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    Default Use of Balance Control for Tuning

    Is it a good idea to use the balance adjustment? I don't have independent L/R eq but it seems to sound better when i adjust the balance to the right by 3/15. At this point i can hear the music equally well out of both the left and right speakers, the kick drum is centered directly in front of me.

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    If it sounds better to you then it is okay.

    In an ideal setup, both channels have equal gain, and the sound from each speaker reaches your ears at the same time, and with the same level as leaving the speaker. However, few of us have perfect gear, and perfect room acoustics, so some tweaking is fine.

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    This may be an indication of a problem. At a minimum, I'd get a can of deoxit & clean the balance pot.
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    I have noticed the higher you go up the audio food chain, the less likely you are to find a balance control on the pre. Tone controls disappear in even mid-priced gear.

    So as above, they may be needed and it's fine to use, but it can be argued the less you have to use, the better.
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    It wont hurt anything but its not really helping much.

    Since youre close to one speaker but further from another, the lower frequencies (160-500 Hz) will be louder on the near side and upper frequencies (2000 and up) will be louder on the far side because youre on axis to that speaker and higher frequencies are more directional and the more youre on axis to them, the louder they get.

    When you crank the balance over youre lowering the overall volume of the left side but since the meat of the sound is in the 160-500 Hz range, it seems like its centering it up more because by lowering them on the left side, theyre more in line with the output from the right. But youll notice the higher end stuff like cymbals and horns will be much louder on the right side now because the upper midrange and high end stuff that was louder on the right is even more so now.

    Its a trade off thats not worth it IMO. Id rather have the higher overall output than half my frequencies centered up. But its your ears.

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    First and foremost, do what YOU want, after all, YOU are the one listening. Notice the emphasis on YOU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueFox View Post
    If it sounds better to you then it is okay.

    In an ideal setup, both channels have equal gain, and the sound from each speaker reaches your ears at the same time, and with the same level as leaving the speaker. However, few of us have perfect gear, and perfect room acoustics, so some tweaking is fine.
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    This may be an indication of a problem. At a minimum, I'd get a can of deoxit & clean the balance pot.
    Quote Originally Posted by inspiredsports View Post
    I have noticed the higher you go up the audio food chain, the less likely you are to find a balance control on the pre. Tone controls disappear in even mid-priced gear.

    So as above, they may be needed and it's fine to use, but it can be argued the less you have to use, the better.
    Guys, the OP is talking about listening to music in a car. Why do all your responses sound like they are rooted in 'home 2ch'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arun1963 View Post
    Guys, the OP is talking about listening to music in a car. Why do all your responses sound like they are rooted in 'home 2ch'?

    Oh. I wish they would change the color of the car audio forum to make it easier to see the source of the question.


    Anyway, my advice is applicable irrespective of the location. Just substitute car acoustics for room acoustics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arun1963 View Post
    Guys, the OP is talking about listening to music in a car. Why do all your responses sound like they are rooted in 'home 2ch'?
    Good point! OP . . . never mind.
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    doh!
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