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Westone ES-5: Chasing Neutral Eq settings - UPDATED 6.26.14

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NEW SETTINGS 6.12.14

 

as of 6.26.14 I've been have kept these settings, and have been very pleased.  Of course the low shelf bass setting is probably the most "personal preference" type setting.  You just never know how people will feel about bass in particular, and bass levels can vary greatly depending on the type of music you listen to. 

 

One thing I've noticed about these headphones is that the 200hz setting is the most crucial to a more balanced sound.  This mid bass hump causes some muddying of the overall frequency response. 

However, depending on the type of music you listen to, you may never hear it.  For example, if you really want to hear it try listening to something like Dave Matthews Band - before these crowded streets - stay.   I like this track because it is very busy.  It has male and female vocals, violin, saxophone, a plethora of drums and cymbals, a busy bass line and so on.  Its easy to hear things getting muddied up, and easier to hear the difference with my eq settings on a track like this.  

 

Even if all you do lower the 200hz frequency, it will make the biggest difference.   Frankly i can see why many people don't use EQ with these headphones.  Again, depending on the type of music you listen to, you may not hear much to complain about, and even with my settings you may not hear a great difference.   

 

 

 

      60 Hz  Gain     2.0 dB      Q  3.5

    120 Hz  Gain     2.0 dB      (this is a low shelf setting, hence no Q)

    200 Hz  Gain    -4.0 dB      Q  0.4
  1450 Hz  Gain    -2.0 dB      Q  2.0
  3000 Hz  Gain     2.5 dB      Q  2.9
  4500 Hz  Gain     2.0 dB      Q  4.8   
  7400 Hz  Gain     1.5 dB      Q  4.8   
12000 Hz  Gain    -3.0 dB      Q  1.4   

 

 

 

If you want to translate these settings into any other EQ format, here is a site that converts Q to Octave.


Edited by Br777 - 6/25/14 at 9:49pm
post #2 of 39
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nobody's tried this eh?

post #3 of 39
How about posting up a before and after...

Jim
post #4 of 39
What are the rest of your settings at on the rockboxed clil zip? Im getting better results with the eq turned off.
post #5 of 39
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everything else is turned off. i only use the eq to adjust the sound.. and i use the precut function to make sure nothing clips

post #6 of 39

Some clarification needed - does the 7,4,2,1,7 represent the Q values of each peak respectively?

 

If so, I found the sound of the curve fun but it compressed the sound stage quite a bit and colored the sound.  I shall try late on my rockbox give you my impressions on that device.

 

 

Here are some settings I have been using recently that I feel opens up the sound more, and is a little closer to neutral to my ears.

 

  Frequency (Hz) Gain (dB) Q
Peak 1 146 -2.50 0.50
Peak 2 3150 +2.00 2.42
Peak 3 4465 +2.80 8.50
Peak 4 5800 -1.50 5.50
Peak 5 7180 +3.00 7.70

 

post #7 of 39
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yes, those are the q's although with the funky way the q numbering goes on my clip zip there may be some numbers that repeat as you scroll through..

 

i'lll try yours , i'm curious to see someone else's opinion on this.

 

thanks!

post #8 of 39
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zalken View Post
Here are some settings I have been using recently that I feel opens up the sound more, and is a little closer to neutral to my ears.

 

  Frequency (Hz) Gain (dB) Q
Peak 1 146 -2.50 0.50
Peak 2 3150 +2.00 2.42
Peak 3 4465 +2.80 8.50
Peak 4 5800 -1.50 5.50
Peak 5 7180 +3.00 7.70

 

what equalizer are you using to get these settings?

 

it cant be rockbox, or easy-q

post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by Zalken View Post

Some clarification needed - does the 7,4,2,1,7 represent the Q values of each peak respectively?

 

If so, I found the sound of the curve fun but it compressed the sound stage quite a bit and colored the sound.  I shall try late on my rockbox give you my impressions on that device.

 

 

Here are some settings I have been using recently that I feel opens up the sound more, and is a little closer to neutral to my ears.

 

  Frequency (Hz) Gain (dB) Q
Peak 1 146 -2.50 0.50
Peak 2 3150 +2.00 2.42
Peak 3 4465 +2.80 8.50
Peak 4 5800 -1.50 5.50
Peak 5 7180 +3.00 7.70

 

i'm not following your q settings question.. yes, they are the q for the rockbox settings.  but then it sounds like you say you tried it, but yet you say you will try it on rockbox later.   If you tried those settings on a non rockbox eq they will not be the same, b/c q settings differ from eq to eq.  their values are not universal across eq's

 

thats the same reason i asked you what your eq settings in your chart above are for - easy q and rockbox dont have ranges that would allow such settings in their q sections.   not to mention rockbox wouldnt allow numbers that werent factors of 10 in its frequency selector

post #10 of 39

I'm using Fab-Filter Pro-Q with Foobar 2k

 

Also the 7180 Hz entry should have a gain of 1.5, not 3.0 (a typo)

post #11 of 39
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ok, so just understand that using the q settings from my rockbox settings wont work for your eq.

 

if you have a screen shot of your curve, i'd love to see it.

 

thanks

post #12 of 39
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the OP has been completely re-written to reflect a true neutral EQ curve thanks to the accudio app by golden ears, and some time i took to replicate their work on other eq platforms.


Edited by Br777 - 1/7/13 at 10:56pm
post #13 of 39

im new with the whole Equalizing thing,and i couldent find any Accudio EQ setting for RE-262,i know the IEM itself is a colored sound one but if anyone could share a Screenshot of his Curve i would be greatful.

post #14 of 39
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refined easy-q settings.   much closer now

 

new rockbox settings coming soon.

post #15 of 39
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yet again refinements... especially on rockbox.. much better now since i got a sescom a/b switch box which allowed me to switch back and forth between accudio and rockbox with no delay.

 

anyone who says they can compare two sounds of .. anything.. without zero delay a/b switching is a lunatic.. there, I said it....   biggrin.gif

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