Originally Posted by crinacle
It's basically an EQ. Not even an EQ, it's a preset EQ. Which sucks. Big time. And people are paying stacks of doe for it...
While I do hate the EQ function of Beats Audio, I do like everything else about it on my HP and since I canned Windows (running Ubuntu) the "active EQ" program that is Beats Audio went away. What remains is a host of upgrades that include halfway decent speakers (though not as good as my girlfriend's speakers on her HP laptop from before the Beats branding, which only goes to prove that all the design is done in-house at HP), more attention paid to the overall design of the computer (luckily on mine the logos are rather unobtrusive), and a better DAC (which, if you're actually into audio, won't make a difference since one uses and external DAC).
The Beats Audio software, which I tried out before setting my computer free of Microsoft, was neat and was a novelty feature, but did less than a real EQ can do to change the sound and disguised it all in buzz words. In addition, attempting to disable the software permanently trashes the computer's EQ and turns the bass permanantly to zero and the treble permanently to ten to make it sound tinny. That is deceptive advertising if I ever heard of it.