The problem with the idea that people don't need tone controls on good equipment is that often the software isn't as good or uniform as it can be. Case in point; "Beautiful Mind" compared to and "John Q." Now, leaving aside the relative merits of the movies, the voice sound track in John Q is amazingly clear and lifelike. "Beautiful Mind" has voice sounds like they are filtered through a pillow. This has nothing to do with the equipment someone uses. But it does mean that my 5 presets (full equalization for all channels independently) on my Sony TA-E9000 come in VERY useful to deal with these soundtrack differences. We all know the edict that the speaker response should be flat in the listening environment across the frequency range, but this does not address differences in soundtracks. It assumes uniformity in soundtrack presentation, which is not the case. For that, equalization methods are sometimes needed. We haven't even addressed the relative sound LEVEL differences in soundtracks either. And I don't mean dynamic range as much as level differences on things like voices which would not vary on average IF producers implemented uniform mastering of DVDs. But as previously implied, tone controls or equalization in home theater processors and receivers MUST be discrete and available to all channels individually and must NOT only work on all channels or none.