Do you need bass and treble? Or are you a purist that goes flat.

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by analog4011, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. analog4011

    analog4011 Member

    Location:
    Chicago, Ill. USA
    Eq or no eq? That is the question. Do you rely on flat with room acoustics......or just EQ as necessary? :)
  2. rpd

    rpd Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Nashville
    no adjustments available on my pre...and I like it that way...
  3. Pug

    Pug Elitist Snob

    Location:
    Illinois
    Before I started hanging out here, I had the bass and treble pumped up. After a year or so here, I cut back on them until now they are both set at the zero position.

    I still use a sub. I like house shaking bass. :agree:
  4. ChrisG

    ChrisG New Member

    Location:
    New York City
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    I generally keep mine on bypass. If a recording sounds deficient, I may tweak something, but that's extremely rare.

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  5. analog4011

    analog4011 Member

    Location:
    Chicago, Ill. USA
    What pre-amp do you have? :)
  6. kevinsinnott

    kevinsinnott Forum Coffeeologist

    Location:
    Chicago, IL USA
    Like most "purists" I buy my EQ by using Tubes and even analog sources to impose tone and phase shifts - all in the name of musicality. I'm actually self-parodying, but I think others may do this on occassion.

    Still, I like what I hear and that's all that counts. My sons should have a nice estate sale someday.
  7. rpd

    rpd Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Nashville
    NAD 116
  8. analog4011

    analog4011 Member

    Location:
    Chicago, Ill. USA
    I think this separates the two camps of stereo people. The ones that need EQ and the ones that do not. :)
  9. Cornholio

    Cornholio Active Member

    Location:
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Same here. Parasound PLD 2000
  10. 93curr

    93curr Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    Deeply in the "purist that goes flat" category.
  11. analog4011

    analog4011 Member

    Location:
    Chicago, Ill. USA
    This is growing up to what is more musical and what is more processed. :)
  12. OcdMan

    OcdMan Active Member

    Location:
    Maryland
    I usually bypass the tone controls. But, in some cases, they're needed. Now if I had a world-class, mega bucks, mastering quality parametric equalizer, I'd use EQ a lot more.
  13. fjhuerta

    fjhuerta New Member

    Location:
    México City
    My pre doesn't have any extra controls. It only has a volume knob and a selector one. :)
  14. Onward

    Onward New Member

    Location:
    Oslo, Norway
    I've always bypassed all tone controls when i've had equipment that had them. I have a friend that refers to the loudness button as the "good sound button" though :rolleyes:
  15. wildchild

    wildchild Well-Known Member

    Location:
    phoenix,arizona
    Mark Levinson ML-12a. No tone control's :D:
  16. gregvet

    gregvet Member

    AR LS3B No tone controls but there is a direct to bypass balance and mono/stereo switch.
  17. Grant

    Grant Proud Nerd

    FLAT all the way, DIRECT mode! The music sounds most transparent that way.
  18. Keim

    Keim Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Moscow
  19. Another Side

    Another Side Active Member

    Location:
    San Francisco
    I listen to everything flat. Occassionally, I'll dial down the treble. But If I had a Sontec or Massenberg parametric EQ, then I would use to fix some wonkiness on otherwise good sounding CD's.
  20. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brotherâ„¢

    Location:
    Chicagoland
    I have my tone controls on by pass. I have an ADCOM 5300 amp and my pre is the ADCOM GFP-555II.
  21. Drifter

    Drifter Custom Title

    Location:
    Vancouver, BC, CA
    I almost never boost high frequencies, but very often have to cut them. The Lennon remasters, for instance, are just horrible - extreme high end. [​IMG]

    Sometimes I have to cut certain midrange frequencies (particularly in the 2-5 kHz range) to make a recording less painful to listen to as well. I like my bass, so I sometimes boost the bottom a bit.
  22. drh

    drh Talking Machine

    I play a lot of records that don't conform to RIAA equalization--indeed, many that predate the use of microphones--so frequently I'll send the signal through a flat preamp (no equalization curve) and then adjust tone quality with the bass/treble controls if I'm listening casually or else with my third-octave graphic eq. I do switch the tone controls out when the material doesn't need them, however.
  23. Adam9

    Adam9 Formerly jbohdan

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Almost always flat.
  24. Andrew T.

    Andrew T. Out of the Vein

    Location:
    ....
    Of course I use EQ controls when I want to, though I never boost the high end. They're like salt and pepper for music tonality.
  25. My tubes are my tone controls when needed.