I've always been averse to EQ for apparently purist reasons, but I must admit that even with a good 20 years interest in hifi and sound reproduction, some of the arguments being put forward here are making me reconsider this and give it a try. After all, I EQ a fair bit when producing my own music and tailoring recordings I make, just like every other record that has been through its relevant processes. I just don't like the idea of getting bogged down with the technicalities of it all at the expense of enjoying the music. Also, EQ'ing would only be relevant to when I'm listening through my PC and not my portable rigs/separates hifi setup, so this may introduce more inconsistencies across my listening experiences than I may want. Great discussion though, people.
Hey, Matt. If you're truly a purist, I think that's all the more reason to use EQ. Recall my statement that peaks and dips are unintended artifacts of manufacturers' designs. I think exceptions are rare. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the very engineers of the headphones they designed would listen to them with EQ turned on. Also, if you're the kind of purist who insist upon following a specific compensation curve as closely as possible, EQing will also help you profoundly in this regard. I agree about the change going from desktop to portable. I will always prefer the sound from my Asgard 2 connected to a computer, but when on-the-go, I'm really not a finicky as I'm not critically listening (I do a lot of cycling and walking in traffic with IEMs in my ears).
"I just don't like the idea of getting bogged down with the technicalities of it all at the expense of enjoying the music." Oh boy, I was definitely in the same boat when I first started out. One day, when I have the time and impetus, I will write up a guide. At least one already exists, but I want to contribute my perspective with regard to compensation curves and loudness sensitivity of human hearing. It's unfortunately true that in the beginning it will seem like a flood of technicalities that you have to contend with. For me, it was definitely one of those things where it's like an odyssey; full of adventure but trials and dangers - hopes and heartaches. However, this was mostly due to a lack of guides. Once you've gotten the entire skillset and decided on an EQ setting for each pair of headphones, though, you can just sit back and let yourself get lost in the music, never against needing to think about the technicalities of your system. Since 4 days ago, I haven't even touched my current setting for the HE-400. It's done, and once the music is on, I don't even think about it.