Originally Posted by Kain
Thanks. Is the RS20i difficult to understand and use? Does it take some patience to know all its "ins" and "outs"?
My current main home theater is still in the DVD ages and my A/V receiver does not have any EQing capabilities. I was wondering if an RS20i would be overwhelming for me with all its features and options. Is it easy to run Dirac Live and get good results or does it take some "knowledgeable" effort(s) to get good results?
Well the first thing I would do is NOT read the manual. It's makes the unit look impossible to understand. But in actual fact I find it one of the easiest machines to use. It's menu structure is very logical and you can set it up in such a way that you or your family can select inputs tailored to yours / their requirements.
With in 5 mins of getting my RS20i plugged in and running I had set up the bass management, delays and spl levels. Really quite simple.
And Dirac itself is really easy to use. Gives you tip / instructions as you go. But. The Dirac pc software / dongle / mic measurement kit is not included in the price of the RS20i and is a chargeable extra at around £2500. But this included a training course.
With a basic knowledge of how to measure your room, like how you would with audyssey then you can make a very good job of calibrating Dirac.
With more experience and further learning of other tools such as Room EQ Wizard you can really maximise your results in calibrating your system.
If you are not particularly experience in room acoustics and calibration then I would highly recommend you get someone in to calibrate for you. At the end of the day if you are spending this much money on your processor you really should get the best out of it.
I have learned a fair bit about acoustics etc over the years but I would certainly not call my self an expert. This is why once my room is finally finished and I have finished adding things, I will be getting in Neil from Genesis UK to calibrate for me as I rate him as one of the UKs best and foremost home cinema calibrators.