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6-channel line output converter with equalizer — add amps to your factory system (White)
Our take on the AudioControl LCQ-1 by Crutchfield's Ken Nail
Add amps and fine tuning to your factory system
AudioControl's LCQ1 6-channel line output converter (LOC) with 11-band equalization and bass restoration allows you to add aftermarket amps, speakers, and subs to your car's factory radio, so you can enjoy better and more powerful sound without losing climate controls, voice-activated functions, or other built-in factory features. The LCQ1 accepts speaker-level signals, so you can use it with just about any setup, even high-powered amplified systems.
The LCQ1 sums its input signals together, even if they've been crossed over for tweeters, mids, and subs by the factory system. That way, you can count on a strong, smooth, full-range signal for your processors and amps. The LCQ1 features six RCA preamp outputs that'll handle a traditional front/rear/sub setup.
The LCQ1's graphic equalizer will help make your music sound fantastic in your car, utilizing 11 bands of adjustment for sonic fine tuning. Most car audio problems occur in the bass frequencies, so this processor's subwoofer channel gives you five bands of equalization between 31.5 and 100 Hz. The front and rear channels each feature six bands of equalization at varying intervals from 125 Hz up to 8,000 Hz.
Why you have to restore the bass
Many factory radios actually turn the bass down as you increase the volume to protect the cheap factory speakers, subsequently removing much of your music's power and punch. AudioControl developed a patent pending AccuBASS™ circuit that restores the bass the factory radio erased, giving you much fuller and more enjoyable sound. The AccuBASS is applied to the subwoofer output channel, so your sub amp can have the entire, restored signal to work with.
Level-matching with an LED indicator
AudioControl makes it easy: set your factory stereo to about 3/4 maximum volume, turn the output level control of the LCQ1 until the "Maximized" light begins to flicker, then adjust the gain controls on your amps and you're done. You've level-matched the output of your receiver to the amplifier's input, so you can count on getting maximum performance and minimum noise from your system.
The optional dash-mounted ACR-2 wired remote allows you to adjust the volume of the bass while you're on the go, and to bypass and reengage the EQ to demonstrate your fine tuning. The speaker-level inputs sense incoming signals and turn on the LCQ1, while a built-in 12-volt trigger turns on your amps as well. If your factory system only has channels for front and rear speakers, AutoMode™ will create the output you can use for your subs.
Night and Day with the sound quality since I've installed the Audio Control LCQ-1. When using a factory radio its basically HEAVEN.
De Boss, St Thomas VI
What's in the Box:
- 6-Channel signal processor
- 4 Connector blocks (pre-installed)
- Owner's Manual
- Quality Control note
- 6-channel line output converter plus 11-band equalization and bass restoration
- 6 speaker-level inputs (each can handle up to 400 watts RMS)
- internal channel summing
- 11-band graphic equalizer
- subwoofer channels: 5 bands (center frequencies: 31.5, 50, 63, 80, 100 Hz)
- front and rear channels: 6 bands (center frequencies: 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 8000 Hz)
- AccuBASS™ bass restoration circuitry
- 6 preamp outputs (up to 8.5 volts RMS)
- level matching controls with Maximized Indicator LED
- optional wired remote subwoofer level controller available (item 161ACR2)
- AutoMode™ turns 4-channel input to 6-channel output
- GTO™ signal-sensing turn on
- 12-volt turn-on lead output
- recommended fuse rating: 2 amps
- 6"W x 1-1/4"H x 5-7/8"D
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The AudioControl LCQ-1 is a powerful six-channel signal processor that provides a gateway between factory installed source units and aftermarket amplifiers. It is a compact, six-channel, high-performance, OEM line-output converter with independent multichannel equalizers to custom tune your car audio system. The LCQ-1 allows you to easily "tune" your audio system & receive improved sound quality. An ideal combination of discrete equalization controls combined with AudioControl's unique OEM integration circuitry, the LCQ-1 maximizes the performance of factory installed audio systems. No longer will you have to compromise when performing basic amplifier additions to a factory installed audio system. The active circuitry used in the LCQ-1 provides dramatically better sound quality & enhances the bass response.
AccuBASS: Designed for maximum sound quality and enhanced audio performance, the LCQ-1 is the latest AudioControl processor to incorporate AccuBASS. This patent pending process automatically corrects for the bass roll-off that is common with many factory-installed audio systems. Factory installed amplifiers and woofers are (unfortunately) not designed to reproduce bass at high volumes. Car manufacturers adapt to this by taking the bass out of the signal when you turn up the volume. AudioControl developed the patent pending AccuBASS circuit to restore bass. After a quick and easy one-time setting, the AccuBASS circuit takes over the bass just as the factory system rolls off. You get smooth, seamless, and rock solid bass response regardless of volume level.
