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    SDEC / BSS Ok, But what is simular to DACS ?

    Need some help here...

    I am building up a "Synthesis" system, or something really close to one.

    My problem now is the SDEC 4500P and 4500X that are more or less rebadged BSS BLU-80 and BLU-32 ( http://www.bssaudio.com/soundweb_london.php )


    I did just buy a BLU-80 as the first step to get a SDEC 4500 setup and I will for now just use it on my subwoofers until I get hold of a BLU-32

    I will ofcourse not get the Synthesis software, but that is no problem, however so do JBL use the DACS calibration system to get things right on the Synthesis systems and it is only available to the certified installers.

    So my question is if there is something simular to the DACS calibration out there I can use with the BSS setup ?

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    I've asked this question myself, having had the DACS calibration done on my Synthesis® One Array.

    I also have an older Synthesis® Three System with the SDP-3, and I've got a spare SDEC 2500 and S400. I'd like to try the SDP-3, SDEC 2500, Performance Series AVA-7 and S400 in a system. I'm not keen on paying $1500 or more to have this done via DACS.

    The best info I have so far is to try the BSS software packages found here:

    http://www.bssaudio.com/software.php

    particularly the HiQnet and Soundweb apps. These appear to be older Windows applications, so I'd have to find an old Windows machine or run them off my Macbook Pro in a Windows partition (which I don't have and don't have enough incentive to install).
    Out.

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    (I see TD, not unexpectedly, beat me to the punch )

    I considered (more like fantasized) about going a similar route with the BSS
    london units... the control software (London Architect) is indeed available,
    but as you mentioned the DACS or next-gen JBL/Synthesis cal system is not.

    Having witnessed one such DACS-based install, I can tell you it would be a
    long, iterative, process requiring a significant knowledge and experience
    base to get anywhere close with quality, but non-dedicated cal gear.

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    But the guys using the BSS must have something they use for calibration ??

    The control software is there for free ( Just have to learn how to use it..)

    I mean.. this system is used all over, from small cinemas to large stage setups, it should not be any problem to set it up manually, except that it will take some time but I need something that shows the effect of what I am doing.

    Ohh... I could not find anything at the BSS page regarding how to messure, maybe some one else has better luck ?

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    the trick would be to have something integrated.

    I would think Smaart would work, or a number of other measurement systems,
    but they are generic tools, not HT setup tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    ...but they are generic tools, not HT setup tools.
    And I don't think too much importance can be placed on this. The SDEC/BSS processors are not magic... the magic comes in setting them up. As for the equalization functions that these processors do, unless you have a significant investment in test gear and quite a lot of experience in "Small" room acoustics, I think you'd be far better off with a product like Audyssey.


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    Agreed.

    If one were to attempt to balance the cost of getting a proper education,
    experience, and equipment required to begin such an endeavor (and still
    not be assured of success), I believe the dealer- installed/calibration setup
    would look like quite the bargain .

    Passing those gates, it would be a challenge and a boatload of fun (or
    frustration).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Widget View Post
    I think you'd be far better off with a product like Audyssey.


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    Ohh By the way, Thank you for the trust in me Widget

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