Digital Room Correction (DRC) discussion

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by philipmorgan, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. IUONA

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    What would be the simplest option to insert between digital outputs and an amp, that’s relatively cheap? It’s just TV and occasional music into a couple LS50s in my living room. The Yamaha receiver I’ve got has their proprietary room correction, but it’s...meh, so I’m curious about exploring other options. Considering I’m nifty at building electronics & have a basic understanding of programming, I‘d be fine with less plug & play options.

    The miniDSP stuff looks great, but are there other decent options at or under the cost of one of their boxes with Dirac?
     
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    Nope

    also, depending on which yamaha you have, you may be able to do a fair amount of customization. I have the rx-a3080 and I can customize the PEQ for each speaker

    I also have a minidsp with Dirac and it can really help too, but use it in a different room.
     
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    lol I genuinely appreciate simple answers, like, “Nope.” Thank you.

    I’ve just got an RX-V685 so it lacks some advanced features. The amp & functionality itself suits me fine for TV and occasional music, though. The room correction is okay. I just know I could get better sound if I actually invested in a decent separate DSP with something like Dirac.
     
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    Something to think about then, is your source. The minidsp wants certain inputs and will output analog rca. You have the receiver, but what’s the source that will feed the minidsp? Will the TV be the source with its optical out? That should work. You can also set up multiple memory settings that you can change with a simple Apple remote. If you go that route and decide you want a remote, I have extras, though you will need to buy a battery.
     
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    Yes, it’d be straight from my TV optical out, since that seems most practical given everything I’ve got set up (I don’t understand why my girlfriend wants my Apple TV 4K, a Roku 4K, and a Firestick 4K all at once, but it’s fine...)

    So if I’m understanding right - the miniDSP box would simply receive the optical input, apply any the Dirac/room corrections I’ve applied to it after using their measurement mic, and then pass on an analog signal to my receiver/amp? Would it use the older Apple remote, or the new slim one? And, what would I need to control with the remote anyway? Selecting different correction filters, selecting inputs, what?

    Please forgive my ignorance, I’m just not up to speed on this stuff beyond briefly looking through miniDSP’s website and a few random articles about all of the potential uses. I’m just looking for a simple solution I won’t have to fuck with all the time after I’ve set it up, ideally.

    Thanks for you help, man!
     
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    Yes, optical into the minidsp unit and then to your amplification. The remote and its functions are mentioned on the website https://www.minidsp.com/products/accessories/ir-remote. i don't see what you mean by apple remote or new one
     
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    For the most part, you will use your Yamaha remote (or whatever remote you might use). You can use a remote to switch presets on the DSP, so if you have one for home theater and one for music, you can easily switch.


    Apple remotes were very prolific at one time, the white ones, so a few companies like MiniDSP leveraged them, and so you can use this remote for some basic operations. I forgot miniDSP sells one for $5, which is very reasonable.
     
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    Thank you all for clearing that up for me. Overall, a miniDSP box with Dirac seems like the most elegant & relatively affordable solution available right now.

    It’s an SBAF thing, but I legitimately appreciate being taken seriously (when I actually ask something that’s not sarcastic), rather than anyone just talking to me like I’m a dumbass because I don’t know something or ask simple questions.
     
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    everyone here assume everyone is a dumbass, including ourselves. We just answer questions 'cuz (NOT cause) we are bored.
     

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