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I have a great quad core 5.1 sound chip on my motherboard combined with 5.1 headsets(CM Storm) . Im trying to fine tune the Sound Blaster Equalizer for BF3 to get the best sound possible. I messed with the custom equalizer a little, but unsure about all the different frequencies and what would sound best. Any audiophiles have any suggestions. Thanks.
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Edited by Swolern - 10/11/12 at 12:04am
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Sorry, your equipment has nothing to do with "audiophile".

Apart from that, if you'll look up threads about audio equipment you will find that you will be told to listen to equipment before you purchase it.
I, personally, won't use anything in my receiver apart from "Pure direct" setting and pass-through sound from PC to it.
I got a friend that prefers listening with 5ch stereo setting... I hate that. He uses equalizer to add effects I try to remove all of that.

Bottom line, just play with settings till you like the sound.
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I understand my equipment is not audiophile quality, I just wanted an Audiophile's opinion. I'll keep playing around with settings. Thanks.
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If you are after a neutral and natural sound then you need to emphasis the frequencies that your headphones has trouble reproducing. Basically your EQ curve should be the opposite compared to your headphone response curve.


Don't know how accurate this is but it was the best I could find.

--> http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/surround-sound-headset-benchmark,review-32376-11.html
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I understand my equipment is not audiophile quality, I just wanted an Audiophile's opinion. I'll keep playing around with settings. Thanks.

Don't. In the end it is You who will listen not %username%.
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If you are after a neutral and natural sound then you need to emphasis the frequencies that your headphones has trouble reproducing. Basically your EQ curve should be the opposite compared to your headphone response curve. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Don't know how accurate this is but it was the best I could find.
--> http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/surround-sound-headset-benchmark,review-32376-11.html

Wow, thanks man. That helps alot. I have been looking all around the net for that. Some great information there. 10 band EQ also in the review, like mine.

Yes I am looking for a more neutral & natural sound. Ill try to set EQ to opposite of those recorded frequencies and see how it sounds. Thanks again. Repped thumb.gif
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With headphones, the best most 'neutral' frequency response is not flatline like it is with speakers.

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=2033

The beyerdynamic T1 is the closest frequency response wise to neutral there is.

EQ your headphones to how the T1 is. Remember to factor in different scales. In the above graph, take 50 dBu as the same as the value zero in the Headroom graph.
Have no idea why Tom's Hardware didn't follow procedure and graph it the proper way like Headroom does....
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With headphones, the best most 'neutral' frequency response is not flatline like it is with speakers.
http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=2033
The beyerdynamic T1 is the closest frequency response wise to neutral there is.
EQ your headphones to how the T1 is.

hmmm that's interesting. i figured we were all striving for a flatline response.
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You do strive for flat response. It's just that headphones don't do it, so you strive for the closest to flat as you can get.
 
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hmmm that's interesting. i figured we were all striving for a flatline response.
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You do strive for flat response. It's just that headphones don't do it, so you strive for the closest to flat as you can get.

Nothing to do with (perceived) limitations of headphones. It's to do with the outer fleshy part of your ear (the pinnae) influencing the sound. When you are wearing headphones, you are effectively listening to two separate rooms for each ear with the room shaped like your ear with the shape of it being the ceiling. 'Flat' is what the T1 is.

You cannot apply speaker psychoacoustics to headphone psychoacoustics. 'Neutral' with headphones is not flatline (unless you don't have ears!)
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