Originally Posted by Russdawg1
It’s not subjective, and the research has been done. If you were blinded in an ABX test without any biases involved or minimized, you will prefer the speaker with the flatter listening window response 99.5% of the time when bass is a non factor. Now maybe you fall into the 0.5% category due to your slight hearing loss, but the research still applies.
Barring that, why should HT content and music content sound any different and/or need different EQ (or different speakers) to sound best. That is like saying that a song in a movie will sound different from the same exact song from a CD.
Yeah. I don't think it's quite clear that's true about 99.5% of people. When Sean Olive published his research about treble and bass balance adjustment in headphone preferences, he admitted in the comments that the speakers they had tested that were not neutral had other issues as well, and that people do like having some variation in treble and/or bass:
"The early studies involved comparison of different speakers that varied more than bass and treble balance. Some speakers had resonances that produced serious colorations, distortions, differences in directivity. The headphone study basically takes a flat neutral headphone and asks people to adjust the bass and treble. That's where experience and age seem to take over. The same holds true for loudspeakers when we did a similar experience."
"Not really. Prior to this study, I nor anyone I know had published a study where trained and untrained listeners were given a bass and treble control and asked to adjust to taste. In previous studies, trained and untrained listeners were asked to give preference ratings to speakers that varied in ways other than bass and treble. It seems that given some finite choices people will pick the most neutral speaker or headphone (no resonances), wide bandwidth. However, given some tone controls they will adjust for variations in program and taste.
This study does confirm a previous one where we found untrained listeners adjusted the bass and treble of a loudspeaker and headphone higher than trained listeners. That study only had 3 untrained listeners, which is why we did this much larger study.
Note also that he said people did adjust the bass and treble based on the program material. So yeah. Depending on what you listen to, you want a different speaker or EQ.