Originally Posted by DDigitalGuy05
I was wondering if anyone here in avs forum uses a better eq than the one built into "modern" receivers?.
I'm asking is because,i'm still not use to the eq that is built into so called "flag ship" 1121-k receiver, it sounds decent but it's missing some thing.
I know it has to do with room acoustics and such but on my last receiver that i had Elite 92 txh,the receiver had very nice depth to the sound and good low end. The 1121 k is missing the oomph and it sounds dull. So if i got a 9 band eq from Behringer model minfbq will i get better sound from built in eq?.
I have done just that with my 5.1 setup at home. I use to have a receiver w/ basic built in EQ and then upgrade to a Cambridge 650R - sounds great for the price; a really audio quality aimed receiver but there is no EQ at all! Surprising for 21st century. There is Bass & Treble which is simply +/- dB from 100Hz for bass and 10k for treble BUT that doesn't work if you run DIRECT IN which I do as I run 5.1 Analogue direct in from my Cambridge 751BD Blu Ray.
I have implemented 2 x KlarkTeknik (Midas own this company now) DN360 Professional EQ's
These are 30 band graphic EQ's (analogue). So 1/3 Octave and +/-6dB / +/-12dB settings you can switch between as well as bypass.
I find this is the best way to achieve the EQ you want for your PRIMARY listening preference.
I looked into other brands & even trialied a pair but the results were a lot of noise (not ground hum) but hiss. Analgoue introduces a lot of white noise & when putting between digital home theatres & components the results can be very poor & the background silence actually has slight background hiss. Unless you're prepared to pay for a good EQ.
The DN360's retail here in Australia at $1999 each at the time I purchased. I managed to score a deal directly at a pro audio event for floor stock they were needing to flog. They are right up there in the Professional audio world. This is cheap actually for Pro and are used in PA's around the globe, touring and also studios because of their high quality. In the pro world they are mass produced.
The result is incredibly low signal noise & hiss. i.e. you can't hear anything from 1 meter away and exceptional tone control. Best investment I have ever made to change my sound. I have absorbsion panels, bass traps etc but for my LEFT, CENTER & RIGHT speakers this is the best way to get even, flat response for all 3 channels when watching movies which was my goal.
How I have connected
Cambridge 751BD analogue RCA out to Cambridge 650R in.
650R analogue RCA out (5.1) SL&SR straight to Emotiva XPA-5 amp (no EQ on surrounds), Sub straight to Velodyne DD18 sub, L, C, R convert from RCA to XLR to 2 x DN360 EQ's. (only have 2 channels each so needed 2)
L, C, R XLR out from DN360 EQ's, inputted via XLR connections to XPA-5 amp.
In my previous home (where I can have it closer to reference level) I set the EQ for L, C, R to what is known as the X-curve but running pink noise through it and using a calibrated mic. Doing this 1 channel at a time.
for listening / reference level. Happy to discuss why I did this.
The result when demo-ing to myself and others was a very cinematic sound. Really crunchy not the annoying tinkling of glass piercing your ears normally found when winding the volume up without EQ. It literally sounded cinematic becuase speakers used in cinema typically roll off from 5k, 10k etc. Check their specs; they are often +/-10dB at say 12k. To me watching something at reference level lost the "loudness" and sounded FULL with incredible vocal breadth and depth instead of just twinkling clarity to the ear. You can get so much more out of your speakers than just buying new, more expensive ones. If your room isn't good you a good, flat response it will be colouring the sound and you won't be hearing what the studio mixer of the movie/music intended.
Sorry so long. Hoping someone else has played around like this here???