I find the overall sound very bass heavy.....anyone else?



  • @mig I actually liked the Spark a little better but I could probably equal the PR more to my liking. I have no problem with my Spark tones. I notice you have them both on a table out in the open. My Spark is not backed against a wall or in a corner, about a foot and a half out. I think it was discussed early on some complaining about too bassy had them low and backed against walls.



  • After using it for a month or so, I've noticed that the tones when playing the guitar are fine. You can adjust the bass, mid and treble and get a great sound. The problem for me comes in when playing music through the Spark, which sounds horrible and muddy. Others have mentioned this so I'm late to the party on this one, but using an equalizer app on your phone totally solves this issue. You can tone down the muddy bass and bump up the high frequencies and it sounds great. (Disclaimer, I replaced the speakers and added some speaker batting internally) But I'm guessing the biggest bang for you buck to fix the muddy, bass heavy sound on an unmodified Spark is just to use an EQ app on your phone. Seems to me like the devs could fix this issue so maybe they will at some point. Until then, an easy solution to get a nice sound is just an EQ app to tone down the lows and boost the highs. I'm VERY happy with the sound now.

    Edit: Forgot to mention the app I'm using on Android is called "Bass Boost". Based on the issue I was having with excessive bass, I was leery about trying it, but it does have a simple standard EQ and you can turn off the bass boost. Also, when you get it sounding good via the speakers using an EQ, be prepared to turn the EQ back off when using head phones. There's no consistency between the speakers and the headphone out jack at all. What sounds good on one, sounds horrible on the other.



  • Here's another observation that I am just noticing. when using the Spark as a USB speaker for my PC, the first time I use it, the sound if very muddy/bass heavy. But then if I don't send any sound to the Spark for a little while (not sure how long) and then send some sound to it, the sound is completely different. The muddy/bass heavy sound is gone and the sound is much cleaner. This seems like a bug to me so I'll create a support ticket on it. It's possible that when sending sound via bluetooth, the sound never get reinitialized and maintains the bass heavy setting the entire time. I suppose this could be an issue with certain units only, but this seems more like a firmware issue than a hardware issue to me.



  • @cbrandst said in I find the overall sound very bass heavy.....anyone else?:

    Here's another observation that I am just noticing. when using the Spark as a USB speaker for my PC, the first time I use it, the sound if very muddy/bass heavy. But then if I don't send any sound to the Spark for a little while (not sure how long) and then send some sound to it, the sound is completely different. The muddy/bass heavy sound is gone and the sound is much cleaner. This seems like a bug to me so I'll create a support ticket on it. It's possible that when sending sound via bluetooth, the sound never get reinitialized and maintains the bass heavy setting the entire time. I suppose this could be an issue with certain units only, but this seems more like a firmware issue than a hardware issue to me.

    I’ve had an instance where I went into Bluetooth settings and hit forget my Bluetooth connection (to the Spark). After that there seemed to be much less bass. Everything sounded great. I assumed as long as I didn’t make that Bluetooth connection I would be golden, but the next time I used the amp, the heavy bass was back. Started to think maybe it was my imagination, but it could be related to what you are saying.



  • @stinger0625 Yea I think placement is important. Most of the YouTube reviews I watched had it sitting out on a chair or desk and point at the person. I sit just a little offset from mine at ear level and have no problem with the sound or eq'ing it. Maybe everyone should check the settings on the phones or tablets and make sure they don't have the bass eq'd up or the bass enhancements on.



  • @stinger0625 I agree that placement is important, but there is a CLEAR difference in the bass that's being output from one example to the other. I'm not sure why, but I noticed it most when listening to a youtube video with a guy that had a deeper than average voice. It was so bass heavy at first that the guy was difficult to hear in some instances, but after I paused for 30 seconds to a minute and then hit play, it magically cleared up. I replicated that scenario twice by rebooting and starting over. There's something wrong with the firmware. I'm pretty convinced of that.



  • @cbrandst be sure to report your findings, in as much detail as you can provide, through the Contact Support link at the top of this page. The more the developers know about specific instances of problems, the better they will be able to improve things.



  • I've been using a third party EQ app to reduce the bass on streamed backing tracks and jam tracks, and streaming audio: Music Volume EQ on Google play - not sure about the App Store... but this solved the problem for me. Hope that helps. *it's the only app I found that had saves for presets and also was stable and worked with bluetooth streaming audio. They need to build an eq into the Spark app for streaming content.



  • They need to build an eq into the Spark app for streaming content.

    Yes, exactly ... and that would seem trivial given the eq pedals they already have built in.



  • The amp seems "pre scooped" as it if was just designed for shredders. There is very little in the high midrange - which makes it tough to get a real good crunchy style tone.

    Lack of tweeters should not be an issue. Smaller speakers typically reproduce "highs" better than "lows" anyway. Plus since this was designed to play music via Bluetooth, they likely chose a fairly "full range flat response" speaker, and rely on digital modeling to get the guitar to sound good in it's frequency ranges.

    I really think this issue must be due to some internal EQ-ing going on. If they would simply provide some access to the EQ I really think we'd be able to solve this issue.

    If somebody on the forum has a scope and a white noise generator we could diagnose this.