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A yes are having eqs worth it? like does it help any? im looking at the CLARION EQS746 eq, Im not sure how you hook these up but if someone could help me i would appreciate it? does having one of these cancel out the eq on the hu and the eqs on the amps? Does it even Cancel out the remote bass knob for the sub amp? So do i run a RCA for each out put of my Hu like Sub, Front, Rear, to each Input on the EQ? or would i just run one set of RCAs out of the Hu to the Main Input on the EQ then run seperate RCAS to each amp, like Sub to Sub Amp, Front To Fronts Amp? does it give you better sound and control? thanks


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Good question x2


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they can help you or hurt you if you don't know how to set them properly...and most people don't know how :fyi:


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they can help you or hurt you if you don't know how to set them properly...and most people don't know how :fyi:

 

It's too much to get into IMO unless you want absolutely perfect SQ.


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A yes are having eqs worth it? like does it help any? im looking at the CLARION EQS746 eq, Im not sure how you hook these up but if someone could help me i would appreciate it? does having one of these cancel out the eq on the hu and the eqs on the amps? Does it even Cancel out the remote bass knob for the sub amp? So do i run a RCA for each out put of my Hu like Sub, Front, Rear, to each Input on the EQ? or would i just run one set of RCAs out of the Hu to the Main Input on the EQ then run seperate RCAS to each amp, like Sub to Sub Amp, Front To Fronts Amp? does it give you better sound and control? thanks

 

External EQ's dont cancel anything, just makes the signal better by "Cleaning" it up. Bass knob is just like a bass volume, it's not really an EQ. Yes, they do give you better sound control. You can adjust things to your liking. Just dont get a cheap EQ. Not sure how to hook up your specific brand but in general, you need that signal to pass throught it right? So hook up sub RCA out to the EQ in, the from EQ out to amp in. Power and ground and remote turn out just like amp.

 

EDIT: Same thing for a mids/highs amp but use the corresponding out from the HU.


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they can help you or hurt you if you don't know how to set them properly...and most people don't know how :fyi:

 

X2, or you can get it set by a professional. I used to use one but not anymore. Too complicated to adjust for me.


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ok but does the eqs having like 7 volt outputs, will that help with the power?


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30 band parametric EQ's can be had for

 

Helps as much as you know how to use it! Ideally you'll use it to tame peaks rather than boost weak spots. Weak spots are typically phase issues / standing waves and boosting the frequencies will only strain equipment and add distortion. Re-thinking install location/aiming or more advanced processing would be needed to fix those sorts of problems.

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ok but does the eqs having like 7 volt outputs, will that help with the power?

 

Not sure, like I said b4...too complicated for me. Talk with the sales rep tech for that product or talk with someone with more knowledge about external EQ's.


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With my setup, it was night and day once I adjusted everything. Especially after I used an RTA; God, that REALLY made a difference!

 

My EQ is built into my HU (16 band). I'd actually like to get an external one at some point.

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they are well worth it once everything is setup properly....


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With my setup, it was night and day once I adjusted everything. Especially after I used an RTA; God, that REALLY made a difference!

 

My EQ is built into my HU (16 band). I'd actually like to get an external one at some point.

 

What headunit?


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What headunit?

 

My mistake, it's a 13 band.

 

Kenwood DDX812.

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I have one. It does help. Maybe if you haven't bought an head unit just yet just get one that is built in to the radio.

 

But I have an external one and it helps to fine tune my sound and I use it a lot. It could be because my HU is old and it doesnt bring the best/sharp sound quality i like.

 

I am not sure if this is an installer error but whenever i turn my car on or off, i get this loud/pop feedback through my speakers. But without the EQ i dont.

 

The brand you are looking to get is the brand i have.

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isn't it a HU that automatically adjust the EQ i forget the brand, but remember someone was mad because it was difficult to set the EQ manually unless you bought some extra unit to go to it.


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An EQ is really a must for a good sounding car system but if it is used improperly it will just make things worse.


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I love my 16 band graphic, took me about an hour to get it right once everything else was set up. There were 3-4 frequencies boosted by 1 or 2 db and 3 or 4 frequencies cut by one but just the small tweaks made a big difference. The most common tendency is over-equalization to overcompensate for equipment or install deficiencies. This just puts you closer to a clipped signal and often causes you to trade one frequency response problem for another.

 

First lesson in EQ: Someone at some point will advise you all you need to do is make the graph a big smiley face by boosting the lows and highs. Ignore them.


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A component set = pair of midwoofer's and a pair of tweeter's

 

and nobody cares what your sub is.

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Im getting a Zapco Eq today cause I need one. I have a stock HU. I want my stuff to sound clean..


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My Audiocontrol 3.1 is excellent. It has a para bass adjustment between 40-80hz, gain control for bass, sub control volume, volume button and 3 simple band adjustments for bass, mid bass and treble. Excellent and made in the USA.


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If you know how to properly use and adjust an EQ they are a must have....If you dont know how to use an EQ they are a must not have unless you are willing to learn how to listen and properly adjust.

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If you know how to properly use and adjust an EQ they are a must have....If you dont know how to use an EQ they are a must not have unless you are willing to learn how to listen and properly adjust.

 

I agree, many do not know the basics of frequency response and what frequencies create what sounds. This plays a big role depending on what equipment you have, and if that equipment naturally peaks at certain frequencies i.e comp sets, 6x9's, subs. Unless you want to do some major research, and alot of listening it will just create more problems than solutions.


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I just got an audiocontrol DQX. I would say it's worth it!

I dont use a headunit so when i run speakers, i have to stick with what i had and only adjust via low-pass high-pass and passive tweeter adjusments. With this thing it's almost crazy how much better it sounds. It worked for me very well and i wouldn't mind spending another hundred or 2 for another unit.

I used it more to calm down the tweeter and raise mid a little, helped blend with the sub better and I hear no distortion even at max volume, my ipod barely puts out 1volt but the DQX helps raise that. you turn down the gain on your amps so yout get no hissing at 0 volume. I get very very little hissing and it has to be dead quite to be able to hear, thats due to having to turn the dqx gains all the way up(again, ipod puts out weak power).

I would suggest you try one and see if you like it, i know i did.

I have used a cheap pyle eq(LOL @ me) and i didnt like that one bit. SO dont go cheap on it either.


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ok but does the eqs having like 7 volt outputs, will that help with the power?

Most stock head units put out like maybe .5 Volts. usually aftermarket headunits put out from 3-5. You have to remember that adding 7 volts along with whatever you have on your head unit (lets say 3 for arguments sake) will give you 10 Volts preout. Thats crazy good. My old head unit pushed out 5 Volts and it sounded great with all my set up. But I also had all the settings on my amps exactly the way I wanted them. The EQ on my head unit was on 0 for treble, mid, and bass. In my opinion an equalizer would be a waste of money unless you have meters and know exactly how you want it to sound and are going to sound competitions. The only good thing I see coming out of an external equalizer is the 7 volt add on. So my final opinion is to invest in a line driver. These puppies can bump up your voltage 9-13 volts. That will make your speakers/subs sound cleaner since the gain on your amps can be turned down which gets rid of alot of distortion. Hope I helped


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