Originally Posted by Head Injury
Price doesn't determine whether you should use EQ or not, no headphone is perfect. In fact, well-engineered flagships like the HD800 are the ones that benefit most from EQ; distortion and resonance should already be as low as possible, and the headphone should be able to cleanly reproduce every frequency at any volume, so it's just a matter of tweaking the response to your needs.
I've never heard distortion from an EQ. Just EQ down instead of up or lower overall digital volume so EQing up doesn't clip. As long as the EQ is doing its calculations in 24 bits or more and doesn't have any phase problems, it should be transparent.
I use Graphic EQ for foobar2000. 31 bands (1/3 octave each) for fine tuning. There are some free parametric EQs like Electri-Q if you want even more fine-tuning, but you need to use a VST plugin. I'm unaware of any parametric EQs that work natively.
What player do you use?
Foobar. I didn't know until now that eq-ing can be so amazing. this makes me wonder if i can get something like this for android.
Just eq-ed my sennheiser ie8 to sound exactly like my ultrasone dj one pro... it is amazing. they stil lack some of the soundstage, but the difference is like 5% or less.
from today on, i am going to use eq for everything!..If i can ask, can you recommend me an eq that would work with stock android?..
Also, if you will not be mad at me for asking, a very good eq that would work with windows, i mean eq all sounds coming from windows to my DAC would be amazing if you could point me to the right way.
I tried basic linux eq, creative drivers, with their DACS, and some other, but all added some distortions. graphic for foobar doesn't add any distortion, so it is a very very nice thing to have, but i wish i could use it with vlc and other programs as well [for video purposes]
Edited by Dobrescu George - 11/23/14 at 1:20pm