Originally Posted by NEO Dan
You guys are killing me, $300 gives you options on some real nice measurement gear. I recently bought a e-mu tracker pre from B&H for less than half the cost, leaving me a good deal of dough for a nice mic. Wait, I already have a nice mic
Holm and REW are... F-R-E-E
No worries - to each his own.
Just remember that time also has a cost (time = $$).
I have already gone way down the tweaker's route with my REW rig. Got plenty of help from smarter people and after the hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and hours (and did I say "hours"), I was intermittently able to generate decent enough graphs. As you say, I got these graphs for a somewhat minimal equipment cost, but, at great time ( = $$) expense.
Obviously some people are more tech-oriented and therefore can work through the sound-card - mic - pre-amp - laptop connections like pros. Apparently I'm not one of those guys, even though I've really tried to be.
So, for me and apparently several other people here, a true "plug & play" system like this Dayton or XTZ - though perhaps limited in all the tweakers glories - actually saves me $$ ( = time).
I actually envy and appreciate others who can efficiently navigate the connections and the software idiosyncrasies and the laptop updates and firmware upgrades needed to REW.
But, at the end of the day, I'm glad to pay some extra $$ to save a lot of time ( = $$). Because, at the end of the day, I just want to sit down and actually measure my system - not go through a million hoops and hassles, and often not actually get to measure/worry my measurement is "correct" due to several still mysterious reasons why it wouldn't be!
So, have a blast tweaking and I'll have a blast not tweaking - and both of us will be happy about the money and time ( = $$) we didn't spend.