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I know that EQ'ing in general is a weird subject for people.


It seems like for the most part, you either do it or don't do it.  Kind of a "on or off" decision by a lot of people.


Personally, I am a tweaker.. thus I will sometimes EQ among other things for hours - call it "fun" - and sometimes I like everything just the way it is.


If I had to choose one way, it would be to not EQ as it seems like a sort of artificial process in your chain of audio and I would think if you wanted a different sound, you should get different hardware.  This sort of thing is a little touchy and one thing that is appealing is that the most common form of EQ is software.  Which is obviously for the most part FREE.


This is not what my thread is about however.


I wanted to bring up something rarely talked about amongst audiophiles and audio enthusiasts. 



Hardware Equalization.



Why do I bring it up?


Simply because it is very interesting and rarely discussed.


Imagine if a company like Schiit or Woo came out with a game changing "new" device in which looked elegant and sleek like other audio devices such as amps, dacs etc.. Though wasn't these things at all.  Imagine if hardware equalization became a standard outside of the studio. 


Obviously there is a distinct difference in the "listeners" found on this forum.. and the music producers and engineers.  Two closely related, but separate things and as such - bring separate hardware. (relatively speaking)


I do think that it is an interesting discussion and I wonder how successful a hardware equalizer would be, marketed towards audiophiles.


Such a thing might exist, but certainly isn't popular.


I love tweaking with things, just for the fun of it.. and there are probably a lot of people like me.


However it is sort of uncommon for high end audio enthusiasts to even use any sort of software EQ'ing - much less using a piece of hardware to do it in their chain.


Tell me what you guys think about the matter as a whole or in detail. 


Afterall.. I made this because I was interesting in listening to you guys.




There are so many more factors that I have not mentioned (lots of technicalities), but I just kind of wanted to bring the subject up to see what you guys thought.


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This is a subject that has come up on the forum many times. The whole issue of dsp and eq has two camps. One group prefer to spend money on an endless parade of equipment to achieve a small difference in sound and the other group use dsp to achieve the same end. Many on the forum take headfi as a serious hobby and part of that hobby is the joy of trading, changing to new equipment. The reality is that with modern computers and modern dsp programs much of that perceived difference can be achieved without spending all that money on new equipment. Then you wouldn't have all that fun and the hobby changes focus. Many on this forum do use eq and dsp but you might be surprised to learn that a lot of us are afraid to talk about it on the forum because the purists flame the subject. I use dsp all the time with my music and I still enjoy changing equipment occasionally to experience new toys, but I realize that we live in an age where dsp can do amazing things to add to your music enjoyment.

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