Hi guys, I read another perspective on equalizer from another audio forum that I am a memeber of. Here is what one guy has to say on eq's:
**May I suggest that equalizers set to the "smile" are not necessarily "incorrect"?
If you look at the Fletcher/Munson curves you will notice that our ears are at their "flattest" at around 100db/spl. Since most of us listen in the 80db area, it's pretty obvious that to have "flat" response we need to boost the bass! Once upon a time equipment makers provided a variable loudness control on their equipment - and it was quite effective! Nowadays - if there is a loudness button at all - it just boosts the bass (high frequency fall off was probably a result of the quality of their instruments of the time rather than actually happening. When we get older our own high frequencies response falls off, but that is also true when we listen to live music -so - it's a wash.)
Our ears are actually telling us what we already know - the sound is thin - and we are just restoring what is missing! **