Question for Behringer DEQ2496 users

Just bought one of these to play around with. I don't have a separate DAC yet, so, for now, I just want to hear how the 2496's DAC sound.

I ran an optical cable from my Sony 5400 into the 2496, and have the XLR balanced outs from the 2496 connected to the balanced inputs of my amp (Parasound A21).

I get sound from the 2496 when I run the auto EQ, but I am not getting anything at all when I put in a CD and press play. I think I have the right input selected on the 2496, but I'm not sure if I also have to select the outputs or change input or output levels. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Just after posting this, I got to wondering whether or not my basic premise--namely, that I can use the DEQ2496 as a preamp and DAC is not correct. Again, any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.

Hi Jonathon, you can use it as a DAC (as I do), although its use as a pre is limited because of loosing digital bits. I use a DEQ that was modified by Ric Schultz (EVS) in Calif. The outs are balanced and fed into a pair of Goldpoint series attenuators that I installed inside the rear of a pair of Monarchy SM-70 Pro amps used as balanced mono's. (No remote and a CD-only sourced system, but the sound is great and the system is very revealing). If needed I can use the main input to fine tune the volume, but mostly this is not needed except when I find a CD that's been recorded much too loud - then I can reduce the main input on the DEQ to dial out digital clipping. When I tried using the DEQ as a dedicated pre, I found I could reduce the input as low as about 7 or 8 db before I began to notice some darkening of the sound that told me I was throwing away too many bits. This was also too narrow of a band of volume adjustment for my rig. It should pass along the signal from your transport to your amp in this configuration, however.

Dunno exactly about the CD vol. out problem. Make sure you have backed out of any and all test modes. If you need to you can check the instructions (I think) and select a reset function that will at least get you back to square one, but you will loose all EQ settings, of course. Let me know if there's something else specifically.
It sucks being dumb. Just realized the 5400 has an on/off switch for the digital outputs that was not turned on. Duh. Works fine now. Looking forward to actually finding some time to set up the mic and do some EQ'ing.
Don't feel all exclusive over it, I fall for that stuff all the time.
I have a DEQ2496 and would be quite surprised if you preferred its DAC to the Sony (I assume you have the 5400ES SACD/CD player?)

I bought the DEQ2496 to use the EQ functions to smooth out some bass issues in my room, but my intention is to keep the Sony 5400 as the primary source; I just thought I would hook up the 2496 to hear how it sounds.
Decided this is just too much monkey business for now. Posting for sale (including measuring mic and a couple of adaptors) on another board. See Cleveland Craigslist for more info. Thanks. -Jon
Jonathan, I found the manual very difficult to understand. I read it several times and still thought it was hard to follow. Here's a YouTube video that shows you how to equalize your bass:

DEQ2496 Room Correction EQ Guide

I hope this helps.
Hi Mingles,

Thanks for taking the time to reach out. Actually, I stumbled upon that video already and plan to use it if/when I decide to keep the unit. Another part of the problem is that I do not have a stand-alone DAC, and my understanding is that putting in between my preamp and power amp is less than ideal. I could use it as a DAC, but then I'm losing out on the SACD capabilities of my Sony 5400, which I like the sound of a great deal (CD and SACD).