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I love music. In fact, it's a rare occasion that I'm not listening to something as I work, exercise, and just generally go about my day. Unless I'm sleeping, most likely I'll always have some form of music playing. But phones never really have the best sound. It doesn't matter how much a company brags about its onboard sound processors and speakers, phones all sound like phones.
Sure, there are variations on that theme and some devices do sound better than others. But these are small devices with small speakers and cannot match the fidelity of a dedicated stereo.
This is especially true when your favorite listening method is vinyl and you consider yourself an audiophile.
Of course, Android (on Pixel phones) has a little trick up its sleeve to give the audio a bit of a boost.
That trick is called Adaptive Sound. No, it won't make your phone sound like a Transrotor Artus FMD turntable, but it will give it a bit more clarity.
What is Adaptive Sound?
Adaptive Sound uses the mics and sensors on your device to learn the type of environment you're in, so it can then adjust the sound accordingly. The adjustments are made via automatic EQ and do make a considerable difference in the sound you hear.
You might be thinking, "Hold up. My phone will use its mics to listen in on the ambient sound of a room. Isn't that a privacy issue?" That's an understandable concern. However, Google has made it clear that all Adaptive Sound processing is done locally, so there's no need to worry that Google is listening in on you. Android, on the other hand, is listening but doing so to help improve your experience.
One thing to keep in mind is that the changes made by Adaptive Sound may be less noticeable at higher decibel levels. This is all about equalization and how subtle changes can make a big difference in the sound you hear.
Start playing some music and move from environment to environment to see how the change affects the sound you hear. If music is as important to you as it is to me, you'll be happy you enabled the feature.