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Anyone using room connection software for two channel stereo

Hi, I've got on order the McIntosh MEN200 Room Correction system. Based on the Lyndorf-Steinway room correction system, I'm anticipating that it will cleanup the muddy bass from my KEF Blade speakers.

Any comments would be appreciated.

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Hi, I've got on order the McIntosh MEN200 Room Correction system. Based on the Lyndorf-Steinway room correction system, I'm anticipating that it will cleanup the muddy bass from my KEF Blade speakers.

Any comments would be appreciated.

Try it. I think you'll like it.

If not, you can turn it off.
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Prior to my current processor, I used Dirac that was housed in my Music Server. It is great since it allows so much control over target curves, how much of the signal you correct, etc. Other than something like a 2 channel Trinnov, nothing comes close. HIGHLY recommended.
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May I at least throw out there that the "muddy bass" you experience could be the result of poor room integration (because you should have subs)?

I have had a 2.x system (three pairs of subs) for a while. Being able to move the subs independently of my (very capable) mains has made things sound many times better (even without room correction, just by tweaking each sub's location, level and delay).

I'm not saying that there's no way to do 2 channel sans subs well (indeed, I just posted as much somewhere else, recently), but it's much harder in normal rooms, requiring a room which allows ideal positioning (for both imaging and bass) of the two mains. Adding subs eases those requirements; place your mains for best imaging (tweak for sub integration if needed) and then place your subs for best bass response (preferably multiple, at least two; try an initial position at your room's corners or its quarter-wall points).

Moreover, IMO, the biggest thing the room correction software will help with, if you get the right one (and McIntosh MEN200 uses Room Perfect which is supposedly excellent), is the integration between your mains and subs. So, the hardest part of the whole thing, that which most people complain about when adding subs to a 2-channel system, is, with the right RC solution, done for you. However, I don't know if your McIntosh unit can blend multiple subs -- perhaps await a unit that integrates the upcoming Dirac Bass Management solution (or spend on Trinnov, which is very likely to be a very long-term solution if you can afford it).

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Well, I have been living with RoomPerfect for a week now. Never in the 30+ years has the sound of my system been so glorious. Really. The KEF Blade 2s shine. The soundstage is extended both left/right and back/forwards. Muddy bass is gone forever - it's now musical and provides a spine-tingling experience. Just wow. To sonically pick out instruments and background voices is a new thing in my listening room.

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PS - you do not need subs with the Blade 2s.

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I’ve used Trinnov, Dirac, and Acourate. All three work really well for two channel (and two channel with subs) applications - even in a purpose built room with extensive room treatments. At some point I’ll likely try RoomPerfect too.
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I’ve used Trinnov, Dirac, and Acourate. All three work really well for two channel (and two channel with subs) applications - even in a purpose built room with extensive room treatments. At some point I’ll likely try RoomPerfect too.
Very true. In many purpose built rooms (including mine) at least one of the dimensions is fixed. For me it was height. The ratio of the room dimensions makes a significant difference to the bass balance. I spent $$$ on the room itself and when I first added the ARC room correction to my Anthem D2 for $ it was a revelation. Subsequently tried the Trinnov ST2 and then Dirac and it really is true that room correction takes things to the next level. I'm sure there are a few rooms that don't need it but I've yet to hear them.

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