BEATS by Dr. Dre started making their studio-style headphones and speakers over four years ago, which claim to help listeners actually "hear" music as it was intended by the artists, since commodity headphones and earbuds are known for producing lackluster results.
But you can only go so far with Beats Audio headphones, since your computers and mobile devices weren't built to take advantage of high quality audio equipment.
That's one reason HTC decided to purchase a majority stake in Beats Audio, so they could compete better with other smartphone manufacturers by offering high-quality sound output utilizing the Beats Audio equalizer. The first Beats Audio branded device was the HTC Sensation XE, and was soon followed by the HTC Incredible 4G, HTC One X, and other popular HTC devices.
But why does HTC get all of the fun? At the end of the day, most of the magic is just a nicely tuned audio equalizer preset.
Even if you don't have an expensive set of Beats Audio headphones, earphones, or speakers, installing this mod will still give you crisper, more detailed (and bass heavy) audio output on your Nexus 7.
Best of all, this is totally free. So, let's begin!
You'll need to be rooted with a custom recovery. If not, head over here to get started.
Note: This article was written with Android 4.2 in mind, as 4.3 was not out yet. The app has now been updated to work with 4.3 too. Head over to the original XDA thread for the newer download links that work with 4.3.
Head over to this link on your Nexus 7 tablet running Android 4.2 to download the softmod.
Boot into your custom recovery by powering off your tablet. Then press and hold both the volume down and power button at the same time. Here, I'll be using TWRP as my custom recovery of choice.
- Tap Install
- Tap the ZIP file
- Swipe to Install
- Reboot! That's it!
Now that you've got the Beats Audio software installed on your Nexus 7, you'll need to configure it.
Under Settings, go to Sound -> Music Effects and check Awesome Beats.
It's now enabled! Now go to the Awesome BEATS app and choose your preferred preset depending on what type of music you listen to.
My recommended settings for rap, hip-hop, or pop music:
- BEATS Boost: ENABLED
- Select Effect Strength: EXTREME
- BEATS Equalizer: ENABLED
- Preset: pick your own!
Using your custom recovery, flash this zip file and the soft-mod will be removed. It's that easy.
Give this mod a try and hear the difference now! Let us know what you think below. Did it help your music sound better on your Nexus 7. We want to know!
Dre image by TheGrio