Originally Posted by D_Strasse
Funny, but that is the same for me, home alone = Tool session.
I've read a little about the Behringer and honestly it just sounds really complicated. Not a huge cost impediment but I am pretty new to tweaking a system AND owning a sub so I am having a tough time even knowing what good bass is supposed to sound like. I will keep looking into it though but I'm not in a dire need to blend my sub with my mains as the 683's are pretty competent with bass.
To be honest, I was VERY intimidated at first. REW looked complicated and reading through the guides just made things worse. The guys on hometheatershack weren't answering questions at a noob level either. However, after going through the process, I can tell you it was very simple. The software is great. It's just small details you need to understand and it couldn't be much easier. I'm am a fairly advanced computer guy, but I didn't really need to draw upon any real skill.
The guys on the forums at hometheatershack are just super. They repeatedly answer the same stupid questions from new members every day without giving any attitude. It's VERY nice! Bruce and Wayne are very helpful and straight to the point. Trust me, it's easy. I never touched any of it until last Wednesday night. It took me all of maybe 2 hours and I was done.
The BFD itself couldn't be easier to use either. There is no way anyone could justify to me the need for midi communication from the software to the BFD for settings. REW tells you exactly what parameters to enter and it takes about 15 seconds to enter a filter. I use a total of 5 filters on my BFD.
I can't stress enough how anyone with a sub that doesn't already own some sort of room correction for their subs should be getting a BFD and using REW. The improvement is HUGE! Getting my sub to blend better with my B&W bookshelf speakers is one of the best things I've done for my setup. The best thing is that it's so cheap.
My friend's new BFD is arriving today. He too has B&W 805S's for mains with an SVS sub. I took my laptop and REW setup to his house this past Monday, and within 10 minutes I showed him what he already knew. He *needed* a BFD. We're getting together tomorrow at lunch to get everything tuned in. Should take all of 15 minutes.
Here are my results:
One thing I'd like to note is that for the first graph I used an 80Hz test tone to set my sub's gain. I needed no low spots for the REW software to work properly and I already knew I had severe low end room gain.
Sound wise, my 805S's lacked that punchy midbass with or without my sub. Now I have that punchy midbass. What's strange is how strong my 805S's could play a 40Hz test tone. They were weak around 50Hz to 70Hz, but at 40Hz they will play at reference level when not high-passed. I also installed the port plugs to keep them from messing with my near flawless sub frequency response.
To sum up: GET A BFD!!!!