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My Xonar DX panel has an equalizer for 500k, 250k, 1k, etc. All sound waves.

I have seen one crowd tell me to leave it flatline and only put up the bass 5-10% if you have headphones like an AD700 or something, but otherwise not to mess with the sliders because you can get "incorrect" sound that you get used to and become unable to fully appreciate headphones.

Is this true? Does messing with the equalizer distort the experience, despite "sounding" better?
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post #2 of 17
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My Xonar DX panel has an equalizer for 500k, 250k, 1k, etc. All sound waves.

I have seen one crowd tell me to leave it flatline and only put up the bass 5-10% if you have headphones like an AD700 or something, but otherwise not to mess with the sliders because you can get "incorrect" sound that you get used to and become unable to fully appreciate headphones.

Is this true? Does messing with the equalizer distort the experience, despite "sounding" better?
Audiophiles don't like an EQ because then it doesn't sound like the artist intends it to, one issue with that is headphones already make them sound different(each headphone has a different sound), tweaking it is perfectly fine aslong as you like it.
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post #3 of 17
With excellent equipment and a very good source, you'd never even have any form of equalization in the signal path. However, you're dealing with lower grade equipment and sub par (at times) sources, so do what sounds best to you. What sounds good with one recording may not sound so good with another, so play around. Only you can tell yourself what sounds good.
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Maybe you could adjust the EQ to counter the frequency response of your headphones/speakers.

then you'd have a flat frequency response and would be listening to what the audio engineers put together.

Also I read that you should never EQ up. only down. dunno if that means anything tho.
Edited by cuad - 6/11/11 at 11:01pm
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post #5 of 17
Tweak it as you like. Depending on your headphones, if they're a little heavy on the bass and/or a little light on the treble, (like the beats by dre) you can adjust it accordingly. As long as the sound you end up with sounds good to you.

They're your headphones. Tweak it they way you wan't it to sound.
   
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To compensate for frequency response roll off around 50Hz and 12,000Hz, by attempting to pump up these frequencies to create a more flat frequency response. No speaker has a perfectly flat frequency response and poor crossover can create spikes or dips in the frequency response of the speaker. Equalizer is used for that purpose but most users just like to use it to enhance extremely low bass because they don't have a sub, which is pointless because most speakers can't produce 20Hz or anything lower than about 50Hz, unless it's a high end sub. 20Hz boost + high volume can easily damage headphones and lower quality speakers. The voice coil will burn out because the speakers can't vibrate at 20Hz and still be able to have enough excursion cool themselves. You'll be sending frequencies that you won't be able to hear and which the headphones won't be able to produce.... so you won't even hear the distortion before it's too late.

From my experience with EQ using headphones...don't.
Edited by aweir - 6/11/11 at 11:10pm
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I see. Well, I do have a pair of AD700's actually, and have the equalizer all over the place. Should I try to flatline them then bump up bass?

Last question. Dolby Headphone Mode: Yay or nay?
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if I wanted to EQ my AD700s I would try to make adjustments to bring that graph as close to flatness as possible.

Also, no dolby.
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How do I run that graph and make sure its as flat as possible? Want to give examples for my Xonar DX?
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post #10 of 17
I have no idea. If you want to make your own graph you can play a bunch of frequencies across the spectrum through your headphones/speakers and measure their loudness with an SPL meter.

but don't. that's dumb.
Edited by cuad - 6/11/11 at 11:13pm
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