Persons of the Dialogue
"Oh, I know how to use one of those," said Friend.
"Yes, but you don't use it!" said Student. "You should know that it can make all the difference between liking something or not. Don't you want to customize what you hear to your own taste?"
"Why should I bother with that? That's what they spend all that time in the recording studio for, to get just the right sound."
"But sound varies with environment. They use at least three sets of speakers in every recording studio I know of. And they settle for what sounds best across the three of them. You, on the other hand, have the luxury of optimizing for what you use and where you use it."
"And how do you think I'll know what's optimal?"
"You'll know because you like it best!"
Friend frowned. "It sounds like a colossal waste of time. You're telling me I can save an equalization setting for every song?"
"Some programs even let you change equalization throughout the song."
"I think I'd rather have no choice at all. Director, what do you make of this?"
"Well, it's like life. You're not happy unless you get a little more here, a little less there. So I would say being able to equalize is a good thing. But if you're happy right the way things are...." He shrugged to complete the thought.
Student jumped in. "I'm telling you, Friend, you'll find there are things you didn't know you like, if you set the frequencies the right way. Don't you want more good things in your life?"
"I don't have time to tweak."
"Oh, come on! You must sometimes. You need down time like the rest of us."
"I think," said Director, "the problem is that our friend here is a perfectionist and he's overwhelmed with the possibilities."
Nick Pappas, pappasnick.typepad.com