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Do EQ settings give illusion of sounding great, but only loud?

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For electronic music with EQ settings on ipod straight to HD600s, I find you almost dont need an amp. Im amazed how little the difference is with EQ settings vs my desktop amp, the ipod seems to do a pretty good job with Equlizer Pro app. Although with movie soundtracks or older 80's music it really needs an amp. So do slight EQ settings give illusion of sounding great, but only offer distortion?


Edited by Ghaunty22 - 11/9/12 at 3:02am
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For electronic music with EQ settings on ipod straight to HD600s, I find you almost dont need an amp. Im amazed how little the difference is with EQ settings vs my desktop amp, the ipod seems to do a pretty good job with Equlizer Pro app. Although with movie soundtracks or older 80's music it really needs an amp. So do slight EQ settings give illusion of sounding great, but only offer distortion?


Well you already answered your question. You said on older music you need an amp while on newer music not so much. This is due to the volume war which in turn has also contributed to ruining music. Too loud of volumes and not enough dynamics in today's current music is the problem. EQ can help to fix the flaws of your player or headphones but I just see it as a band-aid and not a real solution. Actually on my current rigs I don't use EQ at all and I've never been happier. The sound sounds as it should to my ears and I don't have to fuss around with EQ to get my desired sound. For me having to use EQ took away from my musical enjoyment. I see it as if your gear needs to be EQ'd then the gear isn't up to par and needs to go. But this is just my opinion. :) I use to even think otherwise before because I wanted to deal with the compromises but in the end I figured out that it's not really worth it and the grass is greener on the other side. smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by lee730 - 11/9/12 at 4:05am
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Equalisation always degrades sound quality. What I dislike is when a media player is supposed to be on flat (no eq) but is still altering the sound. The internal circuitry of a player might also introduce equalisation thereby lowering the sound quality before the user further degrades it. 'Audiophile' grade media players like the Cowon S9 have so many eq options it is a wonder anyone gave it that tag. I find Apple equalisations lower the volume as well as the quality so I never use them. Which player are you using with your HD600s?
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When abused to jack up the volume it can do so. But proper usage enhances ones listening experience. Saying it degrades or distorts straight out is a fallacy. Properly adjusted an eq is a useful enhancement.

 

 

 

Becides, are you foolish enough to believe the music you listen to isn't equalized or somewhat modified by a person/s other than the artists? Music is meant to be enjoyed - eq if it makes it sound better to your ears.


Edited by tds101 - 11/11/12 at 12:40pm
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Although with movie soundtracks or older 80's music it really needs an amp.

 

I've found the same with many movie soundtracks and with music whose producers are engaged in the "loudness wars".

 

Originally Posted by Ghaunty22 View Post

 So do slight EQ settings give illusion of sounding great, but only offer distortion?

 

Technically, adding EQ (probably) meets the definition of distortion. But so what?

 

It's the listener who gets to decide if it sounds great. If it does, then I say do it!

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