Dang ... five minutes of intensive research down the drain ...
Either way, should still be a major improvement over what I had, and I only plan to use it for my home system anyway, so I guess I stumbled into something decent. AssUming it doesn't burst into flames when I plug it in. It is the "B" series, so I suppose I could have done worse. I flipped a coin as to whether to use the XLR or phone jack inputs - either way, I'd need RCA adapters. I went with the phone jacks mostly because the adapters were cheaper ... and the rest of the system is unbalanced so why complicate things? Feel free to tell me I screwed up there too.
** Sounds like you're familiar with the eq - any idea how old the thing is? I see they're still selling the same series new, but that doesn't mean much. Anything older than maybe 10 years and I'd probably want to do a full recap on the board and power supply just to be able to experience the thing in all its ... mundane glory. At the very least, I expect some DeOxit on the sliders would pay dividends.
I got the Dayton mike in the mail today ... spent the next half hour doing a shell game hunt for the configuration file on their website. I finally snuck in thru the back door using the link Parts Express has on their site. Here it is in case anyone else has the same problems finding it:http://www.daytonaudio.com/support-Emm.cfm
Oh. Speaking of parametric. I've got a McIntosh MQ104 to take care of the big lumps. I figure to run a curve without any processing, use the MQ104 to clean up the big spikes, then run another curve with that in line to see what's left for the Yamaha to deal with. In regards to the digital memory machines like the YDG-2030 you mentioned, one of things that I like about the Q2031 is the old skool sliders. I've got three "smart" eqs collecting dust on the bench that have gone south on me. Either they can't remember anything, or they make it up as they go along, throwing random settings every time I fire them up. My BSR14/14R is crapping at random again, which is what got me thinking eq again in the first place.