Originally Posted by SovonHalder
Simple EQ'ing can't make them sound better, it can only make sound less poor(to you).
Frequency response is one of the most important aspects of sound quality. Even if you have just a 3-band graphic EQ (bass, mids, highs), you can make some headphones sound better.
That's why many audiophiles use flat settings & depend upon the sound signature of high end headphones
I think the main reason is fear and uncertainty what's going on.
. . besides eq power differs from device to device. so it's better to depend on the sound signature of a headphone.that same pair of cans can sound terrible on some device where you aren't able to EQ.
More FUD. The OP was referring specifically to devices with "powerful" EQs. It doesn't seem he's forced to switch to inferior devices.
Originally Posted by jaddie
So I looked up response measurements of the D-770 and the RE-262. Guess what? At several points in frequency response they are more than 10dB apart, at one point (6KHz) they are almost 20dB apart! So much for good headphones being similar. In fact, the OP noticed he likes a bit of bass boost on the RE-262. Turns out, they're fairly flat at the bass end, but the D-770 are not...pretty huge upward bump at 100Hz, and another at 35Hz. Yes, you'd need about 8dB more bass with the RE-262 to make them sound like that.
You gotta keep in mind that he also boosts the mids on the DT-770. He'd probably also need to cut the treble of the DT770 a bit etc.. no, they won't sound the same but way more similar than before.
I will agree that it's best to start with good phones that sound less colored (all are colored, though...even the "good" ones), and tweak at will. Sort of like getting better, more predictable color when painting on a whiter canvas. None are ever flat, even if you ignore the required bass boost. Looking at two extremely high-end headphones, they too are apart by 10dB at some points on the graph.
Agreed, but expensive != high-end != less colored.