Originally Posted by Love Music
I have the RE-262 also with a j3. I'm quite dissappointed with the sound despite good reviews on it. I will try this and see if sounds good to my ears. One question though what were they adjust to normal, wide, narrow?
Yes, the J3 with NO EQ does sound about as flat as many other players. But there are several types of EQ settings in the J3, and by themselves, the steps are very subtle and clean so that as you add different options together (EQ + BBE + Mach3Bass + Stereo Width, etc, etc), you can create an extremely dynamic sound.
In the EQ section, the Wide/Normal/Narrow means how much of the selected Hz/KHz band you are adjusting bleeds into the surrounding Hz/KHz regions. For example, in the bass region, if you select freq of 80Hz and select width of Narrow, then only 80Hz will be adjusted up/down; Normal will adjust probably (guessing here) then about 75-85Hz (sine curve will be softer); and Wide will affect maybe 65-95 Hz (sine curve is even softer). Again, I'm guessing at the ranges affected, but you get the idea.
Bottom line, no one can tell you what is the "right" or "wrong" setting -- it all depends on your ears/brain and the earphones you are using. My Ety ER-4P is a flat earphone that easily goes very bright. So I EQ in some bass, keep the treble fairly flat, bump up the BBE some, and bump up the Mach3Bass to about 6 or so. That makes my ER-4P sound pretty bassy, good deep bass. And the best part is that even if you go toward extreme settings, the J3 does not distort the sound at all -- super clean!