[reusing this thread and not asking newer question in new thread]
If I were to buy something like http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/DEQ2496.aspx
to be used with REW5 (and a mic like Dayton Audio EMM-6/Behringer ECM8000).
My current components are HTPC with optical out and NAD 372 integrated and Behringer UCA202.
1) Where should DEQ2496 be ideally placed ? Before the NAD 372 or between the pre and power sections . Also I couldn't get to know from the manual whether it has vol control ability.
2) Is DEQ2496 an overkill . Any lesser priced/better alternatives ? I thought it will serve as outboard DAC+EQ (in conjunction with REW5). So I don't need to buy a good soundcard, Can continue with intel DH77DF motherboard onboard realtek 898 .
3) How good is the auto-EQ function within DEQ2496 as compared to REW5 ?
Or can something be done within the HTPC itself (measure and apply REW results) using some soundcard so that no need to add DEQ2496 in the chain ?
As I already have the integrated, I don't want to buy a new AVR with Audyssey XT32 etc