Originally Posted by jollybob
I hope you consider adding another feature that's not normally included in high quality preamps or integrateds - and that feature is tone controls or an EQ.
EQ for a reasonable price - and also that don't constrain playback to specific applications (i.e. I want all sounds coming from the computer to be EQ'd - and not just those from a specific program - this is why it would be so nice if you built the EQ into your coming Pre/DAC).
Thanks for the post as I'm sure a lot of people wonder why we don't have even a simple Bass and Treble control. The simple answer is that it costs more and takes your signal through two more pods or through a splitter for bypass. I guess that's the bad news for some. And good news for others.
As for eq's, I've seen hundreds set up over the past 30-35 years and very few were set up right. However, some speakers need EQ just to get to a flat response or flat response in the room they're in. But most people tend to EQ songs.
So onto the potentially good news and maybe a bit of advice. Most music management systems have their own internal eq that can be assigned to different songs. i.e. Where one song may require a little bass boost, but if you use this same boost on Bela Fleck "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo", you're likely to blow your wooofers... At best, if you EQ everything and you're dealing w/a good recording, you're just adding distortion.
So when you say you want "everything" coming out of the computer eq'ed, I can almost promise you don't.
On the songs that do need eq and you're willing to take the time, you can eq the songs that need it individually with these programs. (iTunes, Windows Media)
Take in to account that I don't know what speakers you're using and if they do or do not need EQ to get them flat, or if you have a specific EQ need for your room from standing waves of one sort or another. Either way, if you really need one, I suggest using the one you have built in to the programs.
Hope this helps,