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AudioControl DM-810

Digital signal processor — 8 inputs, 10 outputs

Item # 161DM810

AudioControl designed their DM-810 digital signal processor to integrate into just about any car stereo system, to...

AudioControl designed their DM-810 digital signal processor to integrate into just about any car stereo system, to...

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About the AudioControl DM-810

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Signal processing makes it sound exactly the way you want

AudioControl designed their DM-810 digital signal processor to integrate into just about any car stereo system, to correct factory sound processing, and to deliver customized, high-fidelity audio to your aftermarket amps, speakers, and subs. You make adjustments and save settings via your laptop (PC or Mac).

Signal processing makes it sound exactly the way you want

Smart-User DSP software

Smart-User DSP tuning software on a laptop

AudioControl designed their DM-810 digital signal processor to integrate into just about any car stereo system, to correct factory sound processing, and to deliver customized, high-fidelity audio to your aftermarket amps, speakers, and subs. You make adjustments and save settings via your laptop (PC or Mac).

Awesome audio adjustment

The Smart-User DSP software package includes Linkwitz-Riley crossovers, 30-band graphic equalizers, parametric filters, time delay/alignment for inputs and outputs, phase correction, AccuBass™ bass correction, and real-time analyzers (RTA) for the inputs and outputs so you can visually confirm the improvements in the sound.

The matrix is your friend

The DM-810 is "matrix-able," giving you the ability to combine and route any input to any output. So, if your car's factory system has separate pre-filtered, time-aligned, or amplified signals going to factory subs, woofers, mids, and tweeters, for instance, the DM-810 can combine them into one smooth, unified signal for you to balance, align, and tune for your better-sounding aftermarket speakers.

Convenient features

Onboard LEDs indicate optimized signal flow for inputs and outputs, plus give you a warning when a source is too loud and causing distorting. An optional ACR-3 wired remote controller lets you select sources, control levels, and recall up to four preset tunings from your front seat. An optional Bluetooth® adapter lets you stream music and control the digital processing wirelessly from your compatible portable device.


Product highlights:

  • digital signal processor
  • 8 input channels, 10 outputs
  • all controls and adjustments made with AudioControl Smart-User DSP app on your laptop (PC or Mac) via USB connection
    • USB cable included
    • control via Android and iOS devices requires an AudioControl AC-BT24 Bluetooth adapter
  • adjustable Linkwitz-Riley crossovers (20-20K Hz, 12 or 24 dB/octave)
  • 30-band graphic EQ, parametric filters, phase correction
  • AccuBASS circuitry for improved bass response
  • time delay/alignment for inputs and outputs
  • RTA (real-time analyzers) for inputs and outputs
Other Features:
  • optional wired remote (#161ACR3) controls level, selects sources, and recalls up to 4 presets
  • MILC™ (Maximum Input Level Control) LED optimization and clip indicators
  • GTO™ signal-sensing turn-on
  • 8 speaker-level inputs (summable)
  • 8 preamp inputs and 10 preamp outputs
  • coax and optical digital inputs
  • recommended fuse rating: 2 amps
  • dimensions: 10-1/2"W x 1-5/8"H x 6-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • MFR # 841-080-8

What's in the box:

  • Processor
  • 119" USB cord (Type-A on one end / micro type-B on other end)
  • Owner's manual

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Overview: The DM-810 processor was designed to optimize car audio systems, whether factory or aftermarket, using AudioControl's DM Smart DSP app through a laptop. This is a fully featured Matrix DSP interface that gives you instant and clear control over every aspect of the processor and includes speaker and line-level inputs, digital audio inputs, 10 channels of output, signal summing, 30-bands of EQ, time-alignment, and much more. It also has AudioControl proprietary features like AccuBASS, GTO Signal Sense, MILC Clip Detection, as well as integrated input and output RTAs (Real Time Analyzer).

