Originally Posted by Pacodutaco
Back in the 80's, when I still had a turntable and tape deck, I used a graphic equalizer for a short time. I liked the fact I could custom tailor the sound to my preference but soon lost the interest in doing this. My reasoning was simple. This was not how the artists intended their music to be heard. From that point on I have been one to prefer as natural of sound as I can get for what little money I have to throw into this hobby/addiction. I don't think there is anything wrong with using an EQ but it's not for me.
Thanks for your input and thoughts, Paco...
It's weird; I totally know what you mean by "listening to the music as the artists intended," as I alluded to in an earlier post, but we gotta remember: The "artist's intentions" are not really "thrown at us" just because we have no tone controls or our tone controls are neutralized; there's so much that can color what comes down the analog or digital pipes: Room design, room décor, cables, electronics...
That being said, there's something I miss with regard to the way the "smiley face" curve on an EQ used to "pump" the music up -- on an older system I had, years ago, I used a Kenwood integrated amp and then a Yamaha stereo receiver, both hooked into a Pioneer graphic EQ, and I couldn't live with the EQ disengaged from the circuit. I felt everything sounded way too "flat" and "boring" -- an audiophile-esque friend of mine could never understand why I wanted to put this "cheap EQ" into the chain to "stain the signal," but it took years for me to understand what this "coloring the signal" was all about. Now, I have come to appreciate running everything through my current Onkyo stereo receiver with tone controls (bass and treble) neutralized (no boost, no cut) but I STILL long for the days of that EQ experience somehow...I wish my receiver offered a loudness contour, as Yamaha still does on their models, as this would have satisfied my desire for a "boosted soundstage at low volumes" experience, but alas it doesn't.
I suppose there's something to say about the fact that more hi-fi-oriented pieces don't offer loudness controls or hookups for external equalizers, no?