Just got into this audiophile business. Am wondering why is it music that is not EQed i.,e. no EQ or Flat EQ on PCs sound so muddy with all frequencies sounding like that.
This happens on my laptop's onboard, but also happens with my desktop Xonar DG or Creative Soundblaster X-fi HD USB.
Once I set the EQ to something a little more V shapped, (something akin to the Powerful EQ setting of Realtek's Audio drivers, the sound seems to drastically improve and the muddiness is gone.
I use Creative T3 speakers, or Sennheiser IE 80s or HD558s and the same happens for all this equipment.
The IE80s on my iPhone iwth EQ set to off sounds nothing like this, there is no muddiness in the music at any frequency.
So when audiophiles say don't set EQ so you will be true to the source material...how can you bear with that muddy sound? or is it just me? or is it just a PC thing?
Some insight into this phenomenon would be great.