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post #31 of 35
Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

Yes, maybe you like ketchup. But it's covering up what the chef created for you. 


Agreed 100%, but as you said some folks like ketchup.

We can view it as a waste of what was originally offered but at the end of the day it's the satisfaction of the consumer that matters. A good case in point is a family member of mine that loves music almost as much as I do, but they don't invest in anything that would be remotely considered high end for listening. I did a blind test many years ago trying to prove that I wasn't nuts for preferring certain cables over others (at the time Copper vs Silver vs. Carbon Fiber). They could hear a clear difference just as I could but they preferred the cheap out-of-box vanilla copper cables. I could argue how the silver had much better high end and clarity (though too much for me), or the carbon fiber was tighter and more neutral (imho) but the thing is for the aspects I knew they liked in most music types that didn't matter. Yes the cheaper cables subtley filtered the audio, to me lowered the quality, but it was in a way that was closer to what they appreciated. At the end of the day they enjoyed listening to the tracks as much as I did, just for different reasons. 

Now we can argue the quality of EQ, Linear Phase and so on, but that's just the means to an end. If you use EQ to achieve a sound you prefer over non then don't let that little voice of doubt destroy your listening experience. Yes it's muddying it sonically, no it's not what the source intended, but it's yours now and your ears are king.


BTW I'm kinda playing devil's advocate here. I don't process audio on my main listening rig at home, all colorisation is from the physical components in the mix and not logical meddling.

But on my PMP I do make use of EQ and BBE to make the sound more enjoyable in non-pristene listening environments.

post #32 of 35
You don't need high end equipment or fancy cables to get accurate sound. Your family member probably is better at discerning accurate sound reproduction than you are. If you like imbalanced sound that's fine for you though.

For me, accuracy is important. I listen to a lot of acoustic music... classical and jazz. I don't want an upright bass to sound like an electric bass, and I don't want the strings in an orchestra to sound all mushed together like a synthesizer. I want an orchestra to sound like it's sitting right there in front of me. I want a piano to sound like it's in the room. My goal is naturalism.

Not easy to accomplish, but not as expensive as chasing random coloration with different combinations of imbalanced high end equipment.

Edited by bigshot - 8/29/13 at 1:35pm
post #33 of 35

Okay, bowing out now since this has degraded from an interesting debate to some baseless/weak assumptions. It's easy to believe someone who doesn't agree with you 100% hasn't a clue, it must make your life very easy, so best of luck in your bubble.

post #34 of 35
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post #35 of 35

Depending on where/how you listen, the acoustic space you're in can also unbalance the music--every location outside an anechoic chamber has its resonances. I've never gotten as deeply serious about this as it's possible to do with the right equipment, but as just a simple example, you can use an EQ judiciously to partically correct for a boomy room resonance that happens to focus right on your easy chair. Of course, if you're determined never to move that chair then you should start looking at room treatments, but audio equipment can also play a role, moving you closer to the mastering engineer's intent, instead of further away.


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