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How do I tune Treble/Bass on studio monitor speakers? (equalizer)

post #1 of 8
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Hiya.

 

I just got a pair of ADAM A5X for my PC system. While the stock sound is pretty freaking awesome, I often like to tune up Bass or Treble up or down a bit on different albums i listen to.

 

I use VLC Player / Winamp to play music but their software EQ settings are pretty complicated (70 / 180 / 320 / 600 etc etc).

 

What's the easiest way to tune up/down bass and treble on Monitor speaker?

post #2 of 8
Have you seen this for Winamp?
http://blog.winamp.com/2010/08/09/how-to-use-the-equalizer/

For bass boost, try adjusting the 70hz (far left). For treble boost, try the 12K, 14K, and 16K.

Just experiment. You'll quickly figure out how to adjust the sound the way you want.

One tip: decrease the pre setting on the far left by whatever the highest boost amount is.
post #3 of 8

Why would you want to do that?  Monitors are meant to be "truthful" along every sonic dimension, down to about 45-55 Hz, depending on their size. (Much bigger ones, like the Harbeth 40s, go deeper)  If you want to listen to bass, get a truthful subwoofer.

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Originally Posted by Frihed89 View Post

Why would you want to do that?  Monitors are meant to be "truthful" along every sonic dimension, down to about 45-55 Hz, depending on their size. (Much bigger ones, like the Harbeth 40s, go deeper)  If you want to listen to bass, get a truthful subwoofer.

I understand that Monitor Speakers are designed for people who work with music, where getting original, reference sound is crucial.

 

I do not work with music, I just need quality sound for my PC.  And sometimes when listening to my fav music I enjoy some tracks more with extra bass or extra treble, or vise versa, etc. It's just personal preference and I want to be able to adjust the sound to my liking.

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And sometimes when listening to my fav music I enjoy some tracks more with extra bass or extra treble, or vise versa, etc. It's just personal preference and I want to be able to adjust the sound to my liking.

I understand. My speakers have a neutral response, and I still like to tweak the sound a little depending on the music. Besides, even if speakers have a flat native response, room acoustics can change that, although the effects are typically less significant in nearfield usage.
post #6 of 8

It would help if we knew how you currently connect your sources to the ADAMs?

 

There has been previous mention on these forums of how consumers are keen to purchase near field active mnitors but neglect to budget for a proper audio interface with which they are designed to be used.

 

The usual solution to your problem is to make use of the EQ/effects abilities of a mixer between your source and loudspeakers/headphones. 

 

You can buy quite inexpensive 2 or 3 channel hardware mixers with basic low/mid/high EQ. These are quite handy as they have easy to use knobs and switches close at hand. Some of them also have a built in USB DAC. Prices start at ~$100.

 

Alternatively you can use the effects facilities in a software mixer. Pro and semi pro audio interfaces usually come with an extensive suite of effects. My MOTU has something called Cuemix which offers easy to use 7 band parametric EQ, 2 compressors and reverb on all input, output and mix channels. RME and Focusrite - and probably most others - offer something similar. Pretty comprehensive and you can save fovourite presets. However they are less convienient to use (unless you get a MIDI control surface).

 

On the road I use an NI Audio 2 interface wich is very good value @ $100 for 2 separate stereo channels out but doesn't have an effects package. Instead you get a "free" copy of Traktor. Which you can use as a simple media player if you like - with almost infinite EQ and effects possiblities.

 

If you don't want to spend any more money at all look for a freeware package that meets your needs. Foobar has decent EQ and effects built in and there are some well liked 3rd party add on components which get quite sophisticated.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply.

 

I connect my A5X to a mediocre USB DAC (Creative Sound Blaster USB HD)

I use RCA cable for connection.

For now I use software equalizers that come with various players.

 

I would love a hardware solution I don't really like to many components taking up space.

post #8 of 8

Your sound card came with something called THX TruStudio Pro. If you didn't install it don't worry. It's a free download anyway.

 

The THX TruStudio Pro Speaker app looks like it might suit you. Have a play with the otthers too.

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