A multi-band EQ is pretty simple once someone explains it. The left is low, the right is high. Just lock the left and right separately(in whatever pattern that you want, flat, curved, ect) and move them up or down to your taste. The beauty of multiple bands, is being able to fine tune the signals to match both your preferences and your speaker ranges. That is as lay as I can explain it, and I would ask those who critique the multi-band EQ to give it another go. You really have the same features, and most treble and bass settings are simply moving the left and right thirds/quarters of the same thing in a progressive pattern. Of course, there is a long and technical explanation too, but you don't want to hear it LOL.