DocDVD says (first post):
|I was told by Halcro last week that they room correction is on the plan for the fall. Obviously, I agree with you, like every other manufacturer, there will be delays. Let's hope it is by CEDIA. If Vinci can't do it, Halcro will keep their word and have someone else do it, even if it means a hardware change. Let's not jump the gun.
Let's be realistic here, a hardware change won't be accomplished by fall. A hardware change is 9 months to 1+ years and they would be better suited to stand pat. They're already a number of months behind schedule on the launch as it is, and a hardware change to add RoomEQ is not (IMO) a wise move. There's too much invested in the Vinci platform to go another direction in this generation of product.
Subcontracting the software is a risky move, as going away from the reference platform introduces the possibility of large interaction bugs between the code running on the core Vinci platform and the add-on. Then there's the operating firmware updates that have to be tackled. In short, you're probably talking 6-12 months from start to finish and by then, even with a significant delay, Vinci's code would be shipping.
In the second post, you say:
|Okay..being as it is 2AM here, I went ahead and emailed my buddies at Halcro for the official word since they are now open. They will be doing a room correction solution, but they are waiting until this launch is successfully done, which is taking longer than expected but is underway. They want the best Room EQ and correction system possible, not a cheapo just to please the people who consider this a requirement.
Except they're tied to the as yet to be delivered Vinci solution which may or may not be the "best system possible". What is the "best system possible" anyway? Talk to a number of experts and you'll get a number of different opinions. I happen to agree with Meridian and Lexicon that EQ is best handling the lowest portion of the frequency range ca. 20-250Hz where room treatments are least likely to be in place, and also where EQ is most effective.
|Keep in mind, a good HAA tech can make your room sound far better than any EQ available with a good RTA and possible sound treatments. Pioneer started MCACC to help people who couldn't afford an audio calibration or room treatments, not for the high-end user. Lexicon delivered a very good RCS with V4, but I have calibrated MC12s with my RTA with or without treamtment that have sounded better than an out-of-the-box V4.
Improving the rooms performance using just an RTA and no treatments is limited in its efficacy. Sure, you can make some improvements, but to really make a dramatic improvement you're going to need room treatments. An RTA won't do diddly squat to get rid of an early reflection the last I checked. Placement just changes the location of the reflection. Yes, it can assist you in placement of subwoofers and smoothing their response but without room treatments you can't really dial them in.
Of course the ultimate solution is bass traps + room treatments + EQ, but that's another story.
|Halcro's rep and products speak for themselves, so I don't we should put the cart before the horse in this case. Let's get the preamps to market, and then lets worry about upgrades. This is still overall, the most feature laden preamp available today.
No, it's one of the more feature laden preamps almost available. They aren't available for purchase. Still, it's sound quality over features that wins for me. If it was features that won, I'd have a mid-range receiver as opposed to the processor I currently own, because most of the mid-range receivers are loaded with nifty features.