Hi, I just bought the ASUS Xonar U3 from EggHead as well, and after 13 straight hours (not kidding) of tweaking the EQ settings, I finally perfected the setting for my ears.
I just wanna share with you the EQ I did, since the ATH-M50 has almost similar dark sound signature with my Sennheiser HD202 - II.
I listened to some tracks using both of them before I bought the Senn from our local music store. I preferred the laid-back sound of the Senn, and I had small ears that made the Senn fit as a circum-aural can.|
**Notes on this setting:
I NEVER USE DSP - had to emphasize :D
For music and movies, I disable Dolby Headphone and 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter, unless you want to feel like watching in a cinema complex
For gaming, (I play FPS by the way), I simply enable Dolby Headphone and 7.1 if there are many walls and open space in the game
then under Effects tab, I set Environment Size to either Large or Medium
(tested in Battlefield 3, Tomb Raider 2013, Resident Evil 6)
the EQ setting:
These are some of the tracks I used to calibrate my U3 Equalizer settings, pls. take note that I'm no audiophile, just a guy who loves bass but doesn't want to lose the mids as well
Callum Graham - The Channel
Antoine Dufour - These Moments
Jon Gomm - Passionflower
For Airiness and Echo balance:
Redline Barbershop Quartet - Wonderful Tonight(Youtube)
- yeah I know Youtube only provides stereo audio, but still..
For da Bass:
Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith - La La La
Chase and Status - Time(Queensway Remix)
Madcon - Beggin
Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
The Lonely Island - Jizz in my Pants