Whilst certainly not technically minded, I do like to tinker with things and room correction / DSP has always been an interesting thing for me. I find on my HT setup that Audessy does wonders but I've always struggled with room correction on my 2ch setup. I tried minidsp and while it worked nicely it took something away from my sound that I ended up feeling was more of a negative than a benefit - I also tried REW and while I got some good results, again I was left thinking some life was taken out my sound and the negatives outweighed the positives. For the last few months I have found a nice 'house curve' that I have dialled into Roon and have been very happy with the sound. However, how long can one stay happy & content in this game!!
Yesterday, after doing some reading about https://www.homeaudiofidelity.com/ i thought i would give it a go. It did cost me a bit of $$$ but to scratch the itch i committed and am pretty impressed with the service and the results.
While I have certainly gained some decent knowledge of taking measurements and using my UMIK1 mic, the process was easy. They have their own tool which is straight forward and easy to use. Once done I sent the files with some other information to them and to my surprise got a personal response within a couple of hours. After providing a little more information and thinking they will take a few days to come back to me with the filters, I received another email with the files within a few hours. They also said I should have a good critical listen and go back to them if I need any adjustments.
This morning I woke up and thought.... I've gotta try this before heading to work...
So while drinking some needed coffee and listening to the wife giving me grief about getting kids to school, I jumped on the computer, uploaded the files and switched on some music.
- Postives - I instantly heard a far more natural and balanced sound and a more clean, delicate and detailed sound stage. When listening to some rock I could hear the kick drum much clearer and some of the woolyness in my sub has vanished which is really nice. When listening to some solo acoustic guitar it sounded much darker and deeper and the vocals popped out of the mix much more. The difference is so significant it almost sounds like I am using different speakers which is clearly a significant statement.
- Negatives - (Perhaps too early to tell) The only negative is it seems to have made my Roon remote a little less responsive - not the point where it's a problem but just a little more sluggish when I am skipping tracks and hitting play/pause (probably because the DSP is making my Nucleus work a bit harder. I will report back on this).
Bottom line is I am very impressed but will do some more listening over the next few days and report back with more detailed findings.
Hopefully this thread helps others and gives us a resource to chat about this Home Audio Fidelity service or other DSP options that work on 2ch.