I'm not talking about the factor "bass in your stomach", which is an additional perception when you listen to music.

Also on headphones (so no body involved): systems with enhanced bass (from Loudspeakers to Flat Monitor) gives to me "better music".

But this "improvement" is due to what? Am I changing the content (thus the timbre) of the piece/instruments, since I'm manipulating the spectrum via different frequency responses? Or, if the content stay unaltered, what's the reason why I prefer enhanced bass?

closed as off-topic by Dave, Todd Wilcox, Richard, Doktor Mayhem Nov 17 '17 at 23:25

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is not about performance or practice, it is only about listening. Maybe it belongs on Music Fans? – Dave Nov 15 '17 at 14:30
  • @Dave Victor Wooten, for one, would say that listening is an integral part of making and understanding music. Should we exclude this topic from this site? I'm not saying no, and I'm not saying yes. – Ye Dawg Nov 15 '17 at 20:38
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    As written this question does not make that connection to critical listening as part of musical practice. – Dave Nov 15 '17 at 21:03
  • @YeDawg - Every musician agrees that listening is an integral part of making and understanding music , (Beethoven did plenty of listening before he went deaf) but that's not all there is to listening. The vast majority of listeners are non-musicians who listen to music for pleasure. As stated, this question has nothing to do with making and understanding music but listening in general and the OP's enjoyment of music. It does not belong here. – Stinkfoot Nov 16 '17 at 2:55
  • @Stinkfoot I mentioned Mr Wooten because in his book, listening was explicitly one of his ten pillars of music. And i agree, not all questions about listening are valid here. I just saw Dave's comment as saying: this is about listening, which directly makes it invalid. – Ye Dawg Nov 16 '17 at 6:50

This is like preferring to view paintings using your own not-actually-white lighting, or always eating with significant levels of salt added. You are still viewing the same paintings with the same details, but they are accentuated in a different way.

Now your perception will adapt with usage. Since you don't have the option to do that for live music or when listening with others, you are setting yourself up for disappointment in that manner.

For a lot of popular music, the bass is alone in occupying lower frequencies, so turning up those frequencies (in contrast with turning up the bass instrument when mastering which would also involve all of its overtones) does not particularly affect the transparency of the mix, how much instruments are blotted over by other instruments. It does affect the tonal balance of the bass itself regarding the amount of overtones and the volume across its range.

  • But "details" come from what I see/hear. Doesn't accentuate them, change them automatically? – markzzz Nov 16 '17 at 16:55

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