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

    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

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

    Pug Elitist Snob

    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

    New York City

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

  5. analog4011

    analog4011 Member

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

    kevinsinnott Forum Coffeeologist

    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

    NAD 116
  8. analog4011

    analog4011 Member

    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

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

    93curr Forum Resident

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

    analog4011 Member

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

    OcdMan Well-Known Member

    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

    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

    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

    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 A Musical Free-Spirit

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

    Keim Well-Known Member

  19. Another Side

    Another Side Active Member

    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„¢

    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 Auto-Tune: ruining songs for 16 years!

    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

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

    Andrew T. Out of the Vein

    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.

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