One thing I don't agree with is the superiority of using linear phase filters. Maybe I'm missing something, but based on what I've been able to research (and Amir even has a video about it) phase distortion in loudspeakers is at best an extremely subtle barely audible effect, if indeed it's audible at all. As he points out the in-room playing of a loudspeaker introduces more out of phase room reflections from every angle arriving at various times than could ever be caused by the phase shifts introduced by a speaker's crossovers or for that matter its electronics. He cites Toole who in turn cites studies by psycho acoustic researchers reporting the results of their experiments using live test subjects to corroborate that conclusion. So unless there is something very distinct and especially audible and uniquely deleterious about the phase shifts introduced by the speaker as opposed to those introduced by the room, it's very hard to see how they would be terribly significant.Thanks for the detailed comments. And there seems to be a solid consensus that it is the most novice friendly of the bunch by far. And this stuff can be daunting, I recall firsst opening my DEQX manual ( 2 of them about 150 pp in total IIRC) and thinking holy crap, what have I gotten myself into? Thankfully the users group got me to chill long enough, to slowly go through the step by step--you may not understand everything, but just do it, and I did. Now it's intuitive as a soup spoon. Well maybe not that intuitive. But we all know the drill with complex software, you dig in, you get it to work in some basic use case, and then add to ones chops piece by piece. You look back and think, that was no big deal. Photoshop was that way for me. Still no wizard by any stretch, but I can get what I need done.
One thing Mitch Barnett talks about in his e book is the sheer torture of repetition one encounters in Acourate, having to repeatedly enter the same statements over and over vs having some handles and automation that would reduce the workload by a huge chunk. That's one thing DEQX does beautifully, maybe a bit too well insofar as you sacrifice flexibility (eg target curve is flat, you have to add EQ later). Otherwise it is cursors, value fields, and check marks.