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Focal DSA 500 RT

Digital signal processor with 165-watt powered sub and 2-channel amp (65 watts x 2 channels)

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Our take on the Focal DSA 500 RT

by Buck Pomerantz
Focal

Award-winning technology

The DSA 500 RT system continues Focal's tradition of award-winning components, receiving the European Imaging and Sound Association's (EISA) best in-car integration product award for 2013-14, and a Design and Engineering Innovations award at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This upgrade system is sure to be an award-winner for you as well.

The system

This all-in-one system includes a 6" x 9" subwoofer in a compact bandpass enclosure, a 3-channel amplifier for the sub and your front speakers, a remote bass control, and a multi-function digital signal processor featuring active crossovers, a 7-band parametric EQ, time alignment, and dynamic compression that all together can transform your old dull factory radio into a powerful, high-fidelity stereo system.

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An included USB cable allows you to plug your laptop into the system. After downloading the Focal Manager RT graphic interface software, you can easily adjust your system's sound from your listening position in the front seat in "real time" as your music plays. The software is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Power upgrade

The amplifier in the DSA 500 RT supplies your front speakers with 65 watts RMS each — about 5 times the power of a typical factory radio. The powered sub adds 165 watts of bass punch to ensure that you get well-balanced sound with plenty of impact.

Processing the signal for clarity

With the 7-band parametric EQ, you can dial in virtually any sound curve you want to compensate for your vehicle's interior acoustics. Adjusting in real time means you can hear the changes you apply as you adjust each control. For instance, when you time-align your speakers, you don't have to measure distances or estimate timing — you merely adjust it until it sounds good where you're sitting. An audio compressor lets you control your music's dynamic range so the soft passages no longer get lost in wind noise while the loud passages blow your ears off.

Save and share your settings

After achieving optimum sound quality, you disconnect your computer — the DSA 500 RT stores your settings, and allows you to save and recall up to 6 presets. For those who like to experiment with different tunings, Focal maintains an online web service, accessible through the Focal Manager RT software, where you can share experiences and settings, and help create a supportive community of DSA 500 RT users.

Highlights:

  • powered subwoofer with integrated digital signal processor and amplifier
  • 3-channel Class D amplifier: 65 watts RMS x 2 + 165 watts x 1 at 4 ohms
  • CEA-2006 compliant
  • 6" x 9" subwoofer in bandpass enclosure
  • Focal Manager RT graphic user interface software (free download from Focal) controls and saves settings
  • variable high-pass filter (45-300 Hz)
  • variable low-pass filter (80-200 Hz)
  • variable subsonic filter (20-60 Hz)
  • 7-band parametric EQ
  • dynamic compressor/expander
  • time delay adjustments: 0-20 ms on front channels, 0-130 ms on subwoofer channel
  • phase switch (0-180 degrees) on sub channel
Other Features
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level input (harness included)
  • wired remote bass level control (-9 to +9 dB)
  • USB cable included
  • software works with Windows XP, Vista, Seven, 8, and Mac OS X versions 10.6 and later
  • fuse rating: 15A x 2
  • 8-gauge power and ground leads recommended — wiring and hardware not included
  • dimensions: 23-5/8"W x 8-3/8"H x 12-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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5 out of 5

Great sub

Written By Bigsofty99, Seattle, WA on Sunday, May 18, 2014
 
This subwoofer is AMAZING it fit perfectly in my b5.5 passat W8! It was rather easy to install and I couldn't be happier with the results! This made my Monsoon system one hundred times better! I'd recommend it to anybody
Pros:
Easy to install, great bass, doesn't take up too much space.
Cons:
A little pricy
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