It took me a while, but I finally realized the biggest disadvantage of using my DVD player as my CD player. The EQ settings that I use for movies and for music are vastly different. If I had two seperate sources, my receiver would remember the settings, but since I don''t I''m currently trying to find a "happy medium". This also got me curious as to what settings you guys have for your EQs for movies.
I don't use EQ's personally. If i did they would be active and set up with an RTA (real time analyzer) to achieve a more linear response. Nothing would be set more than +-3 to make sure no damage is done to the speakers, and i would filter out any subsonic frequencies ie under 20hz. I would definitely use 31 band eqs. It is impractical, but if I had a ton of money, better speakers, better electronics and a acoustically treated room, I would put in eqs.
This is really subjective.
I like a small amount of extreme high emphasis to help make up for some hearing loss. I also like a small amount of extreme low emphasis for movies, especially action movies.
Totally flat sounds a little boring to me.
But that's just me. YMMV.
It tune my system to reproduce theincoming signal as accurately as possible and leave it that way. If the producers or directors of the material do things to it I don't like, I probably won't listen to it again. The only thing I alter after calibration is the level of the center channel and the sub for certain movies. I always return the level settings back to the reference when the movie is over.
I would make speaker placement changes and maybe some room treatments first before using any EQ. Unless you have a good testing equipment to measure the changes you made, most of the time you will end up with worst than you started with.
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I believe in and use low frequency EQ for my subwoofer. Makes both movies and music much better... (I had a nasty nasty 40Hz peak before using EQ.)
As for higher frequency EQ, my feelings are as mentioned already. Speaker placement and room furnishings/configuration (along with choosing the right speakers to begin with) gives more than satisfactory results for me.
I roll the treble off a bit for music and movies 'cause my speakers and receiver are both on on the brighter side of neutral, but that's all I do. Everything else I just leave at neutral.
Sometimes if I'm watching an action movie with friends I turn up my sub a bit.
No EQ - it should not be needed on a properly setup system. I have never heard a movie mix on a dubbing stage that sounded bad enough to need any EQ.
So what I'm hearing is that you guys (the ones w/ receivers) leave the internal set totally neutral for both music and movies. Cool. That's what I need to know.
You don't have to, it may be pleasing to your ears to have it on. In that case I would recomend it for you. Experiment with it to see what you like. I thought you were talking about external eq's. The ones in the reciever are there for evening out some bad room acoustics.