This brief presents an adaptive continuous-time linear equalizer (CTLE) and one-tap decision feedback equalizer (DFE) using the spectrum balancing (SB) method. The SB method is extended for not only CTLE but also DFE with the aid of gain characteristics of one-tap DFE. Thus, adaptation loops for each equalizer type are merged to a single loop. As a result, the complexity and power consumption of the adaptation circuits are reduced significantly. The test chip consumes 34.2 mW from 1.2 V supply with 65-nm CMOS process.