A great post Jason - thanks. I may still be tempted (your argument is very seductive). What would I need as an external soundcard to connect to my prepro? Can you recommend one? Is it OK to connect that to the front AUX connector on my prepro? I would need a long lead as my hardware is in a closet outside the HT - what sort of lead would this be? Thanks for you help.
Wow, Keith! I've been called a lot of things in my life, but seductive is a new one!
LOL! Well, I was definitely seduced by your post and am even actively considering REW, which I have never done before. In my case "actively considering" is usually just a prelude to buying :)
OK - that is terrific then. My Windows laptop is less than a year old - it isn't a high spec thing by any means but will do the job. I think I will go with the Windows version of REW - there is more likely to be good support here for Windows than Mac, and it keeps all my audio stuff on the Windows lappy (which is what I bought it for).
Monoprice makes great ones and you can do the same for even less. All they do is use standard RG-6 Sat/CATV cable and put some RCA plugs on the end. I make my own for even less, but if you don't want to fool with it and don't need custom lengths, their prices cannot be beat.
OK - understood. I do only (currently at least) care about the LCR channels plus Subs of course.
When you say the 'sound card in the same computer' this would be the audio out connection I assume? This seems to be limited on my machine (from memory) to the headphone out socket - is that what you mean?
My lappy has HDMI, so I think I would prefer this route. I just connect an HDMI lead to the lappy HDMI socket and then into a suitable HDMI input on my 5509 - the one on the front panel would be terrific as it is not easy to get to the back of the unit. Is my assumption here correct?
OK - will grab the driver now.
Keith, the offer goes to you too. If you want to learn REW and have any questions, from physical setup to use to interpreting the graphs (plus how to set them, what to look for,etc) I'm more than willing to help you and give you one on one guidance, even over the phone if that is what it takes, as my way of saying thank you for all the time you spend helping others.
I honestly don't know what I would've done without Jeff's posts and your posts in the beginning and when I compare my system and room, plus knowledge then (2 years ago) to what I've learned and applied now, it's as if I went from a HTIB to a $250,000 system (at least set up the way most people's high end stuff is compared to the "right" way ) so don't worry, have a little faith, and I promise, I'm here for you.
Jason - this is terrific and I thank you sincerely for the kind offer of support. I am sure I will need it.
Let me know how you feel after reading that and if you wish to proceed, remember, I'm here, and so are a lot of very knowledgeable people.
We won't leave you hanging!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!!
I did read your thread with Jerry, just for interest. I will go back and look at it again with a new eye... thanks. And HNY2U2!!