The Groove app is the default music app on Windows 10. It’s a basic app that lets you queue songs, create playlists, and supports the mini player that Microsoft added a while back. What it’s been missing for a while is an equalizer which was added in 10.18091.1032.0. If you look closely at the version number you will notice that it was added with Windows 10 1809 which, at present is still a problematic update with bugs. If you have managed to update to the new version, and it’s working, without removing your audio drivers, you may want to know how you can manage equalizer settings in Groove.
The equalizer is rather hidden in Groove as though Microsoft were ashamed of it. Perhaps it has a few bugs waiting to crop up but if you like the app, the equalizer is worth trying out.
Equalizer Settings In Groove
Open Groove and click the cog wheel button at the bottom left.
On the Settings screen, look under Playback and you will see an Equalizer option.
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The Groove Equalizer has presets for laptops, portable speakers, home stereo systems, TV, and Car among other things. It also has presets for treble and bass boost but it’s obvious that the equalizer is more focused on the audio output device type rather than the type of music it’s playing which is the norm for equalizer settings.
You can manually change the equalizer settings and it’s more user friendly than you would expect. For example, instead of giving you the frequencies you can change, you get low, mid low, mid, mid high, and high frequencies to manage.
There doesn’t seem to be a dedicated preset for Bluetooth devices which normally do not play audio well on Windows 10 systems unless the right driver is installed.
You might wonder why the Groove music app has a Car setting since you’re highly unlikely to take your laptop or even your tablet and hook it up to your car to play music. It’s meant for Windows 10 mobile. The Groove app also works on the mobile version of Windows 10 and if you were to examine its package name, you will find that it’s still called Zune which was the name of the original music player on older Windows phones.
You can use any of the equalizer presets regardless if you’ve connected it to the device it’s meant to be used with. At the end of the day, all that matters is that the music you play sounds good.