Just to share as to how after 2 months ,with my new Classe SSP800, I have finally finished fiddling and tweaking my system and now everyrhing just sounds absolutely the best it has ever been,ever !!
No right or wrong way in doing things , forget the flat response holly grail - it is all about getting the total package to sound just the way you personally like it and I am finally there !!!
Couple of things I have done to get this , which might be of interest to some......
A combination of my room and I think hearing at my age , dictates that I need to increase the top end for a little more sparkle ..With the SSP 800 having no facility to increase the top end as it were , I fixed this by using two bands of the EQ on each and all five Revel Speakers .........used a F of 13,2000 , Q of 1 and gain of 1.5 o by 1.5 db on one band .This increased the top up to past 20,000Hz and down to 6,600. The second band was set at an F of 5,300 ,Q of 2 which covered all up to 6,600 and down to 3,900 .
This solved my issue and gets back all the top end that was missing ..............sounds just great and using the EQ to correct works like a dream once you know how and what to do .
I am not using the EQ to correct anything below this as personally to correct bass to a near flat response is not my idea of exciting bass ........my two B&W DB1 subs sound just fine as they are .
What I also tend to do once I have fiddled around and changed menu settings several times ,is when I am finished ,I access the technical Menu , save all my settings , reset to factory defaults and then reload all my settings ...kind of like rebooting your computer .......I believe it just clears all the rubbish out and just sounds better once done .
Finally ,after some years also now listen to my music in Stereo again .........The Classe is certainly a Preamp/DAC of note and far superior to the Lexicon MC12 B I used for some 5 years ............totally a different ballgame .
As said ,personally for myself my system now fulfils all my aspirations and requirements and this just to share how I have used the inherent flexibility of this unit to I believe, the best I can and what it can offer .
Classe SSP 800, Amps : Mark Levinson No 432 and 433 amps , Mark Levinson No 37 CD transport , Oppo BDP83 Nuforce SE, Apple TV2 ,Apple 27" iMac media server , Kimber select Interconnects /, Speaker cable, Revel Ultima Salons /Voice Speakers , 2 B&W DB1 subs.,HD Digital Satellite TV .