No longer left out and lonely: after careful deliberation, I got myself a MiniDSP DDRC-22D with Dirac Live. The DDRC-22D is limited to 96kHz, but then again – so are my speakers (Meridian DSP5200). Time to take on the elephant that is the room.
First measurements are in, showing a nice little bass-hole where I expected it to be (60-110Hz) as well as a slight bump at 800-2000hz. For now, I followed the target curve with a gentle roll off after 10kHz, following the measurements of the speakers.
Results are subtle but nothing short of revelatory: a nicely cleaned up bass department and a generally smooth, solid and ‘in control’ soundstage. It’s really nice to finally hear every trick Gary Peacock has up his sleeve while jamming it out with Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette.
Since my setup is the family room with a lively toddler running about, there is not much I can (or want to) optimise in placement or acoustic treatment, but this fills in the gaps quite nicely. I generally shy away from tweaks and cables and tend to rely on what I hear (I replaced a nice, expensive Meridian streamer with a Raspberry Pi since I couldn’t hear a meaningful difference). This though, is the real deal.
And since it works independently (the Dirac filters are stored in the hardware), it works with Roon perfectly.