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EQ = sound quality?

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by skamp, Apr 25, 2012.
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  1. Mshenay
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    indeed, I like a very colorful EQ for EDM and a VERY netutral eq [or no eq] for Sound Tracks
     
  2. JohnSantana
    so what about using better amp ? or even DAC ?
    How do we determine that if using DAC / amp like Fiio E11 can actually boost sound quality ?
     
  3. liamstrain
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    That's a whole other set of discussions. Personally, I would rather have amps and dacs that measure neutral and implement a separate eq somewhere in the chain (digital or other), rather than using the dac/amp as a "hardware eq." That gives me more flexibility with a wider range of headphones and usages. 
     
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  4. JohnSantana
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    Thanks for the reply Liam, yes I'm using Windows Media player Eq and also DENON iPhone apps player (10 band graphical EQ).
     
    what does that mean by "measure neutral" ? I thought that by using EQ and Amp the sound is no longer neutral.
     
  5. liamstrain
    By measure neutral, I mean that the dac and amp do not color the sound. No bass boost, no audible roll-off, etc. A wire with gain (and if desired, maybe some tubey second order distortion) - but no permanent/uncontrolled changes to frequency response. That's the EQ's job. 
     
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  6. skamp

    Yes. And this is how an amp that's normally powerful enough to drive a pair of not so sensitive headphones can easily get maxed out. With my subtractive EQ and Replaygain on, I measured a volume reduction of a full 12 dB on my system!
     
  7. Joe Bloggs Contributor
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    Yup, before I got a Fiio E17 with 12dB of gain I had to cheat by letting the EQ go above the 0dB line and use a limiter down the chain for insensitive headphones.
     
  8. firev1
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    I think you will love Engineer's Filter Joe Bloggs.
     
    Anyways, I did not post as promised on the advanced eq thread as promised but I would like to say the concept of it and doing it has really given new life to my headphones. To prevent clipping I usually set global gain down by 3db. Never mind reduction in non linear performance, the gains in terms of FR and my experience that I got makes it totally worth it! 
     
    As for replaygain, I decided to have it of and move the volume knobs as I need it. 
     
  9. Mshenay
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    Yea I want to set my Global Gain dwn in my presets as well. I'm so used to FooBars auto zero function, although I know some one here just told me how to do it so I'll have to back tracka little!
     
  10. Joe Bloggs Contributor
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  11. Mshenay
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    yhanks
     
  12. zunehdrocks
    This is an old thread but whatever...
    Accudio from golden ears automatically adjusts eq to make popular headphones neutral. They base it on their fq response measurements.
     
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