The Xbox Wireless Headset is a phenomenal piece of tech. In our review, we praised the headset’s functionality and versatility. Especially the fact that you can use Discord while gaming on Xbox with the headset. However, we did note that the sound quality is a weak point of the headset. Luckily, that can easily be fixed.
Tinkering to No End
Like many of you, I’ve been there. I have scoured the internet trying to find the perfect equalizer and balance for the Xbox Wireless Headset. I stalked Reddit and tried various equalizer settings. Some of them literally sounded hollow like I was listening from inside a tin can.
I also looked at different websites from critics in order to fine-tune the sound experience. But it didn’t do it for me. I even tried the Dolby Atmos free trial that comes with the headset. That was a decent option, but again, I let other people’s EQ suggestions in Dolby Atmos better cloud my own judgment and preference. That’s when I had enough.
Keep it Simple Stupid
Like I wrote in the review, audio is very subjective. I try to follow the KISS mantra of “keep it simple stupid” in many aspects of life. This also applied to finding the best sound settings for the Xbox Wireless Headset.
Frustrated with all the tinkering, I decided to go into the Xbox’s system settings. Under the audio options, I noticed the Windows Sonic for Headphones option and was intrigued. Windows 10 also has the same option and I use it regularly on my PC.
Windows Sonic for Headphone is Microsoft’s own spatial sound solution. Unlike, Atmos or DTS, it doesn’t need specific hardware to work. Instead, Windows Sonic for Headphones relies on software and virtual means to function.
Best Sound Settings for the Xbox Wireless Headset
After turning on the Windows Sonic for Headphones option, a prompt advised to also remove any additional effects to make full use of the software. I turned down the bass enhancer to zero and left it at the default “Gaming” EQ in the Xbox Accessories app.
To my surprise, the sound quality was overall decent to good. It wasn’t mind-blowing, but it was good enough. Remember these are $99.99 MSRP headphones. But after turning on Windows Sonic for Headphones, the sound quality was a lot more consistent and was more to my liking.
Again, audio is subjective. But the fact that turning on Windows Sonic for Headphones brought me peace of mind was good enough for me. Gone are the days of tinkering with different EQ settings and I could just enjoy my Xbox Wireless Headphones.
Did you try the Windows Sonic for Headphones on your Xbox Wireless Headset? How do you feel about the sound quality? Let us know in the comment section below.