Would you use a digital EQ in your system to correct speaker/room problems?

Would you use a digital EQ in your system to correct speaker/room problems?
Already have one
15% (39 votes)
Planning to get one
9% (22 votes)
Thinking about it
25% (63 votes)
Not sure
21% (52 votes)
Don't like the idea
21% (52 votes)
Never!
10% (24 votes)
Total votes: 252

In last week's Vote, many readers reported that they had solved their speaker/room problems with a digital equalizer. What do you think about using digital EQ?

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COMMENTS
Frosty's picture

I think it's a good idea, but I don't do enough LISTENING to justify the cost. Most of the music I hear is background.

Travis Klersy's picture

I would be reluctant to use a digital eq, but I refuse to say never. I have very few placement options in my room, so if I had a response problem with a pair of speakers I really liked, I would consider it. I am, however, reluctant to use anything in the signal path, or that utilizes technology operating in the digital domain. I'll give this one a strong "maybe".

WalkerTM's picture

I heard a number of so called eq room correction systems. The improvements they made were not significant enough to earn my dollars.

Charles Chen's picture

Don't believe the technology yet. Better to dampen room at lower cost?

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn.View, CA's picture

I can clearly understand the benefit for mid and low bass applications. I can also understand the Digital EQ correcting for a system's on-axis or power anechoic response. When the cost is low enough that I won't have to give up too many meals in a row, I will seriously consider purchasing one.

Bram Hillen ( Holland )'s picture

I use the Tact RCS 2.0 room correction preamp. For me, listening without room correction is no longer an option!

KRB's picture

In my opinion digital EQ/room correction is "The Next Big Thing" in features for home audio. My car stero already has this feature, I would expect my home system would benefit from a little correction as well.

Marcos Augusto's picture

Stereophile should do a test report on the new Behringer Ultracurve Pro DEQ2496 digital equalizer, which, for a list price of $380, offers digital-EQ with 24-bit A/D and D/A, 31-band spectrum analyzer display, parametric EQ, etc. Too bad it is manufactured and sold only to the pro side of the business!

Stephen Curling's picture

When used correctly, an EQ can offer tremedous benefits and help eliminate the room acoustics that alter the sound. If used improperly then it's nothing other than a glorified tone control (which can be fun too I suppose).

Anonymous's picture

speaker yes, room no--can't be done.

Zeus Pontiac Thunderchild's picture

I use a Behringer Ultracurve, when required, to take out about 6dB in the 40Hz area. I have maybe 10 CDs (out of about 500) that appear to have been mastered by tone-deaf fools using $5 PC speakers. In my room, this results in my Revel F30s producing enough bass to make you feel ill. Main culprits are CDs with deep synth bass.

Daniel Emerson's picture

It would have to be a very very good equaliser or I wouldn't let it through the door.

Timothy O.  Driskel's picture

Maybe as an in-home demo but too much to drop just for testing it's viability in my system.

Late adopter's picture

I like to keep my system simple. Just another expensive box. Rather spend the money on better components or spend a little more time with speaker placement.

S.  Chapman's picture

I've never tried digital EQ and have heard mixed reports. Maybe I'll have an opinion after another couple of years.

John P.'s picture

Cost is the big barrier concerning digital EQ; later when techno trickle-down makes the prices go down some more, maybe or maybe not. My aging Rotel 7-band analog EQ works fine due to its high Signal/Noise ratio.

Pete Montgomery's picture

I consider EQs a band-aid fix. I like to keep the purest, simplest signal path possible.

Nick's picture

Digital EQ done right (ie, Tact) is one of those things that you might not think you need, but is hard to live without once you have heard how your system sounds with it.

Anonymous's picture

Only for 20-100 Hz

Scott Higgins's picture

Tried a Z-Systems digital EQ to tackle room modes and found it worthwhile at a fixed volume level, where various modes were energized

RC's picture

Hopefully prices will drop when more competiotion starts to show up.

Frank's picture

Can't live without it.

Al Marcy's picture

Waiting for a review of the Behringer DEQ2496.

Jerome Leventhal's picture

After over 30 years of switching speakers, amps, peamps, and front ends to get the accurate "sound" from my music system, I tried the Tact Audio room correction system two years ago. The system allowed me to see in graphic form what I was hearing in my room. With a push of a button, I was able to correct the objectionable sounds that I found that my room created.

Carl Dais's picture

you betcha...cost is and will be a factor

Denis Sbragion's picture

I have implemented one myself (see http://freshmeat.net/projects/drc/).

James D's picture

Will get one as soon as the high-rez formats can be processed without conversion. This is something I would spend big bucks on and not regret.

Graeme Nattress's picture

If you need digital EQ, then you've got the wrong speakers for your room.

john paul, auckland noo zillun's picture

The Behringer Ultra-Curve, although tricky to set-up and drive, is an incredible value system/software improvement tool.

Louis P.'s picture

Not going to digitize my phono signal!!! But if i ever heard a good demo of digital EQ, I would take another look.

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