Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Revised audio testing of the Kenwood TS-590S (now with less overdrive!)

Thanks to everyone that offered their insights into helping me get this audio test going with something close to optimal results!  In this post I will cover multiple settings side-by-side:

  • EQ Off , Speech Processor Off
  • EQ Off , Speech Processor On - Soft Effect
  • EQ Off , Speech Processor On - Hard Effect
  • EQ On , Speech Processor Off
  • EQ On , Speech Processor On - Soft Effect
  • EQ On , Speech Processor On - Hard Effect
In all of the tests the following settings were used:
  • Mic gain on the radio is set to 30
  • In the tests with the Proc enabled
    • Proc Input is 35
    • Proc Output is 30
  • On the PC side, the recording device input level is 27
I will also include four files that just showcase the effects of the hard and soft settings of the speech processor.  Two with the proc enabled, and two without (to show that it has no effect without the proc being turned on).

So, again, without further adieu, here are the samples:


EQ Off , Speech Processor Off EQ Off, Speech Processor On - Soft Effect EQ Off, Speech Processor On - Hard Effect EQ On , Speech Processor Off EQ On , Speech Processor On - Soft Effect EQ On , Speech Processor On - Hard Effect


And here are the files that are just about the Hard and Soft effect settings of the Speech Processor:


EQ Off , Speech Processor On - Soft Effect EQ Off , Speech Processor On - Hard Effect EQ Off , Speech Processor Off - Soft Effect EQ Off , Speech Processor Off - Hard Effect


Whew!  That was a fair amount of effort for a lazy fat man!  Feel free to let me know what you think, and hopefully this will help you determine what your own settings should be.  I'm starting to like conventional with the proc off for ragchews and with it on for weaker band conditions, with proc on and high boost 2 for bad conditions or DX (or maybe for the 590 net...hihi).

Hope you enjoy it and 73,

Richard, KK4JDO

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