Originally Posted by iXpertMan
I would just like to ask why people complain so much about a headphone or a speaker lacking in bass, mids, treble and/or not a flat frequency curve, when all this problem can be solved by equalising? (at least from what I know)
So what is the problem with equalising and getting a flat frequency curve?
IMO, no problem at all. If one prefers a to hear a recording without the gear emphasizing any frequency range over the other, then equalization can certainly help.
I think Bigshot mentioned in some other thread that most classical music was recorded without any particular emphasis in mind and therefore probably well suited for neutral gear. This may also be the case for well done contemporary recordings. That said, certain recordings may be poorly engineered and heavily colored. One has a few choices: Leave things as they are, buy a different headphone/amp for every occasion, buy better recordings (if available), use the equalizer to "fix" the poorly recorded music (may require a different eq setting for every song though), or remaster the particular problem recordings.
If I really liked a song that was terribly recorded, I would prefer to leave my equipment neutral (through the use of equalization if necessary to correct issues in my equipment - nothing is currently perfect AFAIK.) I would then remaster or correct the problem recordings. I could ask for professional help, or could become an amateur and do it myself (could be fun.) This probably would yield better results as different problem recordings may have different problems.
I would definitively make an effort to buy well performing equipment and not expect the equalizer to make earbuds behave like reference level transducers.
Anyway, those are my thoughts...
Edited by ultrabike - 12/2/12 at 11:19pm