Your reply appeared on my AOL notice, but not on the AVS forum itself, at least not on my screen. Here is the version of what you said that appeared on my email:
"Yes. Agree that all control rooms are not set exactly the same and there are no standards. But that problem can not be fixed by any one frequency response set up at our end. Not flat and not reference or any other. It needs to be adjusted for each song or album. "Circle of confusion" in deed."
I took a class at San Francisco State University called "Discover your Ears," in which we visited virtually every sound studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. All of the studios seemed to sound different, and not all "good," IMO. The engineers weren't under pressure to create a signature sound back then, as far as we knew, and we didn't hear about shoving the sound up against the full scale ceiling via compression &/or bass cuts. They just sat around with the talent and discussed the mix over wine, cheese, and other substances from nature's bounty. Well, that happened in some places, with some groups, anyway.
I agree that the EQ needs to be set for each selection, or album -- by ear -- if we have the energy to do so. The funny thing is ... once I ended up finding that a sort of average EQ, involving post-Audyssey bass boost, was acceptable, if not right on, for virtually all Blu-rays, and most SACDs & CDs, and was virtually always better than no post-Audyssey correction, I lulled into a warm and fuzzy complacency about the whole thing. Having the center line EQ in force as my default usually satisfies me. I'll change it if I get a CD that needs it. Two or three Blu-rays have required a change, including one -- How the West Was Won -- that required extraordinarily odd EQ.
"Circle of Confusion" was the name of the photography club at my high school.
Last edited by garygarrison; 07-09-2019 at 10:18 PM.