MultEQ sound equialiser- new power amp calibrated. Thoughts?
Hi, I suppose it best to list what I have just upgraded from and brief system setup. I currently have Celestion A3 front LR, A4c centre, A5r dipoles as sides and A1s for the 7.1 rear duties. The sub is a B&W ASW 850. Processor is Rotel RSP 1570 with oppo BDP 95eu and Linn Akurate DS/1 as sources. Atlas Mavros interconnects and speaker cable. I used to have a couple of bel canto ref 1000 mono blocks for the front LR and a Rotel RMB 1575 powering the remaining 5 channels. All class d amplification. I was very happy with it. Purchased and had installed a MultEQ sound equaliser and was immediately blown away by the new envelope of sound I was experiencing, I could push the levels louder and not get any harshness, to a degree. And once I had got used to the slight lower in mid bass I was in heaven. Less so in music playback, but no matter what I listened to turning the multeq on was a night and day improvement. Well, since I have moved up to a denon POA A1HD power amp. I had no pro install kit when my denon arrived so proceed to live without the multeq for until the kit arrived. The first thing that struck me with the poa, apart from the weight, after setting up with spl meter to 75db. Was the immediate envelopement of sound like I got when only the multeq was on. I was not expecting this, and thus had even greater expectations of further improvements once the kit arrived and I could calibrate the multeq into the system. Not only was I experiencing this envelopment but also a lovely fullness to the sound that was not present with any of the class d amps that I had just replaced. Got the kit, installed it and calibrated as per instructions and exactly as the previous installer had done. Selected the hfr1 curve and got ready for shear bliss. But alas I am quite dissappinted. Biggest thing I notice once the multeq is on is all that beautiful fullness and depth that my new amp brings and what I was looking for, vanishes. Also there is not really any more envelopment than with the multeq turned off. A little more but really not much. I think I need to state here that I mostly listen to music in 7 channel stereo. And a smattering of movies. I can still hear a difference in movie playback, I can crank the volumes louder and get absolutely no distortion or harshness. But on music there is just no depth. Could it be that the new amp is working in such synergy with the room and speakers that it's running near perfect before the multeq is inplace. I notice not much change at all on the before and after comparison graphs generated by the multeq 3.4 software. Whereas with the old amps you could clearly see the multeq corrections. Or do you think I am doing something wrong in the setup of the system. I really do not think I am? Or is it that the multeq is more geared for movie use and not music and the more high end the amps become the less there is for the multeq to do? I am sorry to be rather long winded and somewhat vague, there probably isn't really a problem, I'm probably just not understanding the devices full application. Or moreover over applying it. Many thanks