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Your Preferred EQ/Dolby Surround Settings

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Black/Black MS, Mar 18, 2017.

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  1. Black/Black MS

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    So this has been covered in another thread that largely got derailed by the eq reset bugs, but I'd like to know what everyone's preferred EQ settings are and whether you prefer Dolby Surround on or off. I'm sure the optimal settings differ between UHF and standard settings, so please specify what system you have. Also, it's probably also significant what you like to listen to, so please include what type of music you've optimized your settings for.

    I'll start:
    2016 Model S UHF Sound
    EQ: 7.0, 3.0, 0.0, -1.5, 1.0
    Dolby surround off.

    Optimized for the 90s country channel on Spotify, although I mostly listen to classic rock so this may change. I keep the Dolby Surround off because it makes it feel like all the music's coming from the dashboard, whereas I prefer the more immersive sounds when I have it off (note, I took it to the service center to have it looked at because I thought there was something wrong with the dolby surround, but they said it's working like it should).

    What are your favorite settings?
     
  2. Venomboy

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    Still playing with it. Leaning towards Dolby off. I get that same dashboard feeling. Dolby seems to boost the mids and add presence and more pronounced highs. It's borderline harsh at times.
     
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  3. JHawk

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    2013 with standard sound.

    6.5/4.5/0/4.5/4.5 are my usual settings.

    I have had a couple loaners with the UHFS and i thought the sub was pretty good. Completely agree that turning the Dolby off is the way to go. The sound coming out of the windshield effect just didn't work for my ears.
     
  4. ahurst

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    I guess I love bass.
    UHFS
    Dolby on sounded better to me
    8.0 5.0 0.0 2.5 6.0
    I had bass at 10.0 at one point.
    Listen to Slacker and HD radio
     
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    AmpedRealtor Well-Known Member

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    My Dolby setting keeps reverting to OFF whenever I get in my car. I thought the audio setting reversion issue was fixed? My equalizer settings stick, but not Dolby.
     
  6. Venomboy

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    My Dolby sometimes turns itself off.

    What's lame is I paid for high fidelity audio and the system plays mostly compressed internet or Bluetooth music. Really wish I could play straight out of my lighting cable.
     
  7. Xenoilphobe

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    Dolby off
    LH Amp and door speakers
    SoundQubed sub in stock box
    Nice +7 +5+ 3 + 5 +7.

    Volume 5. This prevents the rear bumper cover from rattling off. Volume six everything is vibrating and I throttle back the sub. Anything over 8 is painful.
     
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    5, 2, 0, 1.5, 2.5
    Dolby surround OFF
     
  9. Black/Black MS

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    One thing I've noticed is that if I listen to current pop music it sounds bass heavy on my regular EQ setting. I guess music that's produced today is just mixed way more bass heavy than classic rock era music.

    Edit: also glad to hear that most prefer their Dolby surround set to off. At first I thought there was something wrong with my system as I didn't care for it at all.
     
  10. thecloud

    thecloud As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive

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    When you left the car, was the audio source set to Radio or a low-quality stream? I've noticed the same thing. It doesn't happen if I leave the audio source set to USB.
     
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    thecloud As rhythm raced inside, the ship came alive

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    #11 thecloud, Mar 19, 2017
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    And to answer the original question, I mostly listen to USB audio (with lossless compression) and the sound is much fuller and richer with Dolby Surround on. I can see where Dolby off is preferable for lower quality audio streams, though. Current EQ: 4.0 | 5.0 | 6.5 | 7.5 | 6.0

    As for the "music is coming out of the dashboard" comment: I've found that moving the crosshairs back a bit with the controls in the equalizer panel seems to help pull the stereo image back into the car. Remember, though, that Dolby Surround isn't designed to have the same sound coming out of the front and rear speakers, unlike old-school stereo fader controls where you could pull the sound image all the way to the rear of the car.

    My understanding is that Dolby Surround uses 4 audio channels: left, right, center, and surround (rear). But if your audio source only has 2 stereo channels, the software codec has to synthesize the center and surround channels on the fly. This sounds good with high quality audio files, but not so much with lower-quality streams.
     
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    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Dolby always off. It sucks the bass right out due to the processing and the soundstage is waaaay too over processed for my liking.
     
  14. Faiz71

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    This is how I have set up mine (Model X driver :) )
    Works pretty well, especially when playing live concerts thru Spotify
    (Tested it with Metallica Live in Mexico, in case you’ve missen it, it’s Rocktober ;) )
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  15. Navsarin

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    I’m a bass and highs guy. Especially with vol at
    8.0 and up, the mid range starts to over power. Usual listening range is 6-8 vol, with some fun at 8-9...rarely go above 9.
    UHFS
    Dolby OFF
    11.0. 5.0 0.0 4.0 9.0
    Listen to Slacker and HD radio
     
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  16. kort677

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    I just max all the settings out, my biggest complaint is that at low volumes there is no "oomph" to the sound. any music volume above 5 is intolerable unless you are alone in the car.
     

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