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    Question A graphic Equaliser for music instead of hearing aids?

    AFAIK no hearing aids are much good at music reproduction so I've been experimenting with a graphic equaliser for serious music listening on headphones. My audiologist informed me my loss is pretty linear from above 500hz so I've been experimenting with boosted frequencies up to 6 Khz. No point in going beyond that as 6 khz is about the limit of hearing these days.

    But I have found delving into graphic equalisers a bit puzzling as there is very little reviewing of them on the net and discussions are generally about their use for PA. not quality music listening. Most audio purists throw up their hands in horror at their use, something very silly as all sorts of gadgetry like this is used in making recordings in the first place.

    There is varying praise for some of the Hi-fi units used in the 1980s and I have used a Pioneer from that era in a system here with some success. However I have drawn blanks on trying to discover any knowledgeable discussion on the many other units from that era. And I'm uncertain if some of these with limited controls are as effective as more modern 15 band or even 31 band graphic equalisers.

    Anyone else experimented with graphic equalisers for serious music listening? And I'm wondering if a graphic equaliser and headphone might be better than ear hooks for TV viewing. More experimentation ahead!!

    BTW last February (on advice from a poster here) I paid for an AUMEO personal equaliser for use with portable gear but it has not surfaced yet.

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    I've been looking for a software stereo graphic equaliser for use with Android and Windows 10. All the software graphic equalisers I've seen just have one set of sliders that control the left and right channels together. As the frequency response of my ears is quite different I think I would benefit from an equaliser for each channel.
    That AUMEO personal equaliser looks interesting.
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    Hi,

    so far Iīve only used the graphic equalizer of Audacity with success. This works fine (as long as you attenuate the whole track before equalizing, you get distortion if you donīt).

    All other software-eqs sounded bad.

    As my hearing aids sound pretty good, I usually donīt make the effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patgreen View Post
    That AUMEO personal equaliser looks interesting.
    Ironically they contacted me late yesterday to check the address so 2 of them are finally on the way.

    I had another music loving but hearing challenged friend in mind and that is why I bought two. However he is loathe to part with money so I might either keep them both for myself of offer them FS elsewhere. I'll post up about them when they arrive and have been set. My audiologist kindly offered to set them up for me so I'll take him up on that. But it could mean resetting or eliminating the two graphic equalisers I have in two systems now. I might move one graphic equaliser into another system used for listening to TV (I have an audio feed beside me where I sit) and use headphones rather than the fiddly ear hooks.

    But of course the AUMEO units are designed for portables so will most likely be used there. I recently acquired a SONY ZX100 and can hear the improvement in AQ over the A series (which are very very good) so my hearing is not completely shot, just seriously challenged sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Um bongo View Post
    Being a natural born cynic, it sounds like snake oil to me.
    Sure raised a bunch of money on kickstarter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by louyo View Post
    Being a natural born cynic, it sounds like snake oil to me.
    Sure raised a bunch of money on kickstarter.
    Using acoustic reflexes like that is quite revolutionary - they are used for neo-natal screening now. I think there are a few % of people who don't have them though.

    Definitely not snake oil though.
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    http://www.forbes.com/sites/jlim/201.../#2b3b8c6942d5

    while it may not be snake oil I would not shell out $400. (base price) on any headset unless I was earing a living with them (but I am sure it would be worthwhile for others)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Um bongo View Post
    No, missed that thanks. Long wait but maybe worthwhile. I've subscribed.
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    Don't use analog GEQ for this. Their dB range is too low and their noise is unbearable.

    With my Behringer DEQ2496 and Sennheiser HDA280 headphones (MPO:146dB) I have much better sound quality than my hearing aids are able to produce. Remember, hearing aids are no HiFi equipment.
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