I'm glad to see your update, Broadstone. What EQ are you using (how many bands?) Have you researched the 1/3 Octave EQ which would isolate more of the frequencies?
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This is why sometimes you go to a friends or associate's home and listen and it is totally incorrect to you, but to them it is fine. Their system is adjusted towards their hearing abilities. A high end, good quality equalizer is just the thing. Having one's hearing checked is always a good idea and it is good to read about quality equalizers. I would definitely add one rather than give up listening to wonderful music.
I'm glad to hear that there are some who appreciate the value in experiments that stray from the path of the audio "purist" who would dismiss this approach out of hand. The other reason for this post is to correct my equipment description. Even though it would make absolutely no difference in my approach or its outcome, my speakers are ML Ethos, not the Theos.
I had a mint, vintage 1978 Luxman G-11 EQ. Had it recapped about 10 years ago.
Was dead silent when in active in the circuit and did what it was intended to do. Decided to sell it for next to nothing a while back. I suspect my hearing is starting to decline as I close in on the 50 age mark. Now thinking this EQ would be more useful as I get older. I gave in to my friends telling me that real high-end audio does not include EQs. Oh well, never too old to see things from a new point of view :)
lowrider, I have a digital system but learning the 2496 is going to be the same in either domain I assume, but perhaps with somewhat different goals. Anyway, I'm still in the curve from the standpoint of learning its full capability but may not have to go much further for my purposes.
Maybe it's partly because I have such limited experience using equalizers in the first place, but learning certain aspects of its use was in no way straightforward and the instructions provided (only on the internet, btw) were not much help. There are, though, several good articles and You Tube presentations on the internet which were very helpful.
My main reasons for buying this EQ were to compensate for upper frequency hearing loss and to establish some baseline room equalization. The auto room eq was a little challenging to establish but worth every bit of time and effort to achieve. Adjusting for specific frequencies or ranges of frequencies with either the graphic or parametric functions, or both simultaneously, is much easier.
One of the really great features is that there are multiple memory slots so that any settings that you establish can be saved and retrieved at will. The bottom line is that it has nearly limitless ways to control sound to fit individual tastes and listening environments. Everybody should have one but keep your manual handy.