Equalizer Question

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dean Thomas, May 2, 2002.

  1. Dean Thomas

    Dean Thomas Auditioning

    Apr 29, 2002
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    I have a high end Technics receiver powering a 5.1 system with older Advent speakers. The sound of the system isn't bad, but I would like a little more tonal control for music.
    What are the pros and cons of equalizers? I know not to use them during home theater modes, but I also have an experience where an older EQ blew the driver in my sub (couldn't have been a coincidence).
    Should I match brand to my receiver or skip the thing all together?
  2. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

    Dec 9, 2001
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    I would stay away from EQ'ing anything, just tweak the tone controls 1~2db, that's it.

    I should say that I do EQ my sub, but that's necessary in my case.

    Good Luck!
  3. RobertSchaez

    RobertSchaez Stunt Coordinator

    May 1, 2002
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    I know this is a "Hi Fi" no no, but go for it. Get a decent E.Q.(I don't think matching it with Technics brand is a must) with 7-10db of boost and have fun. I have an old Audio Source 10 band I use to help out at 30hz and 16khz on occasion. However, a different set of speakers may be a better solution, if it is in your budget.

  4. Brian L

    Brian L Cinematographer

    Jul 8, 1998
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    Do a search of all open forums for the word AudioControl and one for the word Bijou. You might also search for BFD (that is for the Behriunger Feedback Destroyer).

    You will find some posts by me, and a bunch more by Wayne F. He is quite the authority on EQ.

    There has been lots of discussion about the pros and cons. I totally disagree with those that say not to use one, although YMMV.

    In particular, I think it is VERY difficult to get proper bass response without EQ. I personally use a Audio Control Bijou, which is a 6 channel EQ, with 1/6th octave bass control. Even 1/6 octave is not always fine enough, but it can help a great deal.

    In my set-up, it also does a great job of matching the timbre of the center to the main L&R.

    Good Luck,

  5. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Aug 5, 1999
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    I’m glad you already know not to use a regular stereo EQ for home theater use (at least if it is connected across tape monitor loops).
    I hope this doesn’t offend you, but it would be “operator error” if an EQ blew a driver. People who don’t really know how to use equalizers usually boost the highs and lows to the max, whether or not it is actually needed. This can indeed burn out drivers at high listening levels.
    I’ll second Robert’s advice that you don’t need to “match brands” when buying an equalizer.
    I’ll have to go “splits” with Brian, two thumbs up for AudioControl and “ix-nay” for the Behringer Feedback Destroyer. I wouldn’t use the BFD for anything but a sub; by most accounts it’s too “grainy” for use with mains, no doubt the product of its low-end A/D - D/A converters.
    AudioControl is the premier brand for consumer equalizers IMO; you can’t go wrong with any of their products. But as it goes with any top-flight product, they aren’t cheap. However, for a simple 10-band EQ that is connected across a tape monitor loop, you don’t need a high-end product, especially for a modest system. A reputable-brand product in the $100-150 range will do nicely (you could safely go a little cheaper if it has less than 10 bands).
    A month or two ago I posted the following on another Forum in response to a fellow who was trying to figure out how to use his 10-band EQ. Maybe you will find it useful:

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