I don't - surely it means you haven't got the right amp or speakers or something else? Doesn't it?
Nope, mine stay as they are. But I do have to use the balance control, due to a rather big chair absorbing some of the sound and not having the room in the lounge to correctly position everything
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I don't either, mind you my amp hasn't got any................
I do, proudly.
Tone-control snobbery really winds me up! If a particular recording sounds better to you with a little more/less bass/treble than 100% neutral, then why not trim it accordingly using the controls provided by the manufacturer?
Would you leave all your TV picture settings neutral if you thought that the contrast was too high or it was slightly too bright in low light?
Oh, there's no snobbery JB - I just choose not to use them.
I don't have tone control so don't use them, however...
One thing you will notice as you buy better kit is that accurate reproduction of the original source isn't always a good thing!
A number of recordings seem to be mixed such that it's optimised for smaller speakers (were most people listen; on a radio, iPod, in a car) but they sound dreadful on a proper hifi, so sometimes the opportunity to tweak the sound to accommodate the mixing isn't such a bad thing
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Apologies, that wasn't directed at posters on this thread(!).... I've just heard/read many people go on about this in a with a completely blinkered attitude.
I generally don't use tone controls when i'm listening to music, but I'm a musician so there are times when I would want to isolate the bassline for transcribing needs for example, so I'd use them then. Ditto left and right balance controls.
My first proper amp (Creek Evo) didn't have any and my new one sounds great as it is.
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Once in a while when I want to annoy my parents with some hip-hop I might turn the bass up, but this is maybe 1% of my total listening. The rest of the times the amp stays on source direct, it sounds much better that way.
No tone controls here sir !!
Bryston pre-amp here... no tone controls; although it does have a never used balance control.
There are times, however, when listening to FM that the station sounds a bit hollow and adding some base would not be a bad thing.
Yep! Same for me , no tone controls, just a volume control and input/record selectors.
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Don't have any - but really want to get a sub as I feel some music needs more bass.
Personally, having just upgraded I miss my treble and bass controls. Although I now have a more refined sound, surely hi-fi is about being able to manipulate your system to produce the sound you aspire. Otherwise, we would not have all these cable debates, bi-wire/ bi-amp options, dacs and transports, pre and power amps or even the need and market for so many different sounding componenets? Truth is, not all songs in my catalogue work with my system as it is, but with a little tweaking could sound so much better. Given that I listen to such a varied collection of music I will never be trully satisfied with the sound on every song. That said however, is what makes this quest for the hi-fi holy grail so intriguing!
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