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Is it sacrilege to turn on the "loudness equalization" setting in windows?

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I know that's going to kill a lot of a good system's imaging and dynamics, but sometimes it just sounds better. Does anyone turn it on sometimes?

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I never mess with any of that...but if anything I sometimes crank up the digital preamp on iTunes EQ settings

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I know that's going to kill a lot of a good system's imaging and dynamics, but sometimes it just sounds better. Does anyone turn it on sometimes?

 

That can be because the album is badly recorded, so the louder parts can clip. Alternately, your ears might prefer to hear the softer parts to be louder, and without it, at the setting where you need the softer parts to be, the louder parts are too loud, and may even be clipping; when enabled, the louder parts are softened and maybe also the softer parts are made louder, so they approach a range where you hear everything in more equal terms at the same volume setting.

 

This can be a problem for example with some classical music, where you have parts that are meant to be soft, like with a soprano gently singing with only one violin playing, then the next movement has a bunch more instruments kicking in. The previous part may really be made to be softer, not just because there's one singer, but depending on what is happening in the opera, it may be intentionally softer (if it was meant to be as loud, like an aria, then the lead would sing it to project his/her voice farther out and more powerfully live, and would also be recorded as such).

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Yes it's clearly distorting the music relative to what the artist intended but I do like the more mellow and even volume.
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