iPod Classic EQ: Which setting do you use more?

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  1. iHenry, Oct 14, 2014
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    After a number of years, I am still trying to figure out, which EQ setting works best and is more balanced with most types of music on the iPod Classic.

    I listen to many different Genres, and keep change the default EQ settings from Flat to Piano, Jazz, Classical, R&B, Acoustic or even Rock, depending on the album (not on the actual music genre).

    I find that some settings even help create a bit of distortion because of enhancing the Lower Frequencies (Bass) too much, and almost none seems to really fit with many different singers/ Bands.

    Have you found your favorite EQ setting?

    Do you leave it OFF or Flat ?

    Pease include the Output method (Headphones or Line Out) and the Headphones used for that EQ setting in your answer, so the whole Picture makes sense for those who want to try that sound Profile.

    Thank You!

    The one I have found to be of more frequent use is "Acoustic" with my Sennheiser Momentum Over-Ear (Headphone Out), mainly for Pop/Rock/Country, and sometimes Classical music too. "Piano" works great for Vocals!
     
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    Depends on the output method. For earbuds I usually need to boost the bass and treble a bit. For bigger cans, I leave it flat, and for output to the car or home stereo, I can take a bit more bass.
     
  4. iHenry thread starter macrumors member

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    You are right, the correct Question should have included both the Output method, and the Headphones used, since both are relevant for the results obtained, I will see if I can edit the Post and correct that, Thank You!

    According to your answer, I understand you use Treble Booster or Bass Booster?
     
  5. Smellmet macrumors regular

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    Flat, every time. Same with iTunes. Just covers all the bases for me.
     
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    Listening to music I use R&B. It is the best compromise for my ears when using earphones. For a podcast I turn it off. The Classic that lives in my vehicle has the EQ turned off.
     
  7. Slix macrumors 6502a

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    This. Same here.
     
  8. HereBeMonsters macrumors 6502

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    I think the Rock EQ does a decent bass and treble boost? Can't remember as with me today I've only got my phone and a Shuffle.
     
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    I use electronic. Apple should have allowed you to custom tweak the eq curve though.
     
  10. iHenry thread starter macrumors member

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    Agreed.

    I don't know why you can't do that on any Apple product unless you use a third party App, which in this case is not possible.

    Definitely, the possibility of making your own EQ profiles on the iPod Classic would have made a huge difference.
    On other music players/sources this is possible, I love to save my own EQ's for each Headphone I own.

    The Brand should be aware by now that it's been long that people have started showing an interest in both, Headphones, and Quality results, adapted to their liking.

    And now Apple is coming out with their latest invention: The Line Out (Lightning) Headphones?

    This started happening many years ago !
     
  11. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    same, always, since my first ipod mini in 2004.

    Cleans up the sound nicely and results in crisp clear sound. It's pretty muddy on flat, treble booster should be the default setting IMO.
     
  12. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Treble booster. Unfortunately, the Pioneer deck in my car disables the iPod EQ when I connect it using the USB cable so I tend to just connect using the headphone cable to the AUX jack.

    Happens with my iPad/iPhone as well. Hate that it disables the setting. If I use Bluetooth, it's fine.
     
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    I use "Rock" for almost everything; best balance of lows, middles, and highs. For mono Beatles recordings, though, I use treble booster -- I'll never understand the so-called audiophiles who say the Beatles sounded better on their mono mixes because those mixes are too bass- and middle-heavy and have little to no high.
     
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Flat. I've always found that you lose overall volume with the eq on anything else
     
  15. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    Silly question, but what's the difference between "Flat" and "Off"?
     
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    Wow. Even though I use my iPod classic most days, this is a subject matter that I have given little or no consideration to.

    Yes, back in the 1990s, with a splendidly complicated and nicely constructed Sony 'stack' stereo set (the ones with radio, CD, and turntable), I used to twiddle for ages on the relevant settings in order to obtain the correct (or, more to the point, desirable audio settings).

    But - in recent years - I had forgotten all about this. A most interesting thread.
     
  17. jruschme macrumors 6502

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    Maybe it's my headphones, but I've been starting to play with the "Pop" setting and its nice midrange bump.
     
  18. iHenry thread starter macrumors member

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    I have found that the "Piano" setting works great with some Jazz tracks, (particularly Vocal Jazz) but, as said, I have not found the EQ that works best with most music genres.
     

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