Originally Posted by mjaudio
I feel your pain Bro!
I have a MiniDSP sitting in a box somewhere, I don't have the patience either. Now it is just a DCX2496 and SMS-1, my stress levels have reduced immensely
Man, with as much going on as you do in your HT, I would imagine the mini would be ridiculous to hook up. How many channels of amplification are you pushing your army of subs these days MJ?
I'm going to attempt to explain my specific issue below.
Originally Posted by audiovideoholic
LOL it took me a good 20-30 hours to get my mini dialed in but once I used a note pad to plot my changes it was a breeze. So, I'd say once one learns how to really implement the changes that need to be made then it is easy. I was just one of those that couldnt quite comprehend exactly how to make the changes that were needed without messing up parts of the FR.
Plot your measured measurements on paper or snapshot then compare them to the graph in the "P EQ" graph with another snapshot or notepad. Then watch how the P EQ graph is changing as youre making changes. Hope that makes a little sense.
I'm not having any issues with the PEQ once I get into the mini itself. I had my omnimic hooked up and once I started playing with the PEQ itself, I was able to get the house curve I always wanted...
Here are my issues.
Issue 1: Using the Phoenix connectors I split my LFE signal from my AVR. Tell me if you guys can follow this.miniDSP Input Chain
-RCA out to RCA/XLR adapter
-XLR adapter to XLR splitter
-XLR splitter to XLR/Phoenix
-XLR/Phoenix to DSP input 1 & 2miniDSP Output Chain
-Phoenix/XLR output 1 & 2 to 5' XLR Cable
-XLR to XLR splitter
-XLR splitter to each channel of amp.
Hope that somewhat makes sense???
I had input 1 / output 1 going to amp 1 and input 2 / output 2 going to amp 2. When routing the signal on the miniDSP, it should be as easy as turning on input 1 / output 1 to send a signal to amp 1... Same theory should apply when trying to route a signal to amp 2, correct? Just activate input 2 / output 2 and BAM, amp 2 should be up and running.
It sounds so simple. Is my logic flawed?
Here is where I get confused. Amp 1 will work fine when I activate input 1 / output 1. However, when I try to route a signal to amp 2, using input 2 / output 2, I get nothing. I did some experimenting and found that if I turned on input 1 / output 2 with input 1 / output 1 already on, it doubled the signal to amp 1. With that said, under no scenario was I able to get the second amp play. I know it was receiving some type of signal because if I did any type of switching the cables I could hear static/thud or some other noise. Geez, it's starting to all run together in my head now, so I think I should stop there.
My temporary fix was running RCA cables vs. Phoenix cables, which pretty much reduced my output flexibility back to what I had with my SMS-1. Just ran a RCA from AVR to miniDSP input 1 than RCA out and split the signal using XLR cables to the amps. This allowed me to at least get both amps working, but they were being fed the same signal, which kinda defeats the whole purpose of me getting the mini to begin with.
This seems like one of those type of issues where I could quickly show someone and they would understand vs. me trying to write it all out. Maybe I should just take a video and add some narrative? Think that would help?
Anyway, once I had both amps working, I finally got to play around with the PEQ settings and I actually loved it. Suuuuper powerful tool that gives you sooooo much more flexibility than the SMS-1. I think I like it so much because it lets you boost the low end so well.
The video posted above was with my nearfield 8 off and with the miniDSP boosting the low end. Had the amp tickling the VLP light with my AVR MV at -30db when the Irene Scene hits that awesome 5Hz chopper blade flex! Meaning, it boosted the low end WAY more than anything I could have ever achieved with the SMS-1.
I'm going to have to very careful with this thing for sure.
Issue 2: IR Learning feature. The miniDSP manual says to point your remote at the mini and click on the box that you want it to learn. My Harmony 900 says to point your old remote at the Harmony remote for it to learn the command... So it's one of those "who's on first" scenarios... Might be an easy fix, but I'm going to have to do some digging for sure.
Once I can address those two issues I am very confident I am going to be completely satisfied with the mini.Edited by popalock - 4/18/13 at 9:07am