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Do you adjust bass and treble?

I have listened to my music in Direct mode for years, so no adjustments in bass and/or treble. But last night I started to experiment with bass and treble adjustment a little bit. Turns out I like the sound of my bookshelfs better with the bass and treble on +1 (on a scale from 1-6). Just out of curiosity what are your experience with tone controls?

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Yes

Yes but can't remember levels. Always have done

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Every amp I've owned with

Every amp I've owned with tone controls seemed to need them so not to sound literally flat and boring, while every amp I've owned without tone controls didn't seem to need them. But I don't have any strong militant views either way. If it enhances your enjoyment, you go for it. 

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I used them on my last amp

I used them on my last amp which was a marantz pm57 but seems to make the sound worse on my current amp so use it in direct mode

 

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I’ve not had tone controls on

I’ve not had tone controls on my Hi-Fi for over thirty years and don’t miss them.  I do use the tone control on the Pure radio in the kitchen to make it less boomy on speech.

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No 

No 

My system is so balanced that i don't need to, if i need to it's those foam plugs or what ever they are called for the bass port or the room control to lower the bass

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Marantz

the Marantz amp has them, I do use them from time to time. Mainly when using the cassette deck.  

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The Marantz I’m using has 4

The Marantz I’m using has 4 settings for speaker response plus bass and treble adjustments. It’s to much choice and if I start fiddling with them I end up not listening to my music, for that reason I leave it on flat. 

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No ! never use them no need 

No ! never use them no need 

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Tone controls - no

Tone controls - no
DSP - definitely

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The Devialet sounds fine flat

The Devialet sounds fine flat. But the digital tone controls are useful for taming hot mastered recordings. 

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I suppose the better the amp

I suppose the better the amp the better the tone pots are gonna be but mine sounds fine on direct, really bassy when its meant to be and really good for acoustic and more chilled bass light tunes

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jimmy1 wrote:

jimmy1 wrote:

I suppose the better the amp the better the tone pots are gonna be but mine sounds fine on direct, really bassy when its meant to be and really good for acoustic and more chilled bass light tunes

or your speakers give you a good amount of bass which also the amplifier helps with the control but I like the sound natural as it comes 

I ones knew a person who I used to know but no longer with us but he was a big classical music fan and he never used the tone controls and he said to me ones that you wouldn’t find a violin with bass controls or a piano or any other classical instrument so why would you use tone controls the instruments should sound natural with there own natural bass weight and I’ve always remembered that so never use tone controls even though I have them .

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Nope Wink

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Blacksabbath25 wrote:

he said to me ones that you wouldn’t find a violin with bass controls or a piano or any other classical instrument so why would you use tone controls the instruments should sound natural with there own natural bass weight and I’ve always remembered that so never use tone controls even though I have them .

It's an old cliche that audiophile berate use of EQ, while enjoying its many benefit. Imagine EQ wasn't used in studios... Imagine guitar amps, electric guitars didn't have tone adjustment.

How we hear is not just dependent on gear used, but volume too. It's perfectly reasonable to use tone controls when there is a need.

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I add 1dB to the higher frequencies. Just adds a little more clarity at my listening level.

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