Tone controls are starting to creep in - The D'Agostino preamp comes to mind, but old habits die hard. Many (most?) audiophiles believe that the inclusion of tone controls taints the circuitry, hence their absence from the great majority of high-end components. I don't think anyone doubts their effectiveness in compensating for poor recordings or room acoustics, but the rationale is more about EQ ruining timing and phase relationships, whatever that means.
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