DM Smart DSP: The DM-810 includes a micro USB (Type-B) port to connect to a laptop (USB Type-A to micro-B cable included), allowing you to use the AudioControl's DM Smart DSP app. This is a fully featured Matrix DSP interface designed to give you control over every aspect of the processor. Features include routing any input to any output, gain adjustment, delay, polarity, and a 30-band EQ. High-pass, low-pass, and band-pass filtering can be set up for any output using 12 or 24 dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley crossovers. It also includes RTAs (Real Time Analyzer) for every input and output to easily identify and sum factory speaker signals for OEM integration.

Maximum Input Level Control (MILC): The processor analyzes the input signal to detect any clipping. If the signal reaches the level of clipping, the MILC Source Clip LED glows red, prompting you to turn down the gain level. When the gain level is maximized, a green Maximized LED will glow to indicate the gain, for that set of channels, is set to the optimum level.

GTO (Great Turn On) Signal Sense: If you are connecting the DM-810 to a factory stereo, or an aftermarket unit without preamp outputs and a remote turn-on lead, the GTO Signal Sense circuitry can turn on the processor when an audio signal is detected on either the line-level or speaker-level inputs. After a period of time with no signal input, the DM-810 will turn itself off.

ACR-3 Remote: The optional AudioControl ACR-3 wired remote is a dual-function remote that lets you adjust both the level of the main and line outputs, as well as recalling memory presets, all from the driver's seat. The ACR-3 has two LED indicators and a rotary/push-knob. When the blue LED is on, the remote knob raises and lowers the output level. When the knob is pushed in, the red LED will light, allowing the knob to recall memory presets when turned.

Options Port: The DM-810 includes a proprietary 10-pin Molex socket allowing use of AudioControl's optional Bluetooth adaptor. This allows audio streaming into channels 7 and 8 from a Bluetooth-enabled device.

Top Panel: The top panel of the DM-810 has the labeling for all of the input/output connections, as well as the following LED indicators:

  • Power: If the amp is powering on correctly, this should be lit red.
  • USB Activity LED: This LED lights when there is USB activity between the amp and your computer during set up.
  • Maximized Input LEDs: These LEDs illuminate when a maximum audio signal is present on any of the analog audio inputs. Signal levels should be lowered if these LEDs are on a lot. Four LEDs are provided covering: Stereo 1/2, Stereo 3/4, Mono 5/6, and Stereo 7/8.
  • Maximized Output LEDs: These LEDs illuminate when there is maximum signal present on any of the audio outputs. Signal levels should be lowered if these LEDs are on a lot. Five LEDs are provided, one each for: Stereo 1/2, Stereo 3/4, Stereo 5/6, Stereo 7/8, and Mono 9/10.
  • MILC Source Clip LED: The MILC (Maximum Input Level Control) level-setting circuit prevents clipping and distortion. It calculates when the waveform of an incoming signal (on channels 1/2) is clipping and lights this LED. The level of the incoming signal should be set just prior to MILC LED coming on.

Connections: The DM-810's connections are aligned along the front of the processor for ease of installation. These include:

  • Power/Ground: A removable 4-pin Phoenix (Euroblock) connector is provided for Power, Ground, Remote In, and Remote Out. The Remote Out will send a turn-on signal to other devices whether the DM-810 is using the Remote In or GTO Signal Sensing.
  • Speaker Level Inputs: Four 4-pin Phoenix connectors are used for speaker level inputs: Stereo 1/2, Stereo 3/4, Mono 5/6, and Stereo 7/8.
  • Line Level Inputs: Four pairs of RCA inputs are provided: Stereo 1/2, Stereo 3/4, Mono 5/6, and Stereo 7/8.
  • Digital Inputs: This section includes both Coax and Optical digital inputs.
  • Line Level Outputs: Five pairs of RCA line outputs are provided to run to outboard amp(s). These are: Stereo 1/2, Stereo 3/4, Stereo 5/6, Stereo 7/8, and Mono 9/10.
  • Options Port: Allows connection of AudioControl's optional Bluetooth adaptor.
  • ACR-3 Control: This RJ-14 telephone-type connection allows you to plug in the optional ACR-3 Remote. The ACR-3 is used to change the output level and for recalling memory presets.
  • USB: A micro-USB (Type-B) is used for connection to a computer for DSP configuration.


