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If you pass the entire source signal through the AntiMode, you are then hearing that source (including analog such as LP and tape) fully digitized, full range. The best way to use it is for bass only, either with subwoofers or bi-amped speakers. Used thusly, only the bass is digitized, and it is argued bass is less damaged than highs and mids by digitization.
Thanks for the replies.
bdp24, I appreciate the suggestion, but bi-amping and/or using subwoofers aren't really options for me right now.
unsound, I did upgrade the power supply and definitely noticed an improvement over the wall wart. It is a pretty nifty unit overall, but I suspect there one must make a pretty invested effort at dialing it in to achieve optimal performance. I am playing around with the parametric EQ right now and adding my own filters in to get the sound I like. Other more serious-minded folks would probably be aghast at some of the filters I am creating, because I am not just correcting to get a flat response from the speakers; I am actually introducing peaks at certain frequencies because I like the way it sounds. That is the nice thing about this unit, it is so flexible that you can do just about anything you can imagine (and then switch to bypass mode for easy A/B comparisons).
I use a Dual Core as a dac, preamp and room correction device in a 2.2speaker system.. I had experienced the loss in air with corrections above 225hz, but with the correction set to 110hz, the air and dynamics improved. Try backing off a little on the correction and this might help. Also go into Settings and open Audio Settings, set Compensation to 5, and Headroom to Manual. You can adjust the digital headroom, the lower the number the more detail and depth in sound and subsequently the higher the number the more muffled the sound. As always YMMV.
Thanks rodge827, that's a useful suggestion. I had been considering dialing back the frequencies I was allowing the Dual Core to modify. I will give it a try.
The Dual Core usually sets my compensation to 6.0 when I let it run a typical calibration. I've been finding myself actually increasing this number in an attempt to regain the warmth in the midrange that I feel like the unit is taking away. I'll try dialing it back and see how that goes. I feel that when I have the compensation set quite low that the midrange is entirely hollowed out, although that might just be my impression upon moving from "too much" bass to "flat" bass.
I've also already lowered the headroom to 0.... it does help.
I think one of the main issues here is that the dual core is clearly having an effect on the entire frequency spectrum, even when you ask it to only calibrate up to 150hz. Putting the unit in the signal chain at all clearly has a very tangible effect, even in bypass mode. I don't know if this has to do with the second A/D/A conversion the signal undergoes.
I actually pretty much stopped using it some time ago. It's definitely a useful device in the right application, but my feeling was that keeping it in the signal chain for MY system was doing more damage than helping. Of course, it might be different for another system, room, set of ears, etc.
I was also driving myself crazy continuously adjusting the parameters, so to keep myself sane I finally just took it out of my system.