After reading much on the subject over the last few years, I ‘broke down’ and purchased a McIntosh MEN 220 “Room Correction System.” This is based on the Lyngdorf “Roomperfect” software design. I knew from having my room measured that I had some fairly serious bass frequency issues. Upon hiring my local audio provider to come out and set the system up (via a true interface with the MEN220 and his laptop, and in conjunction with his professional audio meter and mic), he was able to ‘correct’ the frequency response to a very respectful level…not quite true flat, but he brought down the problem ‘humps’ to within a very respectful 2 dB hump. It sounds different!
Does it sound better? Hum…I think so, but I need time. Here’s the problem I have, by comparing the bypass mode with the 'corrected response" (a combination of six filters), I hear what sounds like a remarkable improvement almost across the board (for sure in the mid bass and female vocals regions) - the corrected version sounding noticeably better than the bypassed mode. Running the DS through the MEN220 however, sounds different in bypass mode than it does running the DS straight into the amp. While it takes a small amount of time to switch out the cables, I can hear a difference, and running the DS straight into the amp sounds better (in comparison to going through the MEN220 in bypass mode - which is ‘suppose’ to sound like nothing was added…I don’t think so).
The big question is, does the corrected version sound better than the DS straight into the amp? I think it does. It definitively sounds noticeably different. I’m going to have to live with it for a while to know for certain. I can’t tell if I’m more excited about a great purchase, or worried that I made a mistake (how many times have we all experienced this!!!). I’m having a hard time adjusting to the idea/concept of applying filters to the frequencies. The proof however, is - as ‘they’ say - in the pudding, and the pudding tastes pretty darn good at this point. I’d be interested to gain Ted’s take on the subject (if he is inclined)…or anyone else who has similar experience with this type of room correction. Keep in mind, this is not an ‘EQ’ process to make your speakers sound different. If you purchased a pair of speakers that are warm and rich, the speakers will stay warm and rich. The idea is that the speakers have been purchased because the user enjoys their traits. This is a process designed to address room modes…
I’m not entirely convinced yet, but this is pretty interesting stuff.