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I just got my first pair of non-apple earbud headphones and I am new to changing the equalizer, so I have a question!

 

I was randomly searching on the internet and found this http://www.43folders.com/2007/08/27/perfect-itunes

 

I tried it and it sounded great with my new headphones (Bose QC15 - I know this doesn't have the best audio quality for its money, but the noise canceling is great).

 

But then I saw this posted by DJHeadshot in another thread "Most likely this the same thing happened to my htf600 after playing a very subbass heavy song at max volume while eq over what my preamp cut was set(Don't do this always set preamp at least as the highest db your boosting or lower stuff down instead of up if your equalizer lacks a preamp slider) hear alot of distortion driver then all bass is gone of the left side I just sent them in to get a new one."

 

Does this mean that those perfect settings are actually bad for my headphones? This is what my equalizer currently looks like http://imgur.com/oI0te

post #2 of 8

I would guess it depends on the headphones in the first place and then on the music you are listening to...I just don't touch EQ stuff and I am fine... ^^

post #3 of 8

You're not going to break your headphones with EQ. 

 

That said, you should pre-amp down to make sure nothing goes above 0dB to avoid clipping and distortion. 

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by falmouth View Post

I just got my first pair of non-apple earbud headphones and I am new to changing the equalizer, so I have a question!

 

I was randomly searching on the internet and found this http://www.43folders.com/2007/08/27/perfect-itunes

 

I tried it and it sounded great with my new headphones (Bose QC15 - I know this doesn't have the best audio quality for its money, but the noise canceling is great).

 

But then I saw this posted by DJHeadshot in another thread "Most likely this the same thing happened to my htf600 after playing a very subbass heavy song at max volume while eq over what my preamp cut was set(Don't do this always set preamp at least as the highest db your boosting or lower stuff down instead of up if your equalizer lacks a preamp slider) hear alot of distortion driver then all bass is gone of the left side I just sent them in to get a new one."

 

Does this mean that those perfect settings are actually bad for my headphones? This is what my equalizer currently looks like http://imgur.com/oI0te

I really dont think it matter's too much what your eq setting's look like, I think it's more if you like the sound of what you are hearing, not what your eq setting's look like, so if you like it leave it, you cant ask someone else what YOU like. And there is no perfect setting, every recording is different,

post #5 of 8

If your in doubt, you should always eq by moving the sliders down and not up. It looks like it is not an option with that program, though.

 

Also, no eq setting is generally the best. It depends on what kind of sound you want, and how the headphone is in the first place.


Edited by davidsh - 1/6/13 at 8:11am
post #6 of 8

Never equalize up, only equalize down.

post #7 of 8

This is total malarkey if you ask me

 

These EQ settings are vulnerable to clipping and look like they produce terribly recessed mids and a boosted mid-bass and weak sub-bass

 

Besides, EQ is used to compensate for the shortcomings of your own specific gear or a specific song/album, not something thats good or bad in general

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