If you’re a “pure sound” (pardon my mirth) weirdo, please do not read this, or reply with a comment. This is a topic for people who don’t look on tone controls as an evil on a par with sacrificing babies, or find the idea of tweaking sound in itself repulsive (I may be doing you an injustice here, fentonsteve).
The equaliser in iTunes makes everything sound slightly worse, but it’s high-end hi-fi compared with the equaliser on the iPod touch, which turns everything it touches to mush, shrill and/or boomy. Over the years I’ve tried various apps which claim to enhance sound, and trashed them all. But a week ago I stumbled over Boom 3D at the Eel Market, and decided to give it a whirl. Imagine my excitement on finding it actually works, does what it says on the tin, and is a quantum improvement in sound from the external speakers/headphones attached to my Mac. Unfortunately you have to register to be able to transfer it to another device, which I am understandably loth to do.
The USP with Boom is the surround-sound option, for which they recommend headphones, but I’ve found it improves the sound so much the “surround” quality is secondary (and isn’t really there on external speakers). There’s a number of sound package options, most of which you won’t use, all of which can be tweaked by a really effective customisable equaliser, which in advanced mode gives you thirty individually adjustable points.
Listening to music (or movies – a startling improvement here, too – it’s not just an iTunes add-on) without Boom is like listening to something playing in the next room. After deciding it was a Good Thing, I went on-line for the reviews, which seem to conform to my own.
So my question to you is: do you fiddle with tone controls/equalisers with any degree of satisfaction? Or do you recoil in horror from the idea?