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Are you somewhat disappointed with the output from iTunes? If so, you might try using the equalizer to modify the output levels at various frequencies. There are a number of pre-defined settings, but the MacFormat tip contained a different set of suggested levels.


Open the equalizer, and from the pop-up menu, select "Make Preset." Call it "Perfect," because it is, and set the following levels, from left to right (skip the Preamp section):

db +3, +6, +9, +7, +6, +5, +7, +9, +11, +8 db

The image to the left (full-size image) shows about what it should look like when you're done. Make sure you check the "On" box to activate the equalizer, too. These settings produce absolutely the best balance I've ever heard. My home computer speakers are ablaze with sound now.

[robg adds: I realize that there's no such thing as a 'perfect' equalizer setting, hence the use of quotes in the title. I further realize that the use of any equalizer setting other than "flat" means that you're no longer listening to the music as recorded on the master.

However, due to the varying quality of computer speakers, signal loss due to MP3/AAC encoding, and non-ideal speaker setups, you might find that your music does sound better to you using a non-flat equalizer setting. I've been using the above settings for a week or so now, and I must say that my music now sounds better -- it may be less "true" to the original, but it sounds better to my admittedly untrained ear ... and that's what counts.

Source: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...40902070807431
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Interesting. I myself am partial to flat EQ, but this seems to be very proportional and you can't tell any one frequency is boosted. Reps.
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Thanks alot

It helped me alot, but I use VolumeLogic for Winamp, winamp's EQ is better than iTunes as well.
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i cant stand flat EQ settings. i use winamp's laptop speaker\\headphones mode - works a treat on all system setup
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Its not perfect for me. I prefer my own custom settings.
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Originally Posted by J3r3my
Its not perfect for me. I prefer my own custom settings.
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[robg adds: I realize that there's no such thing as a 'perfect' equalizer setting, hence the use of quotes in the title. I further realize that the use of any equalizer setting other than "flat" means that you're no longer listening to the music as recorded on the master.
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I was far from impressed wit your Eq, although, I am running SHURE 750dj headphones ... it nearly blew out my woofer, i believe it may be good for computer speakers, but to really get a "perfect" Eq you need a spectrum analyzer to get a truly perfect EQ there are hundreds of digital spectrum analyzer and you want the bars on that to be truly flat, laptop speakers at a flat EQ are not flat there are hot spots and drop offs, you wont get truly great sound from your laptop speakers, but theres my 2 cents worth. and in reference to an earlier quote, you can get "nearly" perfect Eq, but you have to pay alot for a very large external Eq, multiple speakers to fit in all the ranges and a sub
Edited by Aeo4758 - 2/23/11 at 2:30pm
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Since when did iTunes and perfect mix?
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