Originally Posted by BigLouis1971
Exactly what problem will the Minidsp solve? Newegg has those Polks at 99.99 + 1.99 shipping and you're starting to make them look attractive. I think that I'll get two of them, one in August, the other in September.
With a Minidsp 2x4, and advanced 2 way plugin, which is what I have, plus a measurement microphone, and the free REW software, you can measure your rooms bass response, and REW will calculate the ideal eq, including the frequency, the +/- gain and the Q (the Minidsp has a PEQ so it's much more sophisticated than your normal graphic eq). The Minidsp has 6 bands of PEQ on each of the two input channels, and 6 more on each of the 4 output channels. Your bass will be much more accurate sounding than ever before. In my case, I'm using both inputs, and 3 of the 4 available outputs, so I have 12 band available, but didn't need all 12 bands. You can also add a house curve, which I did, using a low shelf 6db boost at 40hz.
No matter how expensive the sub, its response is still dictated by the rooms acoustics, so without any room correction, a high dollar sub, or better yet subs, are a waste of money in many applications.
Now, 2-3 high dollar subs plus the Minidsp and REW would be even better, but on a budget, I recommend allowing $200 for the Minidsp, plugin and mic, and whatever left on the subs over spending the whole wad on just a sub.