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I don't get EQ settings at all, what can I do with them to make things sound better?
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Well, first you have to understand a little bit about sound. You probably already know this, but sound moves through the air in waves, and the higher the sound's frequency, the higher the pitch. So the left end of the equalizer handles the lower-frequency sound, the right side the higher pitch.

Now, speakers and headphones have what's known as a frequency response, which is how well they handle sound at a given frequency. Using a frequency response chart (or if you're good, your ears and a bit of prior sound and music knowledge), you can find any pitfalls in your setup's frequency response, and use the equalizer to achieve a more balanced tonal response across the entire sound spectrum.

For example, let's look at the frequency response of Denon's D2000 headphone.



Note that it's got a dip at about 3500 Hz. This is in the mid-section of audible sound, and results in slightly recessed mids. We would use the equalizer to bump up that frequency range, hopefully resulting in a more neutral sound.


It of course varies on your equipment and software, but that's the general idea.
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Ok, anyone got one of those fancy graphs for my X-540's?
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Pretty good info there. It should also be noted that the EQ should be tweaked to your particular taste. For example I prefer an even sound with full bass and treble, I also find myself adjusting the EQ a lot. Different genres such as Hip Hop and Rock will also need different EQ settings. See the pic for an example of my EQ. A good way to start out adjusting your EQ would be to pick a preset that sounds good to you and just tweak it to your taste from there.



Edited by Zulli85 - 6/24/08 at 3:32pm
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Your screenshot hurts my brain.
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Here's a little guide I posted a while back that made a difference with my EQ settings:

http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards...ngs-trick.html
    
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