I am looking into getting a new (amp + parametric EQ) for the "fully upgraded" 3pi main speakers that I built and have been enjoying for the past 2 years. Audyssey MultEQ XT does an excellent job creating a flat response with all of the speakers and subs, but I prefer a slightly downward tilting frequency response curve for the main/center/surround speakers.
FYI...I am an "AUDIO FANATIC" and enjoy tweaking / experimenting / listening / measuring / etc... in pursuit of sonic bliss
(+) Crown XLS1000 is a solid amp, and MiniDSP Balanced is a versatile and powerful DSP unit.
(+) Going with separate amp/DSP adds the flexibility of using the MiniDSP on any amp.
(-) MiniDSP would require additional cables/connections that would need to be modified to
accommodate the phoenix terminal connections.
(+) Crown XTi 1002 is a slightly more powerful amp with built-in Parametric EQ processing (14 filters/channel).
(+) Integrated amp w/ DSP simplifies connections and reduces A/V rack "rat nest" with limited space.
(-) Lose the flexibility of using the DSP on any amp.
I'm open to all suggestions...
With my current setup I have zero fan noise or background hiss from my amps, and this is important to me as my equipment is only 8 ft from my listening position. The hard drive in my DVR currently generates the only audible background noise in my system (except for my XBOX 360 which sounds like it is going to take off when it is playing a disc
Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated.
[Main Home Audio/Video System Equipment List:]
Onkyo TX-NR709 A/V Receiver
(2x) 3pi "Fully Upgraded" speakers L/R
(3x) JBL Pro 8330 speakers C/LS/RS
(4x) Chase Home Theater SS-18.1 subwoofers
Yamaha P5000S amplifier (subwoofers)
Behringer A500 (mains)
Nady Audio DSM-1 SPL meter
REW Room EQ Analysis Software
Cross·Spectrum Labs- Calibrated Behringer ECM8000 Microphone