EQ is a must, if people don't want to use it they can turn it off, EQ's not only make up for issues with headphones, they can help with bad recordings or recordings remastered as of late with issue of it's own. There is also the issue of a users may like certain freq's to be bumped up a little.
You can like high end components and still have a personal preference for something a little more tailored to your personal tastes.I have high end equipment at home upwards of 20,000$ worth of very good gear but that still doesn't mean I want a flat boring sound coming out of it, some of us enjoy HI-FI but want to enjoy it the way we want it to sound not someone else.
No EQ no buy, after dealing and being stuck with the preset EQ's of the Zune's for years I'm never going back after getting an SFLO:2 which has a custom EQ. No matter how good something sounds I will ALWAYS want to adjust it to my preference because I'm the one listening to it.
EQ's are pretty easily to implement in firmware these days there is no reason to skimp out on this important feature
Edited by swanlee - 6/19/10 at 8:46am