Originally Posted by davidsh
I always tend to look at the frequency response.. Tried making duplicates of FRs etc. a number of times, then reverse it. It always end up sounding unnatural or just bad, so I never make really drastic changes in the EQ, mostly just some 1-5 dBs here and there based partially on FR graphs and sine sweeps. It can be pretty hard to get right and I always get pretty OCD-ish and end up throwing the hole thing away.
Originally Posted by conquerator2
I never EQ headphones... Call me crazy, guess I am a purist here :D
To not believe in equalization is to not believe in modding your headphones. If that makes you a "purist," then that's what you are. Equalization, when done right (and believe me, it could take hours to EQ a headphone the first time if you don't know what you're doing), will make your headphone sound completely different in tone in a way that suits your taste. My EQ'd HE-400 sounds so beautifully smooth and natural, that if I switch the EQ off, what I would hear would sound very off. It took me between 4-5 hours to fully dial it in, but it was worth the effort. To me, a good EQ software is 1000x more important (not to mention better value) than third-party cables. My phones' low-end extension is improved, at no detriment to any of the other frequencies. Its upper treble is tamed. Vocals has never sounded more engaging and realistic, as does many instruments. My HE-400 is jergmodded, and if you were to ask me which improved them better between my EQ and the jergmod, I'd say that it's very easily the EQ.
The reason why many people are hesitant to EQ or wary of it, is simply because it is actually a very technically complex tool. As with every complicated tool, you need to know how it works as well how to make it worth for you. A good rule of thumb is: make surgical and precise-as-can-be changes, never use a broad stroke; and then test your change with a frequency sweep. You'll need to have a knowledge of human hear sensitivity, and knowledge of compensation curves would also help. All of this makes proper EQing a big chore, and can takes 3-5 hours if it's your first or second time. It's not easy, or at least not in my experience.
Edited by tigon_ridge - 4/1/14 at 3:01pm