Tako wrote:JoeE SP9: My posts don't have a tone at all (and IF you are so annoyed by a "tone" why adopt such a hostile way of argueing yourself?) , there is nothing written between the lines, there is no conspiracy, I am just a guy with an above average (cost-wise similar to the stuff you list in your sig after a "downgrade" from MUCH more expensive gear if that makes you feel any better about my experience with high end stuff ) stereo system who sometimes wonders if he might have been conned into buying stuff he doesn't need, which, unfortunately I see happening all the time with other people/products, which is why I have to assume it could happen to me too. I went out of my way to specifically state underspeccing IS NO BIG DEAL again and again, I NEVER said I am the fountain of knowledge, I NEVER said you are the victim of advertising and I NEVER said I know what's best for you, but somehow you distill all of this and much more from the "tone" of my messages , that is a form of communication that is not just counterproductive, but also completely alien to me, hence me withdrawing myself from this discussion.
I'm sorry that you feel you've been "conned". That helps explain an attitude of trying to "warn" others. Be assured I haven't been "conned". I suspect that most other posters here haven't been "conned" either.
I went through a period when I thought that the specs of gear was the be all end all. A bench full of unused test gear is testament to that. As I aged I realized that a lot of the gear with great specs simply didn't sound good to me in the long term. Now I rely on my ears. If my ears are happy so am I. I'm not interested in ABX or double blind testing. Been there done that! I've got nothing to prove and really don't care if others are impressed or not.
What's important to me is that my female friends really like the way my system sounds. In my experience when females ask for music and more volume your system sounds good. So, I'm a happy camper.
On the EQ thing; I tried many different EQ's and other sound enhancement devices over the years. I still have an LP of test tones that I used with a Radio Shack SPL meter and an ADC equalizer in 1980. Eventually those kinds of things were dropped. For the past 15 years I've been fortunate enough to have a dedicated treated room for audio. Even so I had problems with bass. The addition of a digital parametric Eq, new microphone and some software has enabled me to fix the bass irregularities.