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Which of these equalizers (sub $100, digital vs analog) will produce cleaner sound?

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I am looking for a parametric equalizer to help me smooth out my room's response. At the moment I found 2 for under $100, both pro-audio units by Behringer (which I understand is a "decent" but not high-end brand).

On the one hand I can get the Ultra-Curve DSP8000, which is a fully digital 31-band equalizer and DSP, but it needs to convert my analog signal to digital, then process it, then convert back to analog. I've heard that it introduces hiss and digital noise into the signal, however -- not a huge deal for a DJ rig but more noticeable on a hi-fi home setup.
http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/DSP8024.aspx (This is the slightly newer DSP8024 model)

On the other hand I can get the Tube Ultra-Q T1951 which is a fully analog model that I believe uses vacuum tubes. It obviously offers less features, but will it sound better overall assuming I can get an equal curve? I understand that analog gear does color the sound but that it sounds far more pleasant than digital artifacts and is even preferred by some.
http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/T1951.aspx

Has anyone had experience with either of these units, or any recommendations for a different parametric equalizer for under $100 used?
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If you're using a PC as a source, do it via software such as J. River.
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If you're using a PC as a source, do it via software such as J. River.
I am using a PC a good amount of the time but I'd prefer something hardware-based since I can use it for other purposes. I do actually have both a graphic and a parametric EQ in my X-Fi control panel but it only goes down to 50Hz for the parametric (all but useless for sub bass).
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I'd presonally spend the money on room treatments instead. $100 isn't a lot but you could get a couple panels from ATS Acoustics.
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I'd presonally spend the money on room treatments instead. $100 isn't a lot but you could get a couple panels from ATS Acoustics.
$100 worth of room treatments won't do anything at 50hz. He would need something like this: http://www.gikacoustics.com/gik_scopus_tuned_traps.html
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I'd presonally spend the money on room treatments instead. $100 isn't a lot but you could get a couple panels from ATS Acoustics.

I agree with the above statement. The majority of the problem with audio is the room, not the equipment. Try and get some panels and even things like rugs will help with reflections. Move the treatments around and listen/measure for the best results.
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I definitely agree with the room treatments being important... thing is, the room is a small bedroom. I will likely be moving out in the next few years as well so I don't want to invest anything. There isn't enough room to put up panels or traps. When I get my own house and home theater room I'll definitely consider those, but $100 won't get me much here.

What I'm looking for here is which equalizer will introduce less noise or other "junk" into the signal, not so much the one that will "magically" give me flat frequency response (which I'm not expecting from a $100-used unit in an untreated room). I also see myself using the equalizer for other purposes such as recording (unofficial of course) and the occasional live setup with rented mixer and speakers which will help me justify the price.
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