Originally Posted by Matthew Pool
Funny thing is I've been looking to get Dirac into my 2 channel audio because it has such excellent reviews. That's probably on hold now due to an upcoming move where I'll be busy for some time and I REALLY like my A2080 and YPAO with RSC for 2 channel anyway. I don't think you'll get the same movie quality experience as with a good AVR in the signal path.
Would an Arcam or NAD AVR interest you? Then you'd have it all in one box... Dirac Live plus simplified Dirac calibration and tweaking, Dolby, etc. down-mixing, LFE, bass management... I would strongly suggest that path!
1 - get Dirac when you can. It's a whole new level, at least when compared to the Audyssey XT32 I had for years.
2 - the pre/pro will act as the AVR (it's an AVR without amps). I need separates because the chain must go through the minidsp before the amplification stage (AVRs don't accept tape loops like integrated amps
As of now, I'm using an onkyo nr5008 with audyssey xt32 for movies and the minidsp with dirac for music (by connecting the music source to the minidsp and the minidsp to the onkyo's multi channel inputs - little complicated but works).
Yesterday, I briefly tested the system I outlined on the post above, but with the Onkyo in the chain instead of the pre/pro (wasting it's beefy amps) and a simple chinese $30 power amp at the end of the chain. I've put a Harman target curve on the Dirac and set the crossover to 60hz. I set the onkyo to "no subwoofer" and no everything, so the minidsp + dirac processed a full stereo signal with LFE. Result was very good, but I tested at low levels.
MiniDSP allows you to toggle dirac on and off with a single button, so I clearly heard how Dirac puts the dialogue dead on the center (probably by fixing my room's reflections and such).
Again, sorry for my English!
As we have similar setups, I would be glad to keep in touch with you. My current speakers are a pair of Totem Rainmakers and a Sunfire HRS-12 sub (can't fit two at the moment)