Originally Posted by AVSF458
I think the real question is: can a digital signal path employing state-of-the-art MultEQ32 room correction, bass management, etc. match, or beat, a pristine analog-only signal path using very good components? This is a very difficult question to answer, and depends on other factors, like your listening room and its treatments. The only way I know would be to audition both systems in your home and make a decision.
Hi Jerry if you are in Plano any Time please feel free to come over for an audition. I can use some expertise on how to set up the best listening environment in my room without upsetting the wife ;-) ;-).
Hey, Neal, if you mean me, then thanks for the kind invitation. I don't get up that direction too often, so I don't know when we might meet.
As far as which of your two examples would win out, only careful listening tests combined with objective measurements will tell. It is a debate that has come up many times before, and surely will continue into the future.
In my case, even though I have expended a lot of effort on careful room treatments, automated room correction continues to add significant improvement. My primary interest is music, and it is much easier to hear improvements when listening to music than when listening to movies.