I was wondering, what is the best way to set up my eq for winamp. I have it flat at the moment, but im craving more bass. I don't want full bass and treble or full bass as it does not sound very good. What should I do :D
Answer by Kostas · Nov 21, 2010 at 06:55 PM
it depends on the type of music you want to hear to , how YOU like the audio (boosted mids and highs etc.) and the speakers you will be using . for example is you buy a speaker system with a big subwoofer you may want to lower the low frequencies so it does not kick a lot covering your main audio.
Answer by Sozo · Nov 22, 2010 at 12:35 AM
Here is an example of my current settings with the player itself set back the the default Winamp Modern skin. The settings lend themselves to alot of bass, but not too much, and just the right about of treble without all the highs.
Your speakers make a big difference. I have some pretty awesome speakers, so my stuff sounds great. Depending on your situation, you might have to adjust them slightly depending on what your speakers can handle.
Hope that helps.
Answer by KawazoeMasahiro · Nov 22, 2010 at 02:47 AM
The best EQ setting will depend on the quality of your sound system. Eq should only be used to fix abnormalities in your setup frequency-response graph. For instance, if your speakers does not correctly reproduce high frequencies or add too much hoomf in the lower ones. I had that kind of issue with a Logitech Z-5300 sound system. I had to apply a -12 db notch (0.14 Q) at 112 Hz to fix a bad cross-over hoomf.
You can also use it to "enhance" music in general but most of the time you will end up messing it up more than anything. Keep in mind that the track you listen too already been mastered to sound great and like they should.
Answer by Razor512 · Nov 22, 2010 at 07:02 AM
The problem with EQ's is that they may make a few songs sound good and many others sound bad.
What I recommend is that you use a high end pair of headphones and try to get a similar sound reproduction from your speakers.
an EQ is best left to only correcting problems with your speakers, if the mids are too low then increase them
For me, when setting up my sound settings, I listened to music on the stock settings on both my higher end headphones and the speakers to figure out what was lacking for the speakers. I then used adobe audition to generate some tones and compared the reproduction to that of the headphones. I then adjusted the EQ as needed (I use an audigy 2 ZS)
After a lot of testing and fine tuning, I was able to get much better sound out of my speakers
Answer by Nitin Katiyar · Feb 12, 2011 at 09:54 PM
Unless you're sitting outdoors, the room you are in now will have room modes. These are frequencies where there is an enhancement in sound pressure levels experienced due to standing waves, where SINE and COS waves travel in opposite directions to each other, reflecting at the boundaries of your room.
Axial modes are the strongest and are reflections between two parallel walls. Tangential modes have half the energy of Axial modes and involve 4 reflective surfaces. Oblique modes are the weakest and involve all 6 walls.
The frequencies at which your room modes occur depends entirely on the dimensions of your room and the temperature, as the speed of sound, (and therefore the wavelength of any given frequency), varies.
Search online for room mode calculators.
Now you combine the frequency response of your speakers with understanding of your rooms response and you're half way there.
Never boost frequencies, the person who posted an image above boosting frequencies knows nothing. Always cut frequencies, never boost. Boosting a frequency is like stretching an image, it becomes pixelated. If you require more bass, leave the lowest octave band in the middle, only reducing all the other frequencies. However, the EQ provided with Winamp does not contain enough octave bands to adjust to smooth out the interaction of a speaker with a room.
The 10 band EQ provided with Winamp as standard is not adequate, ideally you would be operating a 31 band EQ. For example, my room response drops off sharply below 100 Hz, with a small peak in that sharp drop off at 40 Hz, (due to both a room mode & the natural frequency resonance of my speakers). I want to increase frequencies from 20 Hz - 30 Hz without increasing the 40 Hz band but I cannot.
The solution? download an EQ plug in.
I measured my rooms response from my listening position using a calibrated Sound Level Meter, stuck the data into Excell and made up a graph. From this graph, with a 31 Band EQ, I would want to create an opposite image of that graph. That is if flat response is your goal.
However the human ear does not hear equally at all frequencies, and while the response may be 'flat', it will not be flat to the human ear.
Please look up equal loudness contours and 'A' weighting for human response to hearing.
In addition to these factors, we all have our own subjective personal preference on how things should sound.
Hope this helps.
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