It's doubtful that Harmans in-room curve looked much better before smoothing. It's not hard to come up with valid critique of this product, before anyone accuses me of running a defence.If a $5k product *begs* for *major* EQ, in my opinion it is a flawed design. This frequency response out of the box in a $5K product is a joke, and I doubt there has been much worse on this website:
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You *did* mention in your conclusions you wished they'd done a better job for "out of the box" sound. To me - I think that is a mandatory requirement to command the price tag. I did mention I was sorely disappointed when I got my Stax stuff back in the day. And I wonder how many people that use the headphones go and EQ them for accuracy.
Again, my point is made respectfully. I know there is a a Stax cult out there, and all my posts on this website show I completely approve of personal choices.