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AudioControl EQX

Stereo 13-band graphic equalizer with 2-way crossover (Black)

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AudioControl's EQX graphic equalizer will make your music sound awesome in your car.

AudioControl's EQX graphic equalizer will make your music sound awesome in your car.

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About the AudioControl EQX

Maximum control

AudioControl's EQX graphic equalizer will make your music sound awesome in your car. Each channel on this versatile stereo equalizer features 13 bands of adjustment for sonic fine tuning, along with level controls that allow you to match any receiver to any amplifier. The EQX's 2-way crossover offers a pair of high-passed outputs for your full-range speakers, two pair of low-passed outputs for subwoofers, and a pair of full-range outputs for expanding your system even further with additional amps and speakers.

Maximum control

AudioControl's EQX graphic equalizer will make your music sound awesome in your car. Each channel on this versatile stereo equalizer features 13 bands of adjustment for sonic fine tuning, along with level controls that allow you to match any receiver to any amplifier. The EQX's 2-way crossover offers a pair of high-passed outputs for your full-range speakers, two pair of low-passed outputs for subwoofers, and a pair of full-range outputs for expanding your system even further with additional amps and speakers.

Crossover network

The crossover uses a steep 24 dB per octave slope to cleanly separate the high and low frequencies. You can change the preset 90 Hz crossover point by installing another AudioControl module, or by modifying the module installed in your EQX. A built-in filter removes subsonics from your signal so your amps and subs will play more efficiently.

Equalization bands

Most car audio problems occur in the bass frequencies, so the EQX gives you six bands of equalization between 31.5 and 180 Hz. You also get seven bands of equalization at octave intervals from 250 Hz all the way up to 16,000 Hz.

Level matching for max performance

Speaker-level inputs let you connect the EQX to just about any car stereo, even to factory amps that put out up to 100 watts. Once connected, the EQX makes it simple — turn up the input gain knobs until the maximized light comes on, adjust the output knobs until the output level lights up, and you're all set. Balanced inputs reject noises that are sometimes caused by a vehicle's electrical system.

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Product highlights:

  • stereo 13-band graphic equalizer with 2-way crossover
  • 6 EQ bands 1/2-octave wide (bass)
    • center frequencies: 31.5, 45, 63, 90, 125, 180 Hz
  • 7 EQ bands 1-octave wide (mids and highs)
    • center frequencies: 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, 8000, 16000 Hz
  • Linkwitz-Riley 2-way crossover (90 Hz, 24 dB/octave)
  • 33 Hz subsonic filter
  • main and subsonic crossover points can be adjusted via optional AudioControl modules or custom modification
  • input gain and output level controls and LEDs help with system integration
Other Features and Specs:
  • preamp inputs and outputs
  • speaker-level inputs
  • balanced inputs eliminate noise
  • frequency response: 10 to 20,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
  • maximum output level: 9.5 volts RMS
  • fuse rating: 2A
  • dimensions: 9-7/8"W x 1-3/8"H x 8-1/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 841-025-8

What's in the box:

  • Pre-amp Equalizer/Crossover (black)
  • Owner's manual
  • QC checklist

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Arm yourself with an RTA and Dive in - You will be handsomely rewarded

Robert from Montgomery, TX on 5/1/2019

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I'm old school so I bought this to tune my 2011 Edge running Morel Tempo Ultra 572's. Let me just cut to the chase, you have two options to get your aftermarket sound right - you either go old school with this EQX (there is no comparison as this thing has survived like the alligators because it is that good) or just bite the bullet and go digital signal processor (at a cost). Let me tell you though, armed with an RTA and a propensity to never settle for anything, this thing is a project unto itself. And after you have done everything you can to get that nasty 500-1000 Hz node/coupling peak resolved, you will be left with superb sound that will leave you stunned.

Pros: Old school equalization with an excellent balance of signal, cossover and equalization control. Very quiet and clean design. Built like a damn tank.

Cons: Comes shipped with a 90 Hz fourth order pre-installed XO so I ordered an 80 and got it in less than a week for 10 bucks or something.

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Nice EQ

Lloyd from Aurora, CO on 5/1/2019

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Very good EQ, bi this is not for the newbie. Noise can be easily introduced in our system if not correctly grounded. Very good harmonics and a wide area of frequencies to adjust.

Pros: Very easy to tune.

Cons: Must be an experienced installer for best results.

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Frank from Huntsville, Al on 1/26/2014

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Overall very happy with the install - in a 2013 Nissan Frontier being fed from the speaker level outputs of the factory head unit which then feeds a 4 channel Alpine amp. Did all of the initial adjustments using the RTA function of the Audio Tools app on an IPAD / pink noise and then some final adjustments by ear with music. All of the boominess of the low end is now gone and bass notes are discernible in the music - the mid-range and highs are well balanced. The Alpine amp feeds the 2 front speakers (Focal 165VB's which are absolutely wonderful) and 2 channels bridged feed a Pioneer sub. Using an RTA for adjustment does make a difference - I enjoy a wide variety of music and all of sounds excellent now. I have always replaced the head unit in previous installs but with since this head unit had all of the features I wanted I went this route with no regrets.

