I've recently had an interest in Digital Room Correction, but I'm completely confused as to what's important feature wise. DIRAC Stereo Version seems to be very feature rich and popular, but at $435.00, way more than I want to spend.
Are there comparable applications that are more affordable while still being effective? Any and all insight would be welcome!
Source Technologies Model 7211 Reed Towers (3-Way Tower) Emotiva XPA-2 Gen.2 (Stereo Power Amp) Emotiva XSP-1 Gen.2 (Stereo Preamp) Emotiva XDA-2 Gen.2 (Stereo DAC/Preamp) Onkyo C-7030 (CD Player) Sony BDP-BX58 (BluRay/SACD Player) SVS PB12 NSD (Subwoofer) Apple Airport Express (For music streaming via AirPlay) APC G5BLK (Surge Suppressor/Monitor/Sequential Switch) HiFiMan Sundara (Headphones) Topping DX3 Pro LDAC (Headphone Amp)
Dirac is considered to be the best DRC by many these days, but has the cost to match. It has a free trial so you might want to check that out since you are just getting started. If it's not for you, then nothing lost. It would also give you a comparison point versus other systems.
J-River's media player would give you a very flexible parametric EQ. This would be a mostly manual process that you would perform through REW, but the cost is cheap. They also have a free trial.
Audiolense and acourate are the other two I've heard about, but haven't used. I think they will fall in between the other two as far as cost and capability.