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post #31 of 39

I always use the equalizer in iTunes, but the kind of music I listen too has a habit of being poorly mixed, mastered, etc.

 

I think everything sounds terrible without it, not sure how you guys do it.

post #32 of 39
Holy schiit!

8 year thread resurrection! 8 years!

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Holy schiit!
8 year thread resurrection! 8 years!
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But do you use EQ. tongue.gif

post #34 of 39
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Originally Posted by zdmetal View Post

I always use the equalizer in iTunes, but the kind of music I listen too has a habit of being poorly mixed, mastered, etc.

 

I think everything sounds terrible without it, not sure how you guys do it.

Ditto

post #35 of 39

Nope. I think EQ doesn't sound natural..

post #36 of 39
You iTunes guys should really try a different EQ.
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But do you use EQ. tongue.gif

No I don't. I will have a graphic EQ soonish but that's just to try to get a few extra percent from my HD800.
post #37 of 39

Thread resurrection aside, I find EQ to be a great way to refine a headphone's sound to the user's taste...if done properly.

 

On the other hand, just raising the midrange on an SR-202 wasn't enough to have it match the SR-Lambda in midrange quality, either. It brought the vocals out, but there was still some sort of rough texture to the sound. (Unfortunately, I couldn't get the different amplification setups out of the equation either, due to not having a dual-bias 'stat amp.) Because of that, it's not an end-all be-all solution.

 

But if the headphone's sound is close enough to what you want, just with some frequencies exaggerated or recessed a bit more than you like, then EQ can level things out nicely.

post #38 of 39
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On the other hand, just raising the midrange on an SR-202 wasn't enough to have it match the SR-Lambda in midrange quality, either. It brought the vocals out, but there was still some sort of rough texture to the sound. (Unfortunately, I couldn't get the different amplification setups out of the equation either, due to not having a dual-bias 'stat amp.) Because of that, it's not an end-all be-all solution.

 

I actually tried to correct the midrange on the SR404 to sound a bit more natural (by increasing the lower mids very slightly and lowering the upper mids), but unfortunately this experiment wasn't too successfull. The basic tonality was just too much "off" to be easily corrected by EQ.

 

On the other hand, I'm getting excellent results with my equalized HD800. I've shelved down the treble a bit (see photo below), which really brings the frequency response to something that I'd consider natural.

The great thing is that I do not experience any sort of degradation in the sound. I've read many accounts of people who said that an equalizer makes the sound loose its edge, to sound "muddy" and/or unnatural. I don't know whether the type of EQ used has an influence on this phenomenon, at least I can't detect any of these problems (as long as reasonable adjustments are applied).

 

If anyone's interested, here are the settings I've found to work best with the HD800:

 

 

 

(I used to increase the mid-bass a little, but after prolonged listening I prefer no change in the bass, except for some rock/metal recordings)

post #39 of 39

I just use the EQ that comes with VLC, and here's a snapshot of what I currently got it set at. Also, this may not have anything to do with it, but that is Xubuntu 13.04 I'm running, I just got it set up to look like Ubuntu 10.04.



 

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