In general, the answer to that question is yes. But the degree depends on several factors.
When comparing the EQ901 B to a mint condition OEM equalizer, the differences are more subtle. If the original Bose OEM Equalizer is in less than excellent shape with aging capacitors, sliders and connectors, then the new EQ901 Bs are vastly superior.
In general, because the EQ901 series is based on the high-performance analog device's digital signal processor, the noise and distortion are lower and the dynamic range is greater, leading to better audio performance.
In testing, our goal was to have the EQ901 series equalizers be as close as possible to the factory EQ response, with additional enhancements in dynamic and frequency range for lower noise and distortion.
While it is possible to connect an active subwoofer with any of the EQ901 series equalizers, there are specific models that are designed with active crossovers to optimize the audio performance of your 901s with a subwoofer. To see a comparison of our different models and their features, check out our EQ901 Series Selection Guide.
To check out other resources on this topic, click on the following links: EQ901 Elite / USB / Platinum Subwoofer Option Supplement and the EQ901 PS User Guide.
The purpose of the active crossover filter is to properly integrate the subwoofer with high frequency speakers, resulting in the following positive effects:
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When the EQ901 B arrives, it will include the EQ901 B unit along with a regulated power supply. The equalization curves for the Bose 901 series you selected will be preset on the EQ901 B unit.
The EQ901 is specifically designed for Bose 901 speakers, and although it is possible to use it with another set of speakers, it is not recommended as it would cause excessive bass and treble.
EQ901 Bs are shipped with a 0.9 Vrms input maximum rating. This can be overdriven by tape monitor loops that are putting out more than 1 Vrms and also fixed line outputs from other components that exceed this level, such as a CD player.
One solution is to put the EQ901 B in the signal chain where you have control over the output voltage, for example a pre-out / main-in loop. If that option is not available, you can switch the unit from 0.9 Vrms to the 2 Vrms input setting. This solution works well most of the time.
If you are still having this issue, you can return your unit to Deer Creek Audio for evaluation, with these possible outcomes:
When you purchase an SHD series product, it includes full, perpetual licenses for Dirac Live, the miniDSP Device Console, the ASIO USB driver and Volumio. Each time you download software you’ll receive the latest version. You also can upgrade at any time, from multiple computers, using the supplied licenses.
The license for Dirac Live is hard coded into the SHD product, and the software is downloaded directly from the Dirac website. All other downloads are available through miniDSP. You will need to open free accounts with miniDSP and Dirac Live to access your downloads.
It’s recommended that when you perform an update on an individual piece of software you also update all software for the unit.
Yes, all of our SHD products are the most recent versions released by miniDSP. We import new fresh stock monthly directly from miniDSP, so all our products contain the latest firmware and software updates.
Try these tips when updating your SHD:
Yes, the miniDSP SHD series is certified Roon Ready. Roon’s high-resolution streaming technology is built into the SHD network player, and combines simple setup, daily reliability and the highest levels of digital audio performance.
All SHD models shipping now have full Roon Ready capabilities. For existing SHD owners, you’ll need to delete any old Roon connections to your unit, then update to the latest SHD and Volumio firmware. You’ll then have full Roon Ready interface.
All the miniDSP products are extremely quiet, however, it is possible with improper gain structure to have a high noise floor. Here's an application note that addresses this: https://www.minidsp.com/applications/dsp-basics/gain-structure-101
Here are the public, published signal-to-noise ratios:
The UMIK-1 is calibrated at the factory; you simply download the calibration file from the miniDSP website using the seven-digit serial number found on the body of the microphone. The UMIK-2 includes a license code for the required PC driver download.
Some of the advantages of purchasing your miniDSP product from Deer Creek Audio include:
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For U.S. domestic purchases, state sales tax is only assessed for Colorado customers. All customers outside of the United States will be responsible for any import duties and other taxes assessed by the government of the importing country. These fees are not included in our shipping charges.
The best value for our products is often via the eBay International Shipping program. Simply add the item to your cart and you will see the full delivered price to your address including all taxes, duties and shipping.
eBay International Shipping items are first shipped from our local facility to an eBay International Shipping center. Then eBay International Shipping takes care of the rest, including completing customs forms, paying import fees and providing international shipping to you. The program also includes end-to-end international tracking, so you can stay up-to-date throughout the process. You can go to eBay and view the tracking process to your final destination.
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