Originally Posted by Peterc613
On the MiniDSP website, the cost of two 88A's + two Phoenix to XLR's (male) + two Phoenix to XLR's (female) + 1 UMIK-1 mike is $2,228.
Is the DIRAC version in the 88A different or more comprehensive than the version OEM'ed into processors like Emotiva XMC-1, Arcam AVR550/AVR850, Theta Casablanca IV, or DataSat RS20i processors?
How does it compare to Dirac Live Room Correction Suite software for the Mac?
Lastly, Dirac recommend the use of a calibrated microphone with their Dirac Live Room Correction Suite such as the XTZ system, an Earthworks M23 or a Behringer ACM 8000 because the program can use correction filters supplied by the microphone manufacturer to make the microphone perfectly flat for the program. Is the UMIK-1 adequate for the resolution of the 88A?
The Dirac software on the devices you mention is essentially the same. There are some implementation differences. For example, on the MiniDSP there are four memory locations to save four unique Dirac calibrations. The XMC-1 is missing this feature. Arcam supports more than 8 channels of Dirac Live. There might be other implementation differences, but AFAIK
, the underlying Dirac correction algorithms are the same. The Dirac projects are interchangeable as well--I have loaded projects from the XMC-1.
As for microphones, you have no choice. The 88A requires use of the UMIK-1. You can purchase the UMIK-1 from Cross Spectrum Labs, and you will receive custom calibration files. The UMIK-1 seems to be completely acceptable as a Dirac calibration mic, otherwise Dirac would not certify and support the MiniDSP solution.
BTW, if you are handy, you can build the XLR to Phoenix cables. There is a link to a step-by-step guide in the information contained in the first several posts of this thread. The cables from MiniDSP seem expensive, and you have no control over the length.