Originally Posted by Spidacat
I'm not sure if this is a REW or a BEQ question, but here goes...
I haven't ordered my miniDSP yet, but once I do, should I put it in line and re run Audyssey, or use the Audyssey calibration that's already in place, then start running sweeps?
You shouldn't need to re-run Audyssey after adding the Mini to the chain but you should add it and then run an REW sweep or two to verify your response hasn't changed for some reason, it should not by more than possibly being slightly lower in level than before (but maybe not) which is easily fixed with a level bump.
I have tried every way you can imagine, from pre-eq'ing the subs and then running Audyssey to running Audyssey and then doing touch-up eq to fully flatten what Audyssey didn't. I fully believe the latter to be the best way to get the results wanted. Audyssey doesn't do too bad with subs but can leave a bit to be desired and I have found that giving Audyssey a nice flat pre-eq'd response in most cases doesn't really help it very much and the response always need some post Audyssey correction. So why not just skip the pre-eq all together and just let Audyssey do its best then finalize the response with REW sweeps and use the Mini to add the filters needed to dial in the flattest response.
I say all that to get to this. Once i started eq'ing my subs after Audyssey, I have found the key to be nailing an Audyssey run that produces the best sounding response from 120hz on up on all the speakers, then dialing in the subs from there with REW and the Mini.
So if you are perfectly happy with your Audyssey'd response now on all the speakers there is no reason to run it again since you can now post eq your subs to taste with the Mini and IMHO is the better way anyway. Just add the Mini, run an REW sweep to verify nothing has unexpectedly changed, then use the Eq tool in REW to finalize your sub response and add those filters to either the input or output Eq of the Mini and then you will have the eq section you didn't use ( input or output, whichever you didn't use for your flattening filters) for your BEQ filters.
This is how I have found best to do it in my system after 3+yrs of trying every possible way to eq my sub and use Audyssey. If I had a newer Pre-amp than my 7702 with either Dirac, ARC, or even the Audyssey app I may try going about it differently again but this method could very possibly still be the best plan of attack, but without the extra control of those RC's in hand it is very hard to speculate.
Good luck and feel free to reach out if you need any other help or guidance with implementing BEQ once your sub response is where you want it.