Originally Posted by Repdetect
"Do you have measuring equipment? If not then manual EQ is a no-go".
Originally Posted by markus767
Do you have measuring equipment? If not then manual EQ is a no-go.
PEQs can be used to model a house curve but the usefulness of such an approach is debatable.
PEQs not only work in the frequency domain but also in the time domain. When used correctly they will fix time domain errors at low frequencies.
The UMC-200 has only 3 bands of PEQ for the sub which might not be enough for every room.
Well you can always pick up a radio shack meter for $40 to test levels.
But in the end you want to make final adjustments by ear too your liking, no need to be married to a curve.
Trying to match a curve is a good place to start but in the end it's about YOU being happy with the sound of your system.
If a particular curve does that, fine, if not, the a peq can be a great help.
There are many ways to approach this.
The problem with using ears alone is that ears are great listening instruments but virtually useless measuring instruments. Without independent measuring gear, it is just not possible to isolate problems in the room and fix them. For example, your ears may tell you that something is not 'quite right' with the sound but those ears can never isolate the problem to, for example, a 10dB dip or peak in frequency response at, say, 900Hz. For that you absolutely need measuring software and a mic. The Emo unit may well have PEQ, but without some way of knowing which frequencies to EQ, and by how much, it is just a crap shoot in the dark.
Similarly, your ears may tell you that the bass from the system is 'boomy' or 'one note'. OK, we know it will be room modes that are causing this and that the way to deal with it is to treat the room and/or relocate the subs. But first we need to know which modes are causing the problem and by how much they are causing the problem and the frequencies that are most affected, and by how much, and so on. Only when we have identified the problem is it possible to create a solution.
I think ears are the final arbiter of the sound. It has to sound good to the listener or the whole point is lost. But to get it to sound good to the listener by using PEQ to shape the FR, one needs measuring equipment. Ears don't help at all in that regard unfortunately.