  • Maximum input level (line): 8 V
  • Maximum input level (speaker): 40 V
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 24kHz
  • THD: 0.01%
  • Maximum output level: 10 V
  • Digital input sample rate: 32 - 96kHz
  • Digital input bit depth: 16 / 24 bit
  • Input delay maximum: 21.3 ms
  • Output delay maximum: 21.3 ms
  • Crossover filters: 12 or 24 dB Linkwitz-Riley
  • Crossover frequencies: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Power draw: 1 amp
  • Trigger output: 1 amp
  • Recommended fuse rating: 3 amp
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Dimensions: Width: 10.50", Height: 1.606", Depth: 6.217"

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17 questions already asked

What wires do I connect from a 2017 Mazda3 bose system?
chrisp  Jun 17, 2023
1 answer
We provide lifetime Technical Support with every item purchased from Crutchfield Chris, so we can always help you get connected. The AudioControl DM-810 processes the signal from your speaker-level outputs and converts it to high-voltage DSP processed outputs to connect to your aftermarket amp setup. The Install Bay 9-wire in the link below is a great way to extend those speaker-level signals into the AudioControl if it is mounted in a remote location!
bo  Jun 17, 2023 (Staff)
Will this replace the Pac-AP4-CH41? I needed the AP4 for load resistance from dodge radio to add amplifiers. If i purchase the DM-810 will this replace the AP4?
steven  Feb 07, 2023
1 answer
If you are keeping your factory radio Steven, you will actually add the AudioControl DM-810 in addition to the PAC AmpPRO. Jumping to the more robust DSP it would be important to make sure you have any EQ settings on the PAC set to "flat". The DM-810 goes in-line between the AmpPRO and your amplifiers and would provide much more tuning capability.
bo  Feb 07, 2023 (Staff)
I am currently running a Stinger Heigh10, cerwin vega stroker 6.5 full range in my doors, cerwin vega 1 inch titanium pro horn tweeters and 4 6.5 cerwin vega subs. I am interested in using the dsp. I read that the dsp wired remote has to be used to control the volume . Does the dsp eliminate volume knob on the stinger heigh10?
chuck  Jan 15, 2023
1 answer
Technically, it isn't required to use the remote knob to adjust volume, but it is highly recommended. Adjusting the volume of the radio may result in minor changes in the EQ of the signal sent out of the radio and into the DSP. This could mean that the settings made on the DSP wouldn't have the same foundation off of which to work (like building a house on sand). Adjusting the volume with the remote knob for the DSP ensures that the settings you've made on the DSP remain unaffected.
zachary  Jan 15, 2023 (Staff)
I have a 2017 Chevy Impala premier. Without the Premium sound system I want to get the DM - 810 how would I wire it to my factory system? To add a spl system what I have now - my::- front stage 1 sundown audio set of 2 way SA Components for front stage doors and dash. - Rear stage::-1 set of sundown audio SA coaxial rear doors, 1 set of Sundown audio SA 6x9's to add to rear deck. What's in the trunk you ask!!- 1 sundown audio SALT 2000.6 amp-, 2 sundown audio SALT 2K amps ON 2 DC AUDIO ELITE 12's. On A NorthStar SMS AGM 480. How do I Incorporate the DM- 810 into my system to run the whole system!! off the factory head unit? Thank you for your time and help. DC Hobbs
dc  Nov 03, 2022
1 answer
Greetings DC, and thank you for your question. More detailed installation instruction would be from our tech support after the purchase. Briefly, you have your amplifiers already connected to the factory radio, then you disconnect the speaker wire leads from your amp/amps and run them thru the DM 810. After that DM 810 it is going to be RCA cables that go to your amplifier. If you have an aftermarket stereo you can use either the RCA in or the speaker level in.
hogan  Nov 03, 2022 (Staff)
Can I use a chromebook to adjust this dm-810?
kevin  Aug 22, 2021
3 answers