Individual Equalization Controls: To custom tune your system, the LCQ-1 gives you dedicated equalization controls for the Front, Rear, & Subwoofer outputs.
|Channel Type||Equalization Frequencies||Level Adjustment|
|Front||125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 8kHz||-12 to +12 dB|
|Rear||125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 8kHz||-12 to +12 dB|
|Subwoofer||31.5Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 1000Hz||-12 to +12 dB|
6ch Speaker Level Inputs: The LCQ-1 has active, high-voltage, high-impedance (20K Ohms) speaker-level inputs that accepts signals from high power, factory installed amplifiers (up to 400 watts per channel). This means the AudioControl LCQ-1 will work with factory-installed audio systems and give you a higher-quality signal with lower noise, lower distortion, and higher output voltage. These inputs get their signals from the speaker-level outputs of your factory installed source unit or amplifier. If your source unit has front, rear, & subwoofer speaker-level outputs, connect them to the three sets of inputs on your LCQ-1.
AutoMode Input: If the source unit only has front & rear outputs, the Auto Mode circuitry in your LCQ-1 automatically routes the Channel 2 input channels to the (Channel 3) subwoofer channels.
Internal Channel Summing: The LCQ-1 employs internal channel summing for interfacing with factory installed amplifiers with built-in crossovers. Channel summing lets you eliminate any factory-installed active crossovers. Many of today's factory stereo systems include separately amplified & crossed-over tweeters, midranges, & subs. If you are going to add aftermarket amps and speakers to the car you will need to combine (or sum) these separate signals into a single full-range signal for the new system. The LCQ-1 has the capability to combine together multiple (2, 4, or 6) input signals from the factory source unit into 2 channels. The LCQ-1 has internal jumpers that allow you to select which input signals will be summed into the Main outputs. When the jumper is moved to the "Sum" position, there will also be a corresponding green indicator light on the front of the LCQ-1.
Note: The LCQ-1 is shipped from the factory in the non-summed (separate) position.
Preamp Outputs: The AudioControl LCQ-1 is equipped with 3 stereo preamp outputs (Front/Main, Rear/Ch2, and Sub/Ch3) to connect to your aftermarket amplifier(s). Each stereo preamp output has an independent level control which allows you adjust the signal level from your factory source unit to match the input of your aftermarket amplifier(s).
GTO (Great Turn-On) Circuit: The main speaker level inputs have a signal sensing circuit (GTO) that turns the unit "On" when there's a speaker level input signal, and turns the unit off when the signal disappears.
Remote Output: The +12 volt DC remote output will trigger an amp to turn on whenever the LCQ-1 is "On". The remote's maximum current output is 1 amp.
Optional Remote Control: You can add a multi-function dash control (161ACR2, sold separately) that allows you to set the level of the subwoofer. It also has an in/out switch for the equalizer function so you can hear the system before and after your tuning changes. The ACR-2 is a multi-function remote that gives you control over the level of the Channel 3/Subwoofer output so you can balance the bass level with the rest of the system. An additional feature of the ACR-2 dash remote is that it allows the equalization to be switched in and out of the audio circuit by tapping the switch. You can hear the system before and after the EQ adjustments.
Installation: The LCQ-1 needs to be installed in the signal path between your OEM source unit (or factory amplifier) and aftermarket amplifier(s) and/or processor(s). Do not connect the LCQ-1 between the factory head unit and the factory amplifier. Locate the amplified speaker wires that are coming from your factory source unit and/or amplifier and connect them to the speaker-level inputs on the LCQ-1. In many cases you can find factory speaker leads in the rear of the vehicle or at the factory amplifier. Then use RCA connecting cables to connect the RCA outputs of the LCQ-1 to your aftermarket amplifier(s). Finally, connect +12V power and ground. The LCQ-1 has a 12-volt trigger input, but normally you will just let the GTO turn on circuit take care of that by itself.
- Maximum Speaker Level Input: 400 watts
- Maximum Output Voltage: 8.5 volts RMS
- Output Gain: +/-12 dB
- Frequency response: 10Hz-22kHz
- THD: 0.01%
- Input Impedance: 20 kΩ
- Output Impedance: 150 Ω
- Power Draw: 350mA
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Why did you buy this?
