I’ve had my MiniDSP for ten or so weeks now. Dirac Series : DDRC-24 I thought I’d start a thread about what it is and can do, especially for those of us with budget constraints. The DDRC-24 is a three input preamp and DiracLive processor. (There are different configuration, all of which are about £200 more expensive). The main point is that it makes top class, quality music soooo much easier to achieve with inexpensive hifi. That’s what this post is about. What it doesn’t do is change the sound of your speakers. They remain as you like them, but the room contribution is substantially lessened. At the moment I’m using mine with a pair of (not cheap) active Adams, but bear with me. The Adams are impressive, as they bloody should be at nearly three grand new. But, as with all hifi, the limiting factor is the room. Perhaps Americans with their three acre front rooms have few issues, but your average British living room does have issues, usually big ones. The worst, to my ears, is bloated bass. It doesn’t have to be a monster sub causing it, even £100 standmounters can and do bloom. It may not even be very noticeable until it’s gone. But when it has gone... Next up are reflections from around the room, and from hard furniture, muffling the sound. Again, no ones home doesn’t have plenty of these. And whilst judicious use of damping materials can work very well, it sometimes causes strife, and it’s hard to hide a whole wife’s body. The DiracLive MiniDSP has solved all of those issues for me. In forty minutes, including a cup of tea, the sound is transformed. Bass is tight, no flab here. That means funky bass lines actually are funky... the whip of bows across a splendidly played cello makes joyously distinct notes... whacked drums do not blur. Voices gain appreciably more timbre. And stray high frequencies are cleaned up to sound tighter and therefore don’t smother each other. The extra detail thereby available makes just about every recording more enjoyable and, obviously, more like the original recording without the extra instrument of the room. I’ve also taken the MiniDSP to my nephews who has a pair of Adam Artist 6 centres as a stereo pair. His room is smaller than mine and yet the MiniDSP makes his speakers sound as though they cost plenty more. And, just to satisfy myself that it would be as good with cheapish passive stuff I took it to my my friends house. He uses a pair of Q acoustic 1030s and an old Yamaha av amp. I’ve always disliked them. Flabby and indistinct. However! The DiracLive cleaned them up very well. Details I didn’t think them capable of retrieving were suddenly there and the bass, whilst not awesome at least held a decent rhythm. I’ve drivelled on here for a while so I’ll hit the point. If you have less than say, a grand, then a pair of active speakers and a MiniDSP ddrc-24 will astonish you for the cash. (DDRC-24 and a pair of JBL 305s for instance @ £730). If you have £2000 and you fancy something special the the same MiniDSP and more expensive actives will utterly delight. If you want a standard passive amp, speaker and dac set up then, for instance, an excellent, bargain s/h speaker and power amp from the likes of eBay will be an even bigger bargain. There are literally hundreds of combinations that would benefit. Just something to consider. Modern DSP it seems is bloody impressive. There is no miracle here in case I’ve overstated the point. The removal of so much mush is simply very worthwhile. Finished now. Cheers.