Originally Posted by blueangel2323
If you have a hi-fi system that costs six figures, it probably doesn't need EQ cuz it's about as perfect as it gets lol. You don't use EQ to alter the sound balance of the original recording - you use it to compensate for colourations, lack of extension, and other deviations from neutrality that you get with lesser gear so that you can hear the original recording more accurately. [...]
Actually, just about all recordings are being processed in the studio using equalizers, compressors, or whatnot so the result sounds "right" to the person who is doing the mastering (which does not necessarily equate the wish of the artist, if the latter cares about it at all). Because of this there is no "pure", unaltered sound that you could spoil by using an equalizer. In some cases, it is even possible to achieve a more natural sound by using an EQ - for example, if a recording has been mastered with strongly boosted bass, reducing it by EQ can actually improve it.
In the end, if it sounds good to the listener, it is good, with or without equalizer.
That being said, I've never felt the need to equalize my HD600, even though I've tried it.
Originally Posted by hentai
If you need to eq a system for it to sound good then it is not a good system.
Nonsense (see above).
Originally Posted by vid
You may misuse EQ and you may tune drunk or at random, both cases probably producing substandard results, but you wouldn't look at the results then and say that tuning and EQ should be avoided.
Very true! Equalizing should be done in small measures, too large alterations can quickly spoil the result. If it's done right, there should be no audible degradations in sound.