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A 'perfect' iTunes equalizer setting
Authored by: WaltFrench on Sep 02, '04 03:59:55PM
... you're no longer listening to the music as recorded on the master...

Maybe it's closer. Even fairly expensive speakers may not reproduce different pitches equally loudly. Typical "computer" speakers costing less than $200 certainly don't. Smaller speakers simply cannot reproduce very low frequencies well. However, it's likely a waste of effort to try to boost the bass volume, since the speakers will just wuff. Speakers also have trouble with the higher frequencies that you especially boost; here you have some hope to recover the original sound.

Bear in mind that a lot of the limitations of low-bitrate tunes -- ie, the distortion of 128kb/s or lower MP3's -- show up in the frequencies that you're boosting. Your settings COULD make these worse.

Another post mentions overall loudness as "impossible to boost." Unfortunately, some engineers boost the average sound level by allowing the occasional peaks to go over the maximum that can be encoded; these are "clipped" to the maximum value that the (CD, or whatever) format allows. In the process, you get substantial distortion. Some listeners who like a "loud" sound will prefer this sound, even though it is less true to the sound that was actually on the "master" before the disk was cut with this stunt. Most non-rock musicians will cringe, but yes, some CD's are intentionally distributed this way.

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A 'perfect' iTunes equalizer setting
Authored by: avarame on Sep 02, '04 07:06:30PM

"wuff" is one of the best words ever. Completely accurate, too.

It's ironic that people whose equipment is of high enough quality (price) to properly reproduce the frequencies most wished to be boosted, tend to be those people who have the least desire for SRS WOW or bowled EQ obstructing the clarity of the music they want to listen to.

But, hey, the whole point is to get something that sounds good. If you like the sound of the EQ setting described here, that's a good thing. If you don't like it, you can make your own setting, or even do without EQ. If it sounds good, go with it. That's what counts.

(Disclaimer: I say all of this as a budding audiophile who dropped $300 on headphones and an amplifier last month. :)

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