Best Xbox Wireless Headset EQ settings: dial in the perfect sound

The best EQ settings for your Xbox Wireless Headset depend on what sounds good to you, since personal taste is a big part of what makes your gaming experience memorable. But you can always try different settings to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase.

The best Xbox Wireless Headset EQ settings make the best Xbox headsets sound much better and may improve your gaming experience a little more than you thought at first. Unfortunately, the default settings have almost too much bass and tend to blur the important highs and mids. But you don’t want to get rid of all of the bass. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that your settings are right for you.

The Xbox Series X and Series S are designed to make the most of spatial audio. The best Xbox Wireless Headset EQ Settings are meant to improve on the already great sound of next-gen consoles and the slightly less good sound of last-gen consoles, but they are worth playing with.

We prefer DTS Headphone:X on the “balanced” setting because we think it makes the surround sound effect clearer and more real. However, the EQ setting below works just as well for both Dolby Atmos and Windows Sonic. With the Xbox Wireless Headset, you get six months of Dolby Atmos for free. With the DTS Headphone:X, you have to pay once for a license. Both Xbox and PC users can use Windows Sonic for free.

We have to say it again: this EQ setting might not be the best for your ears. Still, it should be a good place to start if you want to find a sound that works for you. We’ll also tell you how the EQ works so you can make the right changes.

Best Xbox Wireless Headset EQ settings


To change the Xbox Wireless Headset EQ, you’ll need to open the Xbox Accessories app, highlight the picture of the Xbox Wireless Headset (which will show up when it’s turned on and connected), and click “Configure.” There are a number of stock EQ settings to choose from, such as Game, Heavy Bass, Movie, Music, and Speech, but we’ll want to make our own.

Be careful when switching between presets after you’ve customized your EQ, because the Xbox Accessories app won’t save your custom profile if you change it back to one of the presets.


Starting with the Music EQ as a base, which sounds the best to us, we’ll want to cut down the low frequencies a lot and make sure the mids and highs are balanced. See the picture below to see how we’ve set things up.

If you’re not sure what the different sliders do, here’s a quick explanation in as few words as possible.

You can think of the 125Hz slider as your bass setting. Adjusting this up or down will make a big difference in how powerful the bass is on the Xbox Wireless Headset. If you turn it all the way up, it can shake your eardrums. Even though it’s great to have a bass that really hits, it can be too loud and drown out the other sounds, so we put it four clicks up from the bottom.

The 250Hz slider makes the sound muddy, but it can also stop the sound from sounding empty or shallow. In this area, the Xbox Wireless Headset has some trouble, because if the 250Hz is too high, it really hurts the sound quality. We found that three clicks from the bottom was the best place to drop.

The 1kHz slider controls the sounds in the middle range. We went down two clicks from the default of 0 because the Xbox Wireless Headset is mostly tuned for low-end frequencies, so it’s best to turn this down a bit.

For the higher frequencies, 4kHz and 8kHz, these take care of the higher-pitched harmonics and make the sound brighter. We spent a lot of time adjusting these two sliders in particular to try to make the highs stand out more, but it often ended up sounding too sharp for our ears. We left the 4kHZ setting at its default value of 0 and moved the 8kHZ setting up by two clicks.

The Xbox Accessories app also has a Bass boost feature, which might not be necessary given how much bass these headphones can produce. But we found that a Bass boost of 2+ helped give the sound a bit more warmth without making everything else hard to hear.


We think this is the best Xbox Wireless Headset EQ setting for all kinds of games. If you play competitive games like Call of Duty: Warzone where hearing every step is important, you should move the sliders for the higher frequencies up a bit and turn off Bass boost completely. But when we used this equalizer, our favorite Xbox Series X games sounded full, lively, and clear.

It’s important to know that if you choose Dolby Atmos, the EQ you choose will be used instead of the custom one in the Xbox Accessories app. This will change the sound, so make sure you choose a flat EQ in the Dolby Atmos app or make other changes to suit your tastes.

Opening Spotify (if you have a subscription) and the Xbox Accessories app at the same time is a great way to fine-tune your EQ settings and, more importantly, hear how the sliders change the sound. Then, as you skip through songs in the Xbox Guide and adjust the different sliders, you can make changes on the fly.

We hope that this Xbox Wireless Headset EQ works for you, but if it doesn’t sound quite right, that’s normal. Everyone hears sound differently, but this should help you find the best Xbox Wireless Headset EQ for you.

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