As long as you have the App downloaded and a usb to plug into. We used one at the shop.
jerry  Aug 22, 2021
I believe u can. If it's some sort of laptop then yes
everett  Aug 22, 2021
Should not be a problem, they provide a USB cable and Audio Control has the software on their website to install the user interface.
thomas  Aug 22, 2021
I am wondering if once this is installed by a pro . Is this something they set up and you don't need to make ajustment ? If you have to make ajustments do they have one old school that I can place in the dash ?
mitchell  Dec 28, 2020
1 answer
This is much more than just an equalizer. It has active crossovers, time delay settings, etc... I have experience in mobile audio install, albeit from 20 years ago, but setting this up was pretty straight forward for me. If you aren't confident in the install professional, or just want to make minor tweeks yourself, you can easily do it from a laptop or tablet.
gary  Dec 28, 2020
I am wondering is it possible to use a smart phone Galaxy note 9 to make adjustments ?
mitchell  Dec 28, 2020
4 answers
You can use it with your phone, however you also need the Bluetooth adapter for the dm810
kanowa  Dec 28, 2020
Due to the amount of information on the screen, I doubt you'd want to use anything other than a laptop or maybe a large tablet for this software. The supplied USB cable allows you to connect to either. There is an optional Bluetooth connection module (AC-BT24). I can't answer your question one way or another, but I'd recommend calling their customer support line as they are very responsive.
gary  Dec 28, 2020
Yes if you have the Bluetooth module and download the app for the dm 810 you can
dewey  Dec 28, 2020
Enter an anI have apple but I think that because the AudioControl AC-BT24 adapter works via Bluetooth, the adapter is sold separatelyswer to this question.
renzo  Dec 28, 2020
Can I feed the DM810 4 channels of high level speaker inputs ie front and rear, and get 10 channels line level outputs for the amps?
ronald  Sep 29, 2019
1 answer
yes, you can feed up to 8 speaker level input in to it. you could even feed it just two channels (as long as they are full-range) and you will still get 10 channels RCA out.
kanowa  Oct 17, 2019
Has AudioControl come out with a Mac compatible operating system yet? If not, will it run on a Mac using Parallels with Windows 7?
thomas  Jul 17, 2018
3 answers
I do not have a MAC, but from what I have read the DM-810 software for the MAC is actually better than the Windows version. Primarily because the user can see all inputs and outputs in the same window without the need for scrolling. In fact I am still waiting for the update to the Windows version.
douglas  Jul 21, 2018
Yes the software is on the AudioControl site next to the PC software.
nathan  Jul 18, 2018
They have the Smart Dsp app for the mac listed on Audiocontrols website if that what you are talking about.
jimmy  Jul 18, 2018
are the outputs balanced or unbalanced RCA's?
eli  Aug 24, 2017
1 answer
Channels 1-8 are stereo and 9&10 are mono
michael  Aug 24, 2017
Does this unit support MAC operating system?
r  Mar 01, 2017
1 answer
As of right now, it does not work with a MAC OS. However, I spoke with AudioControl. They are in the process of developing software for MAC computers. My Bio:
jason  Mar 13, 2017 (Staff)
Is the 32Hz subsonic fixed on or is it adjustable per any means whatsoever? Also is it allowed as a through filter? What slope is applied per octave?
wyatt  Dec 27, 2016
2 answers
This has fully adjustable EQ points. Regarding the crossover slopes, you have a couple choices, but I chose the Linkwitz-Riley at 24 db.
gary  Dec 28, 2020
After to speaking with AudioControl's support department, they informed me that *all* filters on the DM-810 are fully adjustable within the DM Smart App interface. Every output has an adjustable crossover, so you can change the value of the filter to your liking. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
david  Jan 01, 2017 (Staff)

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