How important is Cinema RE-EQ?

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  1. Dave LR

    Dave LR Auditioning

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    I know that all THX and some Denon receivers like the 3802 offer Cinema RE-EQ, supposedly to tame harsh soundtracks, but how important a feature is it? How many of you use it regularly? What brands and models of receivers have this feature?
     
  2. rodneyH

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    I have a parasound pre/pro, I never use it, never. But I never use any DSP modes (besides the standard DD and DTS modes), I like to listen to music and movies in its most accurate form.
     
  3. James Zos

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    I have found that on a few dvd's, when it comes to dialogue, some vocals can tend to have a harsh edge on them. I tried the EQ feature, and it helped, but then it lowered the sonic quality for other DVDs (this is on a Denon 3802).

    In the end I decided that dropping the treble just a little gave me the best overall results. I leave EQ off.
     
  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Rodney,

    If listening to a poorly mastered DVD with Harsh Highs is

    "In it's purest form" then count me out.. Re-Eq is a wonderful

    feature for taming harsh highs on poorly mastered media and

    I do use it when I find a DVD has bad audio (Terminator 1

    comes to mind).
     
  5. Holadem

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    I use it all the time. It removes the excessive "SSSSSSSSSS..." out of the sound, especially in my old room (hardwood floors). Now my new place is carpeted, so things sound kinda dull. I might therefore disable it.

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  6. rodneyH

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    brett, I guess I have never heard any of those BAD dvd's
     
  7. Christian Dolan

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    I have a Sherwood with Re-EQ and I find it very useful, given that I have a very live room (hard wood floors, lathe-and-plaster walls).
     
  8. Jason Wolters

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    One thing you may want to be aware of, is that when you turn this feature on your channel balance will go out the window. To verify this, break out the SPL meter and notice what happens, once you turn it on.
     
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    Kevin,
     
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    I never use it on my Onkyo 575x. Most DVD soundtracks are nearfield mastered now. I think Re-EQ was more useful in the laserdisc era, when soundtracks were usually direct dumps of theatrical printmasters. Re-Eq also has the nasty habit of causing dropouts and popping with some DTS tracks (It has happened to others and seems to not be limited to the 575x). Nice feature to have, but overall pretty pointless.
     
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    So far, i've left it on, on my Integra receiver.. i'll have to play around with it, check it out on and off. It's all good with it on though. [​IMG]
     
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    One of the main things that influenced my purchase of my Onkyo 575x was the presence of this feature, but I've never found the need to use it. This may be due to the fact that my system balance is slightly "forgiving" in nature anyway, which I much prefer.

    Also, I'm not much of a DVD collector, and I suppose if I had a bunch of older DVD's that weren't mastered as well as more modern ones I'm sure I'd reach for the button once-in-a-while.
     
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    I have a Integra 7.1 and have tried it both ON & OFF. Sound about the same I currently leave in on (default).
     
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    I rarely use it on my Denon 3300, except on a few older DVDs that are excessively bright.
     
  20. Dan Hitchman

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    Near field mixes: All the more reason why THX should allow Re-EQ to be turned on or off by the consumer. As far as I know at present, you turn on THX post processing and you are forced to use Re-EQ like it or not; you can't just switch that particular feature off.

    Dan
     

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