Originally Posted by jayray
Then the choice is a no brainer unless you have treated your room so well that it is out of the equation.
When I finished my room I had to select a processor to replace the Tag McLaren, as I wanted HDMI for HD audio. Spent a lot of time weighing the SSP-800 and the D2v.
What I learned from previous experience with MultEQ XT in a few units was that it did not hit the nail on the head relative to my taste in target curve. Not even sure the big Denon prepro had XT32 PRO at that time (3 years ago). I liked that ARC allowed manual cutoff of the correction. The room gain adjustment was good too, but I also wanted to avoid spending any of the prepro money on video processing.
Monitoring the two threads back then showed both units had their share of bugs, but I was seeing a good amount of them in the video proc for the D2v but not so much in the SSP (HDMI handshakes mostly). [Currently the SSP is very bug free. I know as I found over 2 dozen of them!)
Having used manual EQs over the years and the PEQ in the Tag I was confident I could dial it in, so I went with the SSP. For subwoofer EQ I start with 4 subs driven by a JBL BassQ which really evens out the bass response around the seats, then I use the PEQ to fine tune.
I had an AP20 here about a year ago so I could play with Dirac Live, and it works great, and has "Audyssey Pro"-like target curve adjustment. Its EQ sounded better in certain respects than what I had dialed in myself via the PEQ, so I used REW to see the Dirac correction curves and used them as a template to create a basic curve fit in PEQ. What amazed me is that they sounded essentially the same at that point. Since then I have made some additional tweaks to my house curve as I listen well below reference yet I still want to hear the bottom octave.
I really like the idea of automatic EQ with a properly sampled multi-mic capture, but only if I can bias the target curve to my liking. Very few products do that. The new Datasat RS-20i may be the king of that hill.
Doing manual EQ tuning with the SSP is no picnic if you want really good results, but at least the latest FW release added a handy wideband pink noise signal in each channel so it is possible to read them without disconnecting amps or speakers to kill unwanted outputs.