I chose this product because I'm adding my system from my other car that had an aftermarket cd player. My newer vehicle would need a $200 dash kit and I'd lose a lot of the functions in my car like xm receiver and climate controls. I'm using the LCQ-1 to add my Rockford 1500.1 channel amp and a 100.4 channel amp for my 2 15" FI car audio BL subs and component speakers. From my research, this will work out perfectly, not to mention the EQ is an added bonus as my stock radio only offers L, M, H eq [ D Feb 11, 2016 ]
LCQ-1 is helpful in factory car system upgrade [ CHU YEW Apr 12, 2017 ]
I'm running aftermarket speakers with a factory radio. I asked around and read information about the LCQ-1 and this is exactly what I was looking for. [ Joseph L. Jan 21, 2017 ]
To replace a failed TacoTune ReCurve unit. [ Gary Nov 07, 2016 ]
Installing amps to stock radio [ JOHN Feb 04, 2016 ]
8 questions already asked
2 answers I own a 2009 370Z Touring Sport with the Bose system. I have 1 factory Bose amp that gets signals from the Bose factory head unit then out to the speakers then another factory amp for the factory subwoofers. If I was to use the LCQ-1 would I need to tap the wires before the 1st factory Bose amp for the speaker signal to the LCQ-1 or tap the output wires from the 1st factory Bose amp? I have a 5 channel amp I'll use for powering everything and I understand how to wire that side up. I'm just confused about what wires to tap for the LCQ-1. [ Ryan Mar 16, 2017 ]
Tap the speaker wires after the amp. [ Mike Mar 18, 2017 ]
I'm not 100% sure about the answer I'm going to give. I would think if you are going to use a completely different amp I would think you would need to tap into the wires coming from the head unit to send the signal to the LCQ-1 and from there to your new amp. Hope this helped you. You may want to talk to one of the crutchfeild techs to be 100% though. Or maybe try to research on you-tube. [ JUSTIN Mar 17, 2017 ]
1 answer Concerns about integration in 2010 Ford Expedition without NAV or RSE but does have in-dash 6 Disc player. Also of concern is rear backing assist tones from a rear speaker. When radio/LCQ/system is off, will I still hear these tones? Will the LCQ detect these tones and turn on and pass these tones? [ Kevin T. Jan 18, 2014 ]
You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Jan 19, 2014 ] Staff
Thanks [ Chet Jan 14, 2014 ]
What do I need to connect a Sony CDX-M60ui receiver to a MB Quartz NA540.6 Amp? Thank you, [ Chet Jan 14, 2014 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Jeff Dec 27, 2013 ] Staff
1 answer I have a BMW 335i xdrive sedan and am looking to achieve better sound. I currently just have the stock radio and stock speakers with a JL Audio jx/1000d amp pushing 2 JL Audio 12w3v2 subs. Will this give me more accurate sounding bass as well allow me to hear the highs and mids that I am missing now? I am torn between buying this AudioControl LCQ-1 or replacing my factory radio with an aftermarket. [ Shawn Jan 29, 2017 ]
It sure will. Keep in mind that your getting an equalizer as well and the bass feature. I recommend getting the bass adjustable control as well. With out it you won't be able to use the EQ. Unless your a techi like me and get a phone line jack and splice the wires to create a loop. [ ELBERT Jan 30, 2017 ]
1 answer Can I use this just to clean up the speakers before going to a 5 channel amp? (I want to keep the sub channel going through only the factory amp until I get a sub and make a custom box). I don't have the money for a subwoofer and box yet. I have a 2015 f150 lariat with sony premium system. I'm trying to space out these purchases. [ Dylan Dec 22, 2016 ]
No. The output of the LCQ-1 is RCA so, the signal will need to be provided to an aftermarket amplifier. While I know this isn't the answer you were looking for, I hope the information helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Dec 29, 2016 ] Staff
It will help clean up the sound so you get the most out of the speakers. Especially in vehicles where you can't make too many adjustments through the head unit. It helped make my mids and rear speakers sound better cause I could cut back frequencies that didn't sound right to me. Gave my sub amp a better signal but not necessarily that much louder. [ Richard Dec 08, 2016 ]
1 answer I own and have the lcq1 installed and there is a constant white noise or hiss through the speakers constantly even when the gains on the lcq1 and my amps are turned all the way down. The volume doesn't effect the noise, and it's not alternater whine because it's there when the car is off. When I turn the volume up, it overpowers the hiss so you can't hear it, but when on lower volumes it's very anoyying. It doesn't it across every source(aux, bt, iPod/usb, radio, xm..) Has anyone else experienced this? And is there any way of fixing it? Also I have tested my amps in other scenarios and they work properly with no noise. [ Johnny D Sep 13, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Sep 13, 2016 ] Staff
For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy Jul 05, 2015 ] Staff