Hi Alexander, I didn't mean it agressively and I'm glad you didn't it as such. Tbh, the drastic EQ curves you used to show on the forum really kill the SQ...EQ should only occur for room correction(walls resonances for instance) or middle ear resonances.
A proper DAC is supposed to sound neutral and flat. I wouldn't say that a drastic EQ improves PRaT, all it does is boost/make some frequencies resonate. PRaT is about having speakers/headphones/opamps/gear w/ a very percussive/tight sound. Anyway, yes bang for bucks is huge on most $150 soundcards, no doubt about it...but a proper external DAC galvanically isolated from the computer on an uber-low ripple PSU will allow you to hear far more tiny details. You can get drunk w/ beer, but it's just more pleasant w/ Champagne
a V shaped EQ can be fun, like those "loudness" buttons...but this is not HiFi and it does kill the SQ. Headphones like the D2000 are very famous, when they actually have very recessed mids....yet, some ppl hype them to death as if they were giant killers
Edited by leeperry - 6/20/10 at 11:43am