Pros: Excellent sound form the factory head unit / truck acoustics and fairly easy to adjust.

Cons: None so far.

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Good design, build and features

Rob_L from Augusta, GA on 10/10/2009

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Although the JL Audio Clean Sweep flattened out the output from my GM factory head unit, it's not designed to match the system output to the vehicle (in this case, a 2005 Tahoe). The EQX is in the chain right after the Clean Sweep and replaced a cheaper (in every way) graphic EQ with crossover which did not have enough fine control over the lower ranges to fix problems in a large vehicle where the ambient noise is pretty low frequency. The 1/2 octave control points for the low frequency output did the trick. I only wish that there were 1/2 octave intervals for the high-pass end, as well - but it still does a very nice job. I have (and highly recommend) a 1/3 octave RTA with reference mic and used this to "pink" the system. The only music source I listen to is my beloved Kenwood Music Keg (with lossless FLAC files). The EQX, coupled with a four-channel amp for the doors (Polk Audio) and a two-channel amp for the JL Audio center console sub, comes much closer to the audiophile sound desired. This unit is expensive and on-line dealers are not over-abundant, but it is an excellent piece of equipment.

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Features

Dual Bandwidth Equalization: A total of 13 bands are available over two bandwidths, each band has separate dials for the left and right channels:

  • Full Octave EQ: A 7-band full octave equalizer controls frequencies above the bass range; the center frequencies are 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz. The rotary knobs adjust the signal +/-12 dB. There's a notch at each knob's center position so it's easy to return to the flat setting.
  • Half Octave EQ: A 6-band 1/2 octave equalizer controls the bass frequency range; the center frequencies are 31.5 Hz, 45 Hz, 63 Hz, 90 Hz, 125 Hz, and 180 Hz. The rotary knobs adjust the signal +/-12 dB. There's a notch at each knob's center position so it's easy to return to the flat setting.

Input Gain: The input gains for the left and right channels are set independently. The range is adjustable +/-18 dB to match the source output to the EQ input.

Output Level: The adjustable output levels allow you to increase the head unit's line voltage to the top of your amp's input range; up to 9.5 volts RMS/13 volts peak.

Balanced Inputs: Using the balanced differential input circuit cancels noise picked up in the transmission line between the EQX and the source unit.

Speaker Level Inputs: The speaker level inputs are compatible with most factory installed radios.

Terminal Blocks: The power/ground/remote terminal and the speaker level input terminals are removable; the wiring is attached to the block, then the block is plugged into the EQX. The terminal block will accommodate wire up to 12 gauge.

Crossover: The crossover point between the high-pass and low-pass outputs is 90 Hz and the crossover slope is 24 dB/octave. The crossover point is governed by a replaceable chip, so it can be modified.

Subsonic Filter: The subsonic filter crossover point is 33 Hz and the crossover slope is 18 dB/octave. The crossover point is governed by a replaceable chip, so it can be modified.

Bridging Output: The mono and inverted low-pass outputs can be used to bridge many amplifiers that don't have internal bridging circuitry.

Bypass: The bypass switch allows you to instantly bypass all the EQ adjustments.

Inputs and Outputs:

  • Line Input: stereo RCA, balanced
  • Speaker Input: removable stereo terminal block
  • Full Range Output: stereo RCA, not crossed over
  • High-Pass Output: stereo RCA, frequencies above the crossover point
  • Low-Pass Output: stereo RCA, frequencies below the crossover point
  • Mono/Bridged Output: two RCA, one mono, the other inverted
  • Power Input: removable terminal block

Specifications:

  • Maximum Output: 9.5 volts RMS/13 volts peak
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz-20 kHz; ±1 dB
  • THD: 0.005%
  • S/N Ratio: 110dB

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I owned different Audio control products. I have audio control epic center in sierra white. Also the price at $149 is comparable to sonix electronic and woofer etc and Techtronic company. It might be open box or scratch but audio control has 5 year warranty and I own audio control products for 18 years and it still works. Thank you [ Lawrence3000torrance  Mar 29, 2017 ]
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Reasonably priced. [ Karen  Jun 17, 2016 ]

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I see a place for the remote turn on for the unit, but where does the remote on for an amplifier fit in?
[ Jim  Sep 09, 2017 ]
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The AudioControl EQX does not provide remote turn-on for your amplifier. When connecting to an aftermarket stereo that provides a remote turn-on lead, you can connect it to the Audiocontrol EQX and then daisy-chain the lead onto the amplifier's remote terminal. When connecting to a stock stereo, you'll need to run a custom remote turn-on lead (commonly, from a 12volt switched power output in the factory fuse panel) and connect it to both the EQX and your external amp. I hope that helps. My Bio; https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan
[ Ryan  Sep 13, 2017 ]  Staff

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