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- Oct 30, 2003
This really depends on what earphones you use, what amount of bass you need, and in what environment you listen to music (e.g. you need more bass in the subway because of the low frequency noise level).
But it's true that a bright source like M0 paired with bright sounding earphones like Ety ER4 will leave you wanting more bass. On the other hand, I'm so attached to the mids of ER4 that I'm unlikely to switch to anything else. So I'm currently wired to my Huawei Mate 10 Pro, whose sound settings have a rather nicely implemented bass boost feature, waiting for something similar to be available in the M0.
I have thus far been inclined to think that custom digital equalization on top of what comes out of your source results in reduced fidelity to the original material, but I don't think I know what it means anymore, since your perception can be altered by so many factors like earphones, ambient noise nature/level and even time of the day for God's sake. So yes, I'm confident that M0 should have an elaborate custom EQ and/or a bass boost setting to make it a truly universal source.
Yes your absolutely right about Etymotics, they are really bass light. But most iems and cans are going to have a very satisfying bass response as there seems to be a tiny bass spike and a tiny treble spike to give it that more exciting sound but it still doesn’t stray too far from neutral.
I’m not anti Eq and love the Sony and Cowon EQs but my current phones have a good synergy with M0, that’s why I said ‘personally’. The M0 isn’t bass lite by any means is actually what I was getting at. And reallt I do believe a custom EQ is on its way