About the The Epicenter® by AudioControl
Kick up the bass
Kick up the bass
You like all the bumpin' bass you hear in hip hop, rap, and EDM? Well you can put that deep, biting bass into any kind of music — from classical, jazz, and rock to folk and Tejano — with an AudioControl Epicenter bass restoration processor. Most factory radios dial down bass response to protect flimsy speakers, so when you do add a subwoofer, there's no bass to play. The Epicenter will bring it back.
AudioControl's legendary Epicenter bass processor maximizes the low-frequency power and punch of your bass system, whether it's a simple powered bass tube or a full-blown competition setup. Simply install this processor between your receiver and your amplifiers or crossovers, and you'll finally be able to hear all the good bass you've been missing. An included wired remote lets you control the amount of thump from the front seat.
How does it do it?
Sophisticated processing analyzes the incoming signal and synthesizes low-bass fundamental tones, increasing bass response tremendously. The Epicenter connects to any receiver with preamp outputs — its balanced inputs will reject noise from your car's electrical system. A subsonic filter removes extreme low frequencies from your signal so your amps and subs will play more efficiently, while a single band ParaBass equalizer lets you fine-tune the bass tone.
- bass restoration processor
- increases bass response from your system
- 2-channel preamp inputs and outputs
- Para-Bass controls adjust center-frequency and width of bass EQ processing
- fixed subsonic filter (33 Hz, 12/dB octave)
- wired remote bass level controller
- frequency response: 10 to 100,000 Hz
- fuse rating: 1A
- 8-1/16"W x 1-1/4"H x 6-3/4"H
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 841-019-8
What's in the box:
- Pre-amp Bass Restoration Processor (black)
- Remote dash mount control
- 20' RJ-14 cable
- Owner's manual
- QC checklist
- Product registration card
The Epicenter® by AudioControl reviews
It's a must really works and makes the bass really pop
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Works as expected. Not the first Epicenter I've owned. I have bought the "off" brand and Audio Control surpasses the competitor in sound quality hands down.
Pros: Awesome sound and quality!
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I tried this out but ended up returning it as it did not make my kind of music sound better. It really depends on what kind of music you listen to. For example if you listen to older music like classic rock or Spanish music that doesn't have much bass, this device will definitely improve the bass. However if you listen to newer music which already has bass like new rock, metal, or electronic music like EDM then this device will not help you at all. The way it works is it cuts half of the bass out, and the doubles it in a lower octave frequency. For example: if you have +10dB of bass at 80hz, and +10dB of bass at 40hz, then after processing you will have +5dB of bass at 80hz and +15dB of bass at 40hz. If you look in the manual it will show a nice chart and better describe this. So if you play bass heavy songs and then use it, it will actually CUT some of the higher bass and "move" it into the lower frequencies. So low, that my two 12" Alpines couldn't play it very well! Lots of noise and cone movement, but not punchy boomy bass like before this processor. Because of this it made most of the music I listen to sound worse, so I found myself just turning down the knob all of the way which defeats the purpose of it. I also found I had to turn the gain down on my amp because if you are not careful this device can overpower your speakers with too much bass. But like I said, if your music doesn't have much bass to begin with then this device will boost it to a good amount.
Pros: Adds lots of bass, great for large subs (15"+) that can produce low frequencies well
Cons: Can overpower speakers if you are not careful. Does not make all music sound better. Also the controls for the "sweep/width" didn't seem to make any difference.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Good product would definitely continue buying this brand product
Pros: Great bass
3 of 3 found this helpful
This product is a buy you can't pass on. If you are looking for enhanced bass then this is the product for you.
Pros: Will do everything it says it will.
4 of 5 found this helpful
This functions as somewhat of a bandpass EQ. Use the "sweep" to pinpoint a frequency that you want a strong focus on. Use the "wide" to create the bell-curve of frequencies it will operate in. Don't use your head unit's EQ for the bass frequencies. Let the Epicenter do the work and prepare to be astonished not only by what you hear, but by what you feel. There is no catch-all setting for each type of music. You have to play with it. Amazing product.
Pros: Ridiculous bass. Easy addition to your system.
Cons: I wish AudioControl would put numbers on the dials so that you knew exactly what frequencies you were modifiying.
5 of 5 found this helpful
I installed a JL Audio 3v3 10 in a ported box powered by a fosgate 500 amp under the back seat of 2016 ext can sierra. Using stock speakers for kids and highs. Sounds great but on some sounds it didn't hit as hard. So I installed the epi center and omg people don't believe the I'm only running one ten in my truck.it makes a world of difference. Impressive bass on any song
Pros: Easy install inexpensive ext control
8 of 8 found this helpful
I had a great sounding system. But it was missing something. My brother said get an Epicenter. The difference was night and day.
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The Epicenter does not only make your bass louder (by boosting the RCA voltage) but it makes it deeper by creating a bass note 1/2 octave below the original bass note. Play a 100 Hz bass note and the Epicenter adds a 50 Hz bass note. A 60 Hz not gets a 30 Hz note, and so on. It works up to 250 Hz, so it should be placed before any subwoofer crossover. The dash mounted remote knob controls the volume of the added bass note. The wide and sweep controls on the top allow you to pinpoint a specific frequency area that you want boosted more. It also has a built in subsonic filter to protect subwoofers from damage. It's really a neat unit that adds fun to every type of music.
