After some listening, I find myself doing something I never usually do...EQing the bass UP! On flat EQ, I find the player very honest but very digital, as the music is finely presented but lacking in euphonics. At one point, I wanted to A/B with my trusty D2/B2/Zo combo, which is fantastic especially for female vocals.
Instead, I found an article that mentioned moving the bass knobs up "warms up" the midrange, especially the vocals. On Cowon players, upping the bass was an invitation for cluttered sound and a general no-no, not to mention there was only 5 bands.
While I am still in a trial and error mode, I amazed how much the bass refuses to clutter up the mids. It is actually warming them up, stripping some of that "digital" sound out while retaining that excellent separation and not cluttering the mix. I actually lowered the mids a tad and prefer the results and no hint of clutter.
Right now I seem to be happy with 0/1/2/1/-1/-1/0/0. My test track ATM is Amy Grant "Baby Baby". I never noticed how...um, hot she sounded when she sings "STOP! For a minute"
Edited by GoldfishX - 9/11/13 at 10:18am