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In Reply to: RE: Dirac Live posted by johnvb on June 24, 2020 at 05:01:30
If Dirac is similar in effect to Anthem ARC (which is likely): try to limit the maximum correction frequency to somewhere between 500 to 1500 Hz, i.e. above that frequency don't try to have the system alter anything via DSP. When I used correction above that frequency the "Maggie magic" disappeared, the immersive depth and clarity turned back into sounding like sound was coming through speakers vs "you being there".
But otherwise I bet it will work great, particularly if there is subwoofer integration. I use ARC with my 3.6's and it's fantastic and does great with dipoles + a subwoofer, and in fact helps gain even more of the "slam" and 'dynamics' that typically good box speakers have over planars and with the above restriction, keeps the openness of the planars.
What is the algorithm in the receiver? It really matters. Good: Anthem, Dirac, Lyngdorf RoomPerfect.
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The new receiver for the downstairs system (KEFs) hasn't been bought yet, I'm assuming it will probably have Audyssey. But I can always research the alternatives. It won't be expensive. This system will be no "state of the art", (even though the KEFs are excellent speakers) just shooting for a good sound for TV/movies. Since that's the case, and in light of your comments, I will leave the Dirac unit upstairs for the new (Maggie) speaker system.
On a related note, checking out the Magnepan web site, I noticed a new dealer fairly close to my home (Virginia Beach VA). They were listed as a "showroom only" dealer. I assumed that meant they had models available to auction, but the product would be shipped directly to the customer. Wrong. I called them up, they had no stock, and would order the model I wanted after the fact. I'm assuming there is a return policy? Think I want to listen first, which means a road trip further away. Doesn't really matter now as we are still months away from this remodel happening, but still interesting. Had a nice conversation with the fellow, he alluded that this is a new program Wendell is rolling out, in the sence that nowadays folks just "click and buy". He did offer to come out and set up the speakers in my room, which was nice.
try a used Anthem receiver with ARC---might cost a bit more than a true mass market but they can be very nice sounding.
The following is what I use (MRX 310).
I use the pre-outs to a NAD M22 amp for my main speakers (Maggie 3.6r), and use the internal amp for the surrounds.
If you have a powered subwoofer and use the bass management & ARC (recommended!!) you probably won't even need the higher power for the mains and can use the internal amp for reasonable purposes.
There is a new ARC setup version ("Genesis") which you can download (put on PC/Mac) that is compatible with the MRX 310. You will need a wired ethernet to connect the MRX to a router or direct connect to a laptop.
My most expensive purchases were always ones where I didn't spend enough to get something good that would really matter and ended up disposing of them before I moved to what worked.
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