Pros: Nice small unit that make your bass deeper and more fun
Cons: Can't be used after a subwoofer crossover.
5 of 10 found this helpful
This product is great, really helped put bass back into the music I like listening to. I bought this because the spanish and rock music I like had no bass in my set up. This epicenter solved my problems.
Pros: I am no car audio guru but it was very easy installation. The quality of the sound that comes out is second to none. Great product
Cons: None yet
9 of 9 found this helpful
I have an old Zapco Z100S2 190-watt amp that runs one 10" Rockford Fosgate sub bridged. It sounded OK... but it was just missing "something". After listening to it, a friend told me to get an Epicenter, so I bought an open-box and holy cow... it blew me AWAY! It was just what my system needed! The increase in bass response was amazing... no matter what I'm listening to I can just adjust the remote knob accordingly for just the perfect amount of bass. AudioControl simply makes an outstanding product, I also have an older 3XS crossover that is superb. And if you need to call them directly (like I did), they will go step-by-step with you to get your settings on the Epi just right, which can be a little confusing for the newcomer. Thanks Crutchfield and AudioControl for giving me that extra "something" that was missing from my music!!!
Pros: Easy-to-follow directions and install
Cons: None so far!!!
8 of 9 found this helpful
you can win a Bass competition playing nothing but music from the 1940's. This is the neatest car stereo product you will ever own! Don't pay any attention to anyone saying it won't do anything for today's music, It will make the modern music' s bass sound WICKED! anyway just get it and if you don't like it Crutchfield will let you return it. so there is nothing to loose!
Cons: what cons?
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This product is awesome. I have it connected to a 15 inch Kicker Comp and it pounds. I recommend the epicenter especially for songs that dont have much lows. This product really backs up its name.
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This product is awsome. It gives your system that extra bass it is missing. It makes my two 10 in subs hit super hard. Every one that loves bass should have one. I recommend to everybody.
7 of 8 found this helpful
It did ad more bass, but dash mount control knob was more like a volume knob for bass which now is a very hard bass. Manual is not really clean or unit is not marked at what frequencies the control knob is adjusting like on their 4.1 EQ. The other adjust the width of the bass. I have it with a 25 Hz sub sonic filter using Alpine Rs in a ported to Alpine's Optimum Specs of 1.7 c.f. For me the bass hits to hard and not as musical, but maybe some of you guys like that. JVC head unit with EQ and Surround Sound adjustment does OK and just wanted to be able to restore what they said was lost bass, but it seemed harsh to me, not sure of Ipods etc with loss bass only use CDs FM some HD FM. A actual EQ would work better with marked frequencies and ability to know what your adjusting. It's a very hard hitting bass which is better if you used a EQ!
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More details on the The Epicenter® by AudioControl
Bass Restoration: Rather than simply turning up the bass, the patented bass restoration circuit takes a full range input signal and measures the upper harmonics of the bass frequency range to determine what frequencies have been lost during the recording process, then correctly restores the missing bass information. The remote rotary knob allows you to control how much bass is restored to the system. A full range signal is output from the Epicenter that can feed a full range amp, a subwoofer amp (with built-in crossover), or an outboard crossover.
Para-Bass: Para-Bass is a single band, parametric equalizer for the bass output. The center frequency is continuously variable from 27 Hz to 63 Hz. The width of the band is also adjustable.
Bass Maximization: The Bass Maximization circuit allows The Epicenter to maximize the bass output of any system while restraining destructive bursts, which can damage speakers. the 5.0 volt factory setting can be changed to 2.5, 7.5, or 10 volts if the amplifier and speakers can handle it.
Remote: The bass restoration level is adjusted using the included wired remote. The remote is designed to be dash mounted, within reach of the driver; it can be mounted under the dash with the supplied bracket, or the bracket can be removed and the knob and LED can be custom mounted through the dash. Dimensions:
- Width: 2.557"
- Height: 1.489"
- Depth: 1.824" (2.448" including knob)
Subsonic Filter: The subsonic filter crossover point is 33 Hz; it's governed by a replaceable chip, so it can be changed to 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 Hz.
Balanced Inputs: Using the balanced differential input circuit cancels noise picked up in the transmission line between the Epicenter and the the source unit. The inputs can be set to balanced or unbalanced if needed.
Ground Isolation: The power supply ground is switchable, in case of ground loop noise. The factory position is fully isolated (typically the best choice), but can be changed to Ground or 200Ω.
Terminal Block: The power/ground/remote terminal is removable; the wiring is attached to the block, then the block is plugged into the Epicenter.
- Maximum Input Level: 15 volts RMS
- Maximum Output Level: 9.5 volts RMS/13 volts peak
- Frequency response: 10 Hz-100 kHz;±1dB
- THD: 0.003%
- S/N Ratio: 130dB
- Balanced Input Noise Rejection: >60 dB
- Input Impedance: 10 kΩ
- Output Impedance: 150 ohms
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