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Old 10-29-2013, 04:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Anyone have experience with both of these EQ systems? I'm building dual LMS 5400's and need a way to EQ them. I have owned a DD-15 and DD-12 so I'm familiar with the SMS-1, and find it pretty easy to use. It also rolls off at 5hz.

I'm completely clueless about the MiniDSP. Is it easy to use? Where does it roll off?

Is one better then the other or does it come down preference?

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Anyone have experience with both of these EQ systems? I'm building dual LMS 5400's and need a way to EQ them. I have owned a DD-15 and DD-12 so I'm familiar with the SMS-1, and find it pretty easy to use. It also rolls off at 5hz.

I'm completely clueless about the MiniDSP. Is it easy to use? Where does it roll off?

Is one better then the other or does it come down preference?

I've found it comes down to user preference. They both have extremely low roll off and are fairly straight forward to setup. I personally like the user interface better on the mini, and ability to set up a shelf, but chose to stick with dual SMS's for personal reasons.

I think you'd be content either way.

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Hi SeekingNirvana,

Here is user Lukeamdman's test of the MiniDSP's roll-off:

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1281290/minidsp/1890#post_23885524
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I've found it comes down to user preference. They both have extremely low roll off and are fairly straight forward to setup. I personally like the user interface better on the mini, and ability to set up a shelf, but chose to stick with dual SMS's for personal reasons.

I think you'd be content either way.

Your running duals? Is this so you can adjust phase independently?

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SMS-1:
- On Screen GUI
- 6 Presents
- Measuring Mic Included
- EQ Down to 15Hz
More complete all-in-one solution for the Beginner/Novice.

MiniDSP:
- EQ down to 10Hz
- Lots of options to choose from
- Still need a measuring mic
MiniDSP, when coupled with a calibrated measuring mic, is a bit more flexible.

Both are great at subEQ. I still have both, but the SMS-1 has been boxed up since I got my 10x10HD. I like it so much that I might break it back out when I hook my upstairs den up with some woofage.

Does anyone even sell the SMS-1 anymore?
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One of the biggest pluses of a the Mini is you can independently EQ 4 subs with the 2x4, or even 8 with 2x8. Each output has it's own 6-band PEQ, delay, gain, polarity, mute, etc.
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One of the biggest pluses of a the Mini is you can independently EQ 4 subs with the 2x4, or even 8 with 2x8. Each output has it's own 6-band PEQ, delay, gain, polarity, mute, etc.

That's a really nice feature! One of my subs is within 5' of MLP and the other is about 15'. So I will need the ability to set delay, maybe phase, and gain independently.

I'm thinking if I went with the SMS I would need 2 of them, one per sub. So that I had the adjustability.

With the Mini I need to use some type of EQ software? Like Omni or REW? Or does it have it's own? Also I would need a laptop right?

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The MiniDsp is definitely comparable with REW. Just pick up the Mic from MiniDsp as well. I believe that it is pre calibrated and connects via USB, so that should take a lot of the effort out of it. I also know that you can export filters out of REW into the MiniDsp.
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I am in the same quandary. Have SMS-1. Just installed 2 DIY SI HT18D4 subs in 4 cuft sealed boxes in front powered by Crown XLS1000 in a 2600cuft closed room. Did a quick measure with SMS-1 showing a significant roll off starting at 30hz. Need to boost the low end. I am also planning to use Anthem MRX300 with ARC. I am not sure ARC lets you boost low end therefore looking for an EQ for only to boost low end. Should I keep the SMS-1 & use it for the boost or get MiniDSP. Do I still need mic with the MiniDSP if I am already using ARC? Just want to also make sure that SMS-1 does not cause any adverse effects with ARC. If I use SMS-1 then I am guessing I should use SMS-1 first & then use ARC.

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