I currently have my Sony STR-DE425 hooked up to a pair of Definitive Pro Studio 450 speakers. When listening to music there is a distinct lack of bass. I currently listen to CD's through my Panasonic DVD-S47, though I've tried a number of different CD players, plus my ipod, and they all have the same lack of bass. Since I listened to the speakers in the store before I bought them, and they sounded really good, I assume it must be a problem with my receiver. My first question is why do you think this is? Why does this receiver put out a severe lack of bass? Is it because it's older, or because it's meant to be hooked up to a subwoofer? Is there a seeting that I don't know of that's off?
Anyway I can adjust my bass and treble controls to make it sound pretty good, but still I don't trust myself; I feel much better leaving the controls flat because I know that's correct 90% of the time. For this situation though, I can't leave them flat, so my question; is it better to boost the bass or cut the treble? I know in EQ during mixing it is better to cut than to boost, does that apply to music playback as well? To me the bass begins to sound muddy as I raise it, so I currently have the treble cut, but I don't trust myself, or my newbie ears. I want to make sure that by cutting the treble to raise the bass I'm not making a huge mistake.
P.S. I apologize for how long this post was. It was more of a stream of consciousness than it was a question I guess.