I calibrated Dirac Live within an Arcam AV 40 AV processor feeding into multple amplifiers mostly from Tag McLaren but also one from Marantz powering 7 Bowers and Wilkins 800 speakers and in ceiling Atmos speakers with an original MK subwoofer and a REL HT1205 subwoofer at the rear, Sony 4K Laser projector with a Lumagen video processor and more toys, movie memorabilia and mechanical opening curtains that covered the projector screen. A very nice setup.
The customer contacted me for the calibration because he had upgraded to the Arcam AV40 from a Tag McLaren processor which although legacy in terms of feature set he really loved the sound. The customer was not happy with the AV40, he couldn’t get a sound he was happy with and was feeling like he had made a wrong move.
I started the calibration by updating the firmware and checking over everything, I could see this system had real potential. The customer prefers to listen to music using the multi channel stereo mode, however I spent my early calibration time focusing on the systems sound for 2 channel plus the 2 subwoofers. I could see in the measurements this calibration and this systems sound would hinge on getting the subwoofers integrated perfectly. I find two channel is great for this as its really hard to nail perfect subwoofer integration but I can often nail it or at least 99%.
Once I had stereo sounding right I demonstrated some to the customer and he was amazed at what I had achieved and the improvement I had made, but I wasnt nearly finished. I started working on the systems sound for movies and through extensive listening I was able to improve the sound of the system for movies and achieve and exceptionally high overall home theatre sound.
I then put this into settings for the customers system sound for multi channel stereo and the end result for both movies and music surprised even me. I am really quire jealous of the performance of this system, the projector and Lumagen was looking amazing, but the sound was now at least its equal or maybe even bettering it which is really something.
I was happy to take the customers system which features quite a lot of very good but legacy components like original Bowers 800 speakers, Tag Mclaren amplifiers he has owned and listened to for many years and use modern technology like Dirac and give the customer an experience he has never had before and show him just how good all this kit is. I am very proud of what I did here.