Originally Posted by Endurozw
I've been playing around with my equalizer settings for a few days now (listen primarily to rock) as I had read a thread a while back saying that presets are not always the way to go with your system and to play around with the settings themselves.
I found this to be an interesting read while I was doing some research:
What I have discovered is that you can very quickly muddy up sound or make it too harsh / give people near deafening lisps on the "s" sound if you play around with dB gains too much on the low / high ends. Does anyone have a certain equilizer setting they prefer? I'd like to see pics of everyone's equalizers to see where everyone eventually settled on as the "perfect" sound.
I'm currently just playing around with this setting...found that my lower frequencies were set way too high but the adjusted the 1k and 2.5k's because of something I read to account for that "s" sound and so far it seems to have toned that down but I'm going to see at what cost I've elimated those sounds and adjust them up again this afternoon to compare what I've lost to what I've gained.
The link you provided is a guide for recording engineers. Assuming they have done their job this guide does not apply to you in attempting to tune your audio system. What you're going for is faithful reproduction of the recording they have already made these adjustments to.
This being the case, you're not going to be able to get an idea about where your EQ settings "should" be based on what others have theirs set at since you are tuning your particular listening environment and setup. This means the equalization you apply is simply for tuning out abnormal qualities caused by the acoustics in your car and/or audio equipment. Ideally, you don't want to have to apply any equalization, but we know this just isn't feasible.
In all of my years of tuning sound systems though, I'd like to just throw out these bits of advice:
- I find you get better results if you cut rather than boost.
-It's important to try and avoid multiple crossovers, so if possible, use the HP/LP filters on your head unit OR amplifier and not both, as this introduces phasing complications.
- If you don't have access to an RTA what I would do is crank it up to a moderate level and cut what hurts.
- A higher LP setting will move your lower end sound stage to the rear or wherever your sub is, so you want to go as low as you can get away with generally.
- Don't EQ using content you are unfamiliar with, and use good quality recordings.
The frequency response of my truck is fairly flat from 200Hz up. 160Hz and down are about 10dB above flat. I have found this to sound the best when listening to a variety of genres of music and different inputs. I never have to mess with my EQ or boost/cut any bass when putting something different in. Keep in mind that this is what works for me and my sound system though. Your results may vary, but take your time and enjoy the process.