I’ve been using Roon for more than a year and absolutely love it. Recently though, I’ve found my system has lost some of its ‘edge’. The emotional kick from music has felt dulled for some time, and the presence of vocals, or the kick from a bass drum for example seemed too relaxed for want of a better word. I had a friend round at the weekend and we played some 2 channel music through roon, and he thought it’s ‘ok’. When we played multichannel music not through roon the impact was amazing, and his exact words were ‘the 2-channel sounds broken’ - which I agreed with but had not investigated for some time.
Last night I did some probing. I clicked on the cog for the settings on my audio zone and was amazed to find that DSP was turned on (although it looked like none of the individual options were changed from default. I can’t remember ever turning it on, was it enabled by default on a software version change or something? On turning DSP off however, the impact and life suddenly came back to my 2-channel setup, and music became so much more involving instantly.
Can anyone tell me what is going on here? If DSP is enabled, but none of the individual settings have been changed or appear to be enabled, is there still something going on to the musical food chain that could impact SQ?
I have a Meridian 861v8 with an ID41 card as the roon source, feeding 8kse’s as my front pair.
I find the difference night and day - is there something wrong in my settings for DSP or do other people find their system ‘sings’ better without it?