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Hi,
I have a DAC without volume control (EE Minmax Dac Plus) and a 2 channel Rotel power amp. Currently I have an AVR in between to add DSP and Volume control. I wanted to remove the AVR from this mix and only add an Equalizer between the DAC and Power amp for my stereo listening.

Question I have - is there a place for an Equalizer as it seems to have faded away with time?
Also, please recommend me one?

If no Eq, what are my options for a volume controller between my DAC and Power amp?

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Hi,
I have a DAC without volume control (EE Minmax Dac Plus) and a 2 channel Rotel power amp. Currently I have an AVR in between to add DSP and Volume control. I wanted to remove the AVR from this mix and only add an Equalizer between the DAC and Power amp for my stereo listening.

Question I have - is there a place for an Equalizer as it seems to have faded away with time?
Also, please recommend me one?

If no Eq, what are my options for a volume controller between my DAC and Power amp?

FWIW I have a Rane 30 band 1/3 octave eq following my DAC and preceding the line input of my digital headphones.

If I was using speakers and didn't have an AVR with its own eq,, the DAC would be left in place and drive an amplifier and then off to the speakers.
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If the DAC output is too high, a passive preamp is desired- just a Pot.
If DAC output is low, then equalizer ( active with gain ) is useful.
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Yes, in the setup you describe the proper place for an eq is after the dac, and should offer potential improvements for practically any system.

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Thanks for advice.

Please share your recommendations of good equalizers - make/model.
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Thanks for advice.

Please share your recommendations of good equalizers - make/model.
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Unfortunately the equalizer I use in this application (Rane MQ 302) has been out of production for a long time. I wouldn't recommend buying one even as used equipment unless it can be checked out thoroughly - it is that old!

The MQ 302 also a pro-audio device with balanced inputs and outputs and not an RCA jack in sight. Of course that is easy to work around with some inexpensive adapters.

In fact most of the really good equalizers come from pro audio sources. I suspect that Behringer is the source most widely used in home audio because of their attractive price/performance. Right off the top of my head I've heard a lot of good things from friends and on the web about the DEQ 2496. There are several less costly models that are sold as feedback eliminators but that are actually very good multiband parametric equalizers.
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