I have a pair of headphones - it doesn't matter which exactly. I read some overviews and technical reviews and find out that some frequencies are "unbalanced", like the middle range may sound more quiet than it should, or too loud basses, etc.

I assume that for at least each headphone model some technical guy may create a sound profile, which may be directly applied to system-wide equalizer, so that I will listen to the music compositions in a way that they should sound.

Are there any means to acquire such profiles from anywhere?

Example: https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/audio-technica/ath-anc9

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    The link you provided already has response curves. What's wrong with inverting those for your repro? – Tetsujin Oct 29 '18 at 18:36

That's generally not how things work. Headphones are like an extension of your ears. Your brain is always adapting the information that it receives from your ears in order to allow you to perceive a particular spectral response. If you have a particular reference recording you know well, just spend time listening to this recording through the headphones and your brain will quickly adapt to the new spectral response from the headphones.

If you are finding this process tiresome or stressful, then you probably are listening through headphones with particularly pronounced spectral peaks. This is why some headphones are easier to listen to than others. Some headphones preference the dialogue range particularly.

It is not necessary to listen to output material through an equalizer as your brain will be immediately 'equalizing' the sound upon reception. Just Listen.


I usually use pink noise and adjust band per band, counter-equalizing the device I'm calibrating for. I listen to the noise while moving each band up and down, untill I feel like it's balanced. Then I apply this correcting equalization when I mix/listen to music.

I also don't believe in burn-in, it has been proven a myth


I've heard that playing white noise through them for extended periods of time will help "break them in," given that white noise encompasses every frequency across the spectrum. Worth a shot.

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