For a review of just the Alpine CDA-9887, please see here:
Ok, now on with the Imprint kit (KTX-100EQ) eye candy:
The program itself will NOT run without the computer hooked up to a powered on CDA-9887:
A scanned copy of the manual
The setup is easy, the cables are long, so it is easily setup. The microphone base has a tripod mount, making placing it in the car in the right spots simple.
At this point, the results shown above are from only checking 1 location in the car (driver seat). There are no options in the program to choose multiple driver seat tests, nor can you just check the two front seats. When I did the multiple location test, and it required the microphone to be in the back, it came up with an error that my subwoofer system was incompatible. At that point I stopped playing for the night.
There are very few options for tuning in the program... what you see in the pictures is IT (3 preset response curves). You cannot pick your crossover points, nor the response. Additionally, I would have thought you could at least pick if you have front / rear speakers or a 3 way setup without rears (the deck has you make that choice with the DIP switch on the HU). However, as in the pictures, it only shows a front / rear / sub setup. I am not sure if the program picks up the 3-way setup switch setting from the HU.
The bass level can still be controlled when MultEQ is turned on (0-15), and there are now bass (-7 to +7) and treble (-7 to +7) controls added as well. What frequencies those affect I have no idea.
I listened to the linear curve today while driving to work. Although I normally prefer heavier midbass / bass, the notes were suprisingly more detailed / refined. I am not one to wax on with strange words for sound, but I am not sure how better to describe it. Instead of a bass note, I heard a drum note, or a bass guitar string being plucked. Certainly thumbs up there.
Imaging greatly improved. I believe both imaging and the above bass changes are a result of the time-alignment more than anything else, as that is not something I had turned on in my setup so far. I will be trying that though to compare. Soundstage was much better focused than before.
The sound is better than before, but still not where I want it to be. I think at this point I need to make all the level settings in my amps equal, then rescan the car, and try to see if that changes things. As is though, I am keeping MultEQ turned on, as it is better than the settings that can be done through the HU built-in controls.