed/compressed”, for the lack of a better wording… Admittedly it won’t sound that bad anymore when your ears adjust to it, but as soon as you switch to a different EQ it will sound quite pale in comparison!

PS: It seems to sound a tad better in NC mode vs Normal mode, but still rather dull compared to, say, Mr Cow’s settings…

your scaling is off which is why your EQ settings sounds like a “tin can”

the difference in your EQ between 100Hz and 200Hz is only +3dB whereas the AutoEQ curve is at least +6dB and if you keep doing this you will quickly see you will run out of power as the AutoEQ curve requires 15dB (-10dB to +5dB) of gain whereas the SoundCore EQ has only 12dB (-6dB to +6dB) of gain

and then you will also have to do more adjustments to compensate for additive EQ and subtractive EQ

try the simpler method i suggested earlier (comment #11) customizing the Piano preset by lowering the 100Hz all the way down and raising the 6.4kHz slider up to at least as high as the 3.2kHz slider or higher to your liking

That is a cool graph - probably not surprising the default puts the boost a little high, but the final outcome is very different. Hopefully will be able to try out both soon.

I did not realize there was so much effort put into smoothing out and optimizing different headphones out there. I’ll have to try it with some of my other headphones.

almost a decade ago, Dr. Sean Olive and his colleagues at Harman began studying what sound most people preferred when listening to headphones which lead to the development of the preference curve now commonly referred to as the Harman target or the Harman curve (a good YouTube overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdlZCBs01DA)

in the last couple of years, more and more headphone manufacturers have now been tuning their headphones to follow the Harman target which has led some really smart people to provide info/apps to help others tune their headphones to follow the Harman target (eg, the AutoEQ project, Wavelet app, r/Oratory1990, etc.)

not sure what the heck Anker/SoundCore is doing but if you have an Android phone you should be ok…

the above setting is for when noise cancelling (NC) is off ONLY

used noise cancelling today as my neighbor was jack-hammering something and realized that there is MAJOR bass loss

for NC on, customize piano setting by ONLY raising the 6.4kHz slider up to at least as high as the 3.2kHz slider or higher to your liking (do not change the 100Hz slider)

having such a major sound change when switching NC on/off is ridiculous

did not realize there was major bass loss with noise cancelling on: SoundCore Life Q30 (NC on)

GraphicEQ: 20 -9.2; 21 -8.9; 22 -8.8; 23 -8.6; 24 -8.5; 26 -8.1; 27 -8.0; 29 -7.8; 30 -7.8; 32 -7.7; 34 -7.8; 36 -8.1; 38 -8.4; 40 -8.7; 43 -9.3; 45 -9.6; 48 -9.9; 50 -10.1; 53 -10.2; 56 -10.2; 59 -10.2; 63 -10.1; 66 -10.0; 70 -9.9; 74 -9.9; 78 -9.9; 83 -10.0; 87 -10.1; 92 -10.3; 97 -10.5; 103 -10.8; 109 -11.0; 115 -11.2; 121 -11.3; 128 -11.4; 136 -11.2; 143 -11.0; 151 -10.6; 160 -10.0; 169 -9.3; 178 -8.5; 188 -7.7; 199 -6.9; 210 -6.1; 222 -5.5; 235 -5.1; 248 -4.9; 262 -4.8; 277 -4.8; 292 -4.8; 309 -4.8; 326 -4.8; 345 -4.8; 364 -4.8; 385 -4.9; 406 -5.1; 429 -5.6; 453 -6.3; 479 -6.8; 506 -6.8; 534 -5.8; 565 -4.4; 596 -3.2; 630 -2.5; 665 -2.3; 703 -2.3; 743 -2.3; 784 -2.3; 829 -2.2; 875 -2.0; 924 -1.9; 977 -1.2; 1032 -0.7; 1090 -1.4; 1151 -2.4; 1216 -3.2; 1284 -3.1; 1357 -2.4; 1433 -2.2; 1514 -2.6; 1599 -3.0; 1689 -3.2; 1784 -3.9; 1885 -4.6; 1991 -4.9; 2103 -5.2; 2221 -5.3; 2347 -5.4; 2479 -5.6; 2618 -6.0; 2766 -6.0; 2921 -5.3; 3086 -4.2; 3260 -2.8; 3443 -1.5; 3637 -0.9; 3842 -0.9; 4058 -1.2; 4287 -1.2; 4528 -0.8; 4783 -0.2; 5052 -0.2; 5337 -0.2; 5637 -0.2; 5955 -0.2; 6290 -0.2; 6644 -0.2; 7018 -0.2; 7414 -0.2; 7831 -0.2; 8272 -1.1; 8738 -2.4; 9230 -3.4; 9749 -4.4; 10298 -5.6; 10878 -6.7; 11490 -7.4; 12137 -8.3; 12821 -9.4; 13543 -10.3; 14305 -11; 15110 -11.5; 15961 -12; 16860 -12.6; 17809 -13.2; 18812 -13.8; 19871 -14.4

I have made the changes. Thanks