Any benefit to an external equalizer?

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I have a Flex 6500.  Maybe it's because I miss knobs or I am just looking for another toy, but I keep wondering if there would be any additional benefit gained by getting an external audio equalizer like the ParaPro or W2IHY units? In particular, I am  wondering if it would be of any help on bandwidths for CW?  
Happy Holidays and 73, Bob
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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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Rick - N4RZ

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I used a 6500 and a W2IHY 8 band equalizer for awhile.   They work good together, however you can obtain the same results by using the equalizer built into SmartSDR.   The only advantage I saw in the W2IHY device was that I could use a lower mic gain setting than without it.   
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Depends on the type EQ.  If you know how to use one, and they are not easy to use correctly, a 3 or 4-band parametric can provide a more granular tailoring of the input audio signal.
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Bob Gerzoff, WK2Y

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Live and learn again.  I had to Google parametric and find out the difference between a graphic and parametric equalizer.   I wasn't even thinking that much about the input signal as I was the received signal.  Thanks for the heads up.
Bob
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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For RX, I like a flat response because I have speakers that have a flat response curve and I don't care for any unnecessary preemphasis to the signals I am listening to.  Luckily, after playing in a rock band for 5 years,  I do not have any frequency range hearing impairment that would require boosting frequencies to overcome the deficiencies.  I'm sure that my time will come, though.
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I know the feeling. I have  built-in CW filters in both ears.
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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I usually use the built in RX EQ on SSB set to flat, until I get a weak station with poor articulation, then I boost the RX EQ to enhance the articulation frequencies a bit (1,2 & 4 K) and drop the higher and.ower frequencies as needed.

If the other station will not properly EQ his/her mic to be effective for weak signal operation, I will do it for them by way of my RX EQ...

I do use the RX EQ a lot on CW, raising 500 Hz to max and dropping all others to zero. This aids noise reduction, at least for MY ears. I use 500 Hz Center frequency on. CW, so it is a perfect match.
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You may want to look at some of the processors used by broadcast stations. They not only make you sound great, but also significantly increase your effective power. Things like downward expander, de-esser, etc. make a huge difference. You can either buy a hardware box or software.