Originally Posted by awediophile
Anyway, I now have a new problem. I miss Dynamic EQ very much, even despite its own quirks like excessive surround boosting.
TBH this surprises me. As you clearly know what you are doing with manual EQ, why do you miss Dynamic EQ so much? If you create a 'Harman curve' (the one that research shows is most universally preferred, with a gentle downward slope from LF to HF) chances are you won't miss DEQ at all. And if you do, then why not create a few curves with your own inbuilt loudness compensation, to cater for different listening levels you may use from time to time?
When I switched over to Dirac Live, I wondered if I too would miss DEQ. I even had heated debates with friends claiming that it was 'necessary'. However, in reality I have not missed it in the least. Now it is true that I tend to listen at the same SPL almost all the time, but Dirac had no way of knowing that, and yet the response is superb. And I know I can speak for Jerry too, who also uses DL and has not missed DEQ either - and, interestingly, he usually listens at levels quite a bit below my own. And he is using the same target curve as I am too.
Quoting from Sean Olive's article, linked below:
"A flat in-room target response is clearly not the optimal target curve for room equalization. The preferred room corrections have a target response that has a smooth downward slope with increasing frequency. This tells us that listeners prefer a certain amount of natural room gain. Removing the rom (sic) gain, makes the reproduced music sound unnatural, and too thin, according to these listeners. "
So I am wondering if you are not so much missing DEQ as having set up for a curve which doesn't meet your preferences? Have you used a 'Harman' type curve?
For info, this article by Sean Olive
gives very useful background info.
This is the general shape of the Harman curve:
And this is the comparison of different curves, from different EQs, showing the Harman Curve as the most preferred.
One of those curves is Audyssey XT - can you guess which?