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Is anyone else annoyed by audio modes like "music", "gaming", "movie", and other customisations with audio cards? I wish they would do away with them and just have accurate audio reproduction.

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They're usually just presets of the equalizer and reverb functions. You don't have to use them, they just give you starting points that you can then fine tune to what you want - or just do it all manually from the start.

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Accurate audio reproduction for what speakers?

 

Most speakers people have connected to a TV or computer or portable audio device are nowhere near flat responses.

 

Are they forcing you to use 'music', 'gaming', and 'movie' modes?

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https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frequency_response

 

People with lots of money like speakers (and entire systems) that have a flat response: they don't colour the source material. Except most audio is mastered with the intent of not being played on a flat setup. And humans tend to think something sounds better with the high and low frequencies pushed up: hence people paying money for things like Beats headphones.

 

So that's where most EQ presets will drift towards.

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plus, the idea of 'flatness' goes well beyond the choice of speakers.

 

you could have the best quality speakers in the world, but if you put them into a poor listening environment, for example, in a non-ideal position within a room of undesirable shape and materials -- then that environment will boost and cut certain frequencies.

 

the true point of an equaliser is to manually counteract for any screw ups introduced to the original signal via the playback device itself or the circumstances in which it is used.

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^ the above two posts. Plus the fact that one's ears, depending on various factors, don't have an even frequency and loudness response

 

Regarding eq'ing to 'fix' a room: acoustic problems need acoustic fixes, such as panels, traps, etc. This article answers the question.

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