Glad you got your money's worth sir! That's all we're really after.
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Great writeup, Todd! And of course I’m glad the DEQX has worked out well for you!
Everything you said in your post is consistent with the experiences I’ve had with the DEQX HDP-5 that I’ve had for about two years now.
Regarding your statement that...
What I have noticed most, it really cleared up busy mixes. Some recordings, say Mumford & Sons, to me their mixes sound cluttered on busier tunes. The main vocals often sound congested by what is happening on the right and left pans of the mix. The DEQX has brought clear definition in those mixes. Instruments lay better in the overall mix, having more definition as to where they are supposed to be sitting on the soundstage.While my listening is mainly to classical music, that is again very consistent with my experiences. And I believe it results primarily from the improvements the DEQX provides with respect to time coherence. In my experience, that improvement has particularly benefited recordings that are of mediocre or poor quality. As I said on 8-16-2015 in the "Is DEQX A Game-Changer" thread:
Perhaps most notable among the differences that I and my wife perceived were on some recordings having overly bright string sound, including some string quartets as well as symphonic recordings. Those became much more enjoyable with the filters engaged. Not because the sound was dulled down, but because there seemed to be increased detail and improved definition in the upper midrange and lower treble, as opposed to a more homogenized presentation of those notes, which in turn resulted in the brightness being less objectionable. I recall that some time ago, either in this thread or in the sloped baffle thread, Bombaywalla had commented that time coherence will provide benefits along those lines. Both this experience and many previous experiences I have had comparing sonics between my speakers and my Stax electrostatic headphones have me convinced that he was right.Enjoy! Best regards,
@toddcowles I had my expert session with Larry Owens earlier this month to help maximize my new DQX Premate's performance in my room. First, I did so under the home audition program, which is great. Second, when I set it up myself I was pretty underwhelmed and considered returning it. I talked to the pleasant folks at DEQX and they nicely insisted my opinion would change if I gave Larry a chance to get involved. Larry is a master at dialing the DEQX in! After he was done, I could hear a dramatic improvement in the clarity of my system. It turns out, according to Larry, that my room is acoustically pretty good with the exception of a particular bass dip in the 40Hz region. After Larry was done with his painstaking work that dip was gone. We are setting up the final session in the near future to fine tune the system further now that I made some additional changes in some cabling, platforms and equipment locations that Larry recommended, and which were all DIY (small dollars--big difference). Anyone who owns a DEQX and isn't using Larry Owens to help them out is missing out on getting every ounce of potential from the DEQX in their system.