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I have an older JVC Dolby Digital receiver with a Bass Boost feature. When I calibrate the speakers and sub, is it best to have this feature ON or OFF? I assume it should be set to ON if I listen with it set to On? When I listen with headphones though, having it ON seems like too much bass. How does the calibration affect the sound when listening with headphones? Any suggestions? Thanks.
 

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The object of calibration is to get your system to reproduce sound as close as possible to the way it was mastered/intended. Any EQ should be for room corrections only and and not subjective listening. So any Bass Boost (aka: Loudness [compensation]) should always be off.
 

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The human ear doesn't hear low frequencies well at low volume. The purpose of that control is to raise bass when the system is used at low volume levels. At normal listening levels, the system should sound better with it off.
 

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It depends on what you are using your system for.


Is it to accurately reproduce the signal? or to have fun?


For accuracy-leave it off. For fun-it depends on what you like best.


Some people do not like accurate.


It is a personal decision.
 
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