I miss left and right VU meters most.
I think you'll find that's a Graphite Equaliser
Me too. . .
Amp; CDP; Turntable; Tuner; Speakers
I knew I should have just said ...a drawing of Edward....
And some things are more equal than others...
I think GE's got a bad name in the late 70's and early 80's from the audiophile community because they had somehow, and inextricably, become synonymous with 'tone adjustment' in mass produced commercial stereo systems. The great general public was now pretty much unaware of the 'primary' function of a graphic equalizer. Way back in the early days of wildly differing music and recording production standards, graphic equalizers were provided for the end user to 'equalize' the tonal frequencies in the listening environment, as the studio from which the LP was recorded and cut was not necessarily brilliant.
One album could sound vastly different to another. It was therefore important to adjust certain frequencies in order to reduce boom and high presence frequencies harmonically added because of room reflections etc.
It was, of course, less of a problem by the 70's as production methods, and mixing rooms were near reference, and of a standard, which meant equalizers were almost unnecessary from this time onwards, Or at the very least, you only needed to set it to the room equalisation once, and then forget it.
Today we tend to be more purist in our approach. High spec amp., with just Bass and Treble (2 'medium width Q' bands) tone controls, high quality speakers with reference curve response - with added warmth and colouration to taste, speaker stands, and correct placement, along with desirable furniture lay out, is the way to go.
I use multi-band fully parametric EQ, with filters, to mix with in the studio but that is purely for tonal adjustment of the actual sound, and not for room equalisation.
Very graphic answer.
Gathering dust, still have a Technics SH-8055 12 band equalizer with built in spectrum analyzer and pink noise generator.
Used to use 19" rack mounted 31 band equalizers, when I worked with live music P.A. systems.
Even Marantz had a 5 band graphic equaliser model on an amplifier (Model PM 440) I should know as I bought it in champagne gold. They tended to be popular on tower systems (Amstrad, Hitachi etc) not to mention the Ghetto Blasters. I had a decent Amstrad CD/Twin Casette Deck Portable with removable speakers that won an award in a Hifi Mag £199 price way back in 1987 and gave up the ghost in 2000. As the years went by the equaliser tended to cackle when being adjusted.
I used to have a Fisher Studio Standard CA-57 amp that had a 5-band graphic equaliser on it. It provided endless hours of fun and I actually used it a few times to tame the rough edges of particular records.
Amplifier was rubbish though.
Rega RP3/Elys 2 - Graham Slee Gram Amp 1 - Rega Apollo R - Exposure 1010 amp - Dynaudio DM2/6 - Chord Co. Chameleon VEE3/Rumour 2 - Musical Fidelity V90-HPA - Sennheiser HD595
Real 'Boys Toys' something modern stuff lacks IMO.
Graphic Equalizer = you have more control. No graphic equalizer = some one else is telling you what sounds best. I prefer the former.
Nice statement, simply got to agree with it. Best amp I ever had, Sansui AU666, had Bass, Treble, and Midrange controls. Maybe not classed as a graphic equaliser but did the same thing.
Is it true that GE's have a detrimental influence on modern amps?
That is one side of the argument and I am sure it is correct in terms of degredation of the signal, in that it changes the signal from the input to the output. But in terms of SQ, that is surely in the ears of the beholder. In any case, anecdotally, high end systems can play havoc on poorly recorded material. The main reason for that, is the poor input becomes a poor output, particularly when compared to well recorded music.
But if you can use a graphic equaliser or tone controls or play trim or any other means of tuning the output sound to improve the sound to your ear, then I say it is a good thing.
But, I also like the option of turning off or bypassing the graphic equaliser/tone controls etc. Again it is down to having a choice.
I'm still using a vintage Technics Stereo Graphic Equalizer SH-8065 in my home system, which is great for cleaning up old cassette tapes and LaserDiscs, of which I have many, for sentimental not aural reasons.
The beast has no sliders, but you draw your equalisation curve with a finger then record it to a preset.
I just never got around to removing it out of my rack at home really . . . . and The Wife thinks it creates a nice light show in the evening with all the flourescent bars dancing up and down.