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Is the "none" eq on the ipod an eq?

post #1 of 8
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I've never used an ipod so maybe this question has no relevance, but it appears that ipods come with equalization presets.

 

Presumably, one of those presets is "none".

 

Is "none" actually a preset eq intended to equal-ize the earbuds that are provided with the stock ipod?  Or is it actually flat?

 

Thank you kindly

 

SOG

post #2 of 8

It's flat.

post #3 of 8

Doesn't the "off" setting mean just that, the EQ is turned off. There is a preset called "flat" which is on but with all frequencies set to 0.

post #4 of 8

They both essentially mean the same thing.  Flat = no frequencies adjusted.  Off =  no frequencies adjusted.  If you don't want EQ (and the Apple presets can be pretty rubbish), just leave it off.

post #5 of 8

Since there is no universal recording standard and  no universal speaker response standard, I feel that "flat" is not representative of an artist or studio engineer's "intent".

 

After recent upgrades to my portable gear, I was listening to a song (that I had heard many times previously) and I just picked up on a bit of "missing intent". The synthesized bass drum beat is suppose to be a (floor shaking) thumping heart-beat. I get it now. It sounded like a tin can out of my iPod Touch ( on "flat" and every other setting).

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

They both essentially mean the same thing.  Flat = no frequencies adjusted.  Off =  no frequencies adjusted.  If you don't want EQ (and the Apple presets can be pretty rubbish), just leave it off.

I actually think the flat setting might slightly boost everything, so if you're a total purist it probably introduces some distortion. 

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by redrich2000 View Post
 

I actually think the flat setting might slightly boost everything, so if you're a total purist it probably introduces some distortion. 

 

Turning it on vs off makes no sound difference (volume) on mine - measured with an SPL meter.  Does it make a difference on yours?  Did you measure it?  How?

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

 

Turning it on vs off makes no sound difference (volume) on mine - measured with an SPL meter.  Does it make a difference on yours?  Did you measure it?  How?

No that was just from memory, you will be right.

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