Originally Posted by Ckubs
Quick question. I have a umc 200 and just ran emoq for the first time to try it out with a new pair of goldenear speakers i just got. the sound it created was awful and extremely loud. I am used to loud but this was like ear hurting loud. i dont plan on ever doing it again because it came up with insane results. Im just wondering if this emoq calibration can cause damage to my new speakers.
EmoQ is hit or miss. About 90% of the time it's been miss for me on setting speaker distances & sizes, but the eq it does is a little more effective. It could be that the eq it's doing is interacting with the speaker levels you set with the test tones, both increasing the gain and making it sound louder. I would now go through and, with the EmoQ correction turned on, re-run the Test Tones and reset your individual speaker gains using an SPL meter.
It could very well be that you simply need to get accustomed to different volume level settings on the UMC200. You mentioned new speakers - are they significantly more efficient than those they replaced?
Also, EmoQ often turns out better results the 3rd or 4th time you run it. You might try making small adjustments to the mic location and running it again until you get one that sounds 'right' to you.
Or get REW and a UMIK-1 and use that instead of EmoQ. I finally took the time to sit down with REW last weekend and the difference is pretty substantial. It has a bit of a learning curve, and it takes more time, but if you really want to make the UMC-200 sound great, REW is the way to go. It's very powerful and free (though you'll need to buy a mic).
In the past, with my NHT speakers I preferred the Flat setting. Then I upgraded to B&W speakers and still preferred the Flat setting. A couple months ago I built some MTM speakers across the front and preferred the EmoQ results while I let them break in a bit. This weekend I ran REW a couple times and the second set of filters I got out of it sounded great in my room. Best it's sounded down there.