Experienced only: What have you done with room correction?

I like to sometimes ask questions just to learn how others have experienced a technology and this is one of those times.

I’m genuinely curious about who has applied automatic room correction, and what your experience was? Did it turn your Monitor Audios into Martin Logans? Your Martin Logans into Wilsons? 😀

Good and bad, but experienced only please!

For the record, I use it for HT now and I’m meh. I had much better luck with manually (with tools) adjusting my miniDSP.  Also, I'm absolutely not looking to buy anything, I just want to read about your experiences because it is fun.


I've used a couple of versions of Anthem's ARC over a decade or so, with many loudspeakers. On general principles, I turn it on only if the positive effect on smoothing in-room frequency response seems "worth it" and the better the resolution of your system is, the easier it is to hear the software doing its thing.

Three observations:

1. After the measurements are made, I inspect the in-room response curves and apply RC only up to the lowest frequency at which it seems to be making a meaningful difference. Ideally, no higher than 500Hz, never more than 2000Hz.

2. Attempting to correct a dip in FR is much less likely to help the cause than a judicious trim to a peak.

3. The benefits for a multichannel system are especially evident.

4. Having capable DSP room correction won't eliminate the need for room treatment with physical measures in certain situations.


i was pondering a low cost experiment with the DSpeaker system for about $300, but when I noticed the analog in/out I started thinking about the extra D/A conversion and decided for now to focus on room treatments, which is also what the above responses suggest anyway.  Will be giving GIK a call next week…

My experience with room correction involves two different correction systems.  The first DSP/RC was part of Sanders 10 speaker system.  Roger Sanders programmed and included a dbx VENU360 DSP/digital crossover with the system purchase of his 10 series electrostatic speakers.  I bought a dbx from Sanders to use with Innersound EROS speakers.  The EROS speakers are the predecessors to his Sanders 10 speakers.  The crossover portion of the dbx is necessary for use with Sanders or Innersound speakers.  The DSP/RC RTA (real time analyzer) in the dbx is set up using a microphone.  Full set up process is easy to do and gives the music the right weight and resolves room and bass resonances.  In other words, the music sounds really good!  Check the Sanders web site for more information.

My current RC system is a Lyngdorf TDAI 2170.  While this unit is an 80 watt integrated amp with Room Perfect room correction, I don't use the amp portion of the 2170.  The 2170 is very flexible and I can use it as just a preamp with Room Correction, which I do. Room Perfect allows me to set the crossover point for the high pass and low pass filters so I send the high pass to a Sanders Magtech amp which drives Magnepan 3.7i speakers.  The low pass is sent to a Dayton Audio sub amp driving four AudioKinesis subs.  Room Perfect room corrects by analyzing, via a microphone, various test tones and sweeps taken from random microphone placements (usually seven or eight locations) in the room.  The correction produces a sound without the negative influences of the room.  The bass is clean and articulate (though I believe the four sub system from AudioKinesis has a lot to do with that).  Soundstage, depth and detail are outstanding.  The sound I hear makes my toes tap and when my toes are tapping I know the sound is good.  Hit the Lyngdorf website for more information.

I'm currently using one of MiniDSP's Dirac Live boxes, which corrects both frequency and time domains.

My system is pretty basic - homemade speakers using Alpair 10.2 full-range drivers, FLAC rips on a PC played through Foobar2000, and a tpa3620-based chip amp.

The Dirac Live correction makes a profound difference. This is in a rented pre-war NYC apartment, which isn't optimal acoustically. I can't play loudly, so also dialed in some "smiley face" EQ. 

It's night and day better with room correction.

Before that, I used MathRoomEQ, a plugin for Foobar2000. That made things better, but Dirac Live puts more there, there.