ADA Rhapsody Mach IV-B + TEQ-12:
First things first; a HUGE thank you needs to be expressed to Richard Stoerger of ADA and to Curt Hoyt of Trinnov for their help with my endeavor! This would not have been possible had Richard not agreed to let me borrow the TEQ for this. I would not have done nearly as well as I did had Curt not spent as much time with me as he did over the phone and via VNC to my unit. These two gentlemen helped me though this quite a bit and they are truly a couple of the best people I've met in this industry.
Thank you both.
Now, for my own subjective view of the Rhapsody/TEQ combo: It should come as no surprise that I like the Rhapsody, I've been a proponent of ADA here for years, as well I've been a dealer for their products for years because I believe in it. We've all pretty well covered the ins-and-outs of the Rhapsody in that particular thread, so I won't rehash info there. I will say that if I were to do something like this again using these two pieces, I would not zero-out the setup settings inside the Rhapsody: I'd let Trinnov work around them (I would disengage the PEQ)- in order for the Bypass test to be more accurate. I will openly admit that I have mostly positives for the TEQ, though there are some things I'd like to see imported (if they are already there, I'll apologize in advance to Curt and amit that I forgot where they are).
Let me start with what I'd like to see: limiters for each channel. My goal is to push my system and the systems of my clients to the maximum, then limit them to safely below that level- and keep them there. I figure that if I can't break the system, no one can
Limiters would be a great insurance policy for sensitive equipment and ham-fisted users. OK, so that's my biggest complaint with the TEQ; another small, nagging wrinkle is how compact the layout is: efficiency is great, but HOLY COW!! are those connectors close to each other (difficult to manipulate). As you can see, these are relatively small issues, and I know that chassis is not going to be redesigned.
Now that that is out of the way; positives include the GUI, Curt, the imaging that the TEQ is capable of, surround sound fields that take you into the scene, tremendous flexibility, and the ability to save several presets configured however I'd like them. There was some discussion today about multiple subwoofers, and Trinnov processing does do a good job of taming subs- it's other tools make utilizing those subs easier than it could be.
Once you get used to the GUI Trinnov uses, it is pretty easy to use whether you're a pro or not. Being a pro during calibration and interpretation is where experience with varying types of DSP proved to be helpful to me. Obviously, I've posted several other times that I was using for independent evaluation is the SMAART measurement software from Rational Acoustics- this helped me to do further tweaking to target curves to get the response as you see in the earlier post. And it never hurts to be able to contact Curt and actually get a response - whether in some text form or over the phone, you get him and his advice, and his tutelage.
The results are pretty noticeable immediately; the high frequencies get cleaned-up, there's less distortion- in the time domain and phase domain. Everything gets more "solid"; like the images you listened to before were more amorphous but you didn't know it. Prior to tuning this system with the TEQ, I didn't like to listen to multi-channel audio very much, now I don't turn the surround modes off! Dolby PLIImusic actually sounds quite good through this! VNC capabilities were really nice because they allowed me to collaborate with Curt in real-time while tuning; and that's a pretty cool lesson!
I've posted before how much I like the 3D remapping; I do, I love it- it completely transports me to wherever that particular scene took place. I've heard a saying " a big screen grabs people's attention, great audio keeps it!
Remapping is Trinnov's thing, and they do that thing very well.
Between the personnel of ADA and Trinnov, and the quality of their products, and the experience provided to the end user; I have a feeling that the Trinnov wave is beginning to swell.