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Although the Denon PerL Pro earbuds have become my baseline for how earbuds should sound, the Pixel Buds Pro are certainly no slouches. And with a slight tweak, the Pixel Buds Pro earbuds come very close to the Denons. If your phone is of the Pixel variety, this tweak is built-in and quite simple to complete.
That's right, unlike many other earbuds -- that require the installation of an app from the Google Play Store to adjust the sound -- the Pixel Buds Pro do not require you to install anything. In fact, even connecting the Pixel Buds Pro to a Pixel phone is as simple as taking the buds out of the case and Android takes care of the rest. Google has done a remarkable job with connectivity for this hardware.
But what about those tweaks to sound that I mentioned? The only significant issue is that locating the custom EQ option isn't exactly intuitive. Once you've connected the Pixel Buds Pro to your phone, you won't find a launcher in the App Drawer named "Pixel Buds" because there is no app.
Instead, everything you need is built into Settings. Let me show you where.
How to adjust Pixel Buds Pro EQ
What you'll need: To make this tweak work, you'll need a pair of Pixel Buds Pro paired with a Pixel phone. That's it. Let's make those Buds sound great.
1. Connect your earbuds
The first thing you'll want to do is pull your Pixel Buds Pro earbuds out of their case, insert them into your ears, and make sure they're connected to your Pixel phone.
2. Open Settings
Once you've connected the earbuds, pull down your Notification Shade twice and tap the gear icon near the bottom-right corner.
3. Go to Connected devices
In Settings, tap Connected devices.
4. Open your Pixel Buds Pro option
In the Connected Devices page, tap the gear icon associated with your Pixel Buds Pro.
5. Open the Sound option
You'll find a number of entries on the next page, one of which is labeled Sound. Tap that entry.
6. Access the Custom EQ option
On the resulting page, you'll find a number of predefined EQ options.
To customize your own EQ, tap the gear icon associated with Equalizer (EQ).
7. Adjust the EQ to meet your taste
Finally, make sure to have some music playing through your Pixel Buds Pro, so you can adjust the EQ to perfectly match your taste. Do this by changing the sliders for Upper Treble, Treble, Mid, Bass, and Low Bass as needed.