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Equator D5 Freedom Special

You Are Now Free To Mix

San Diego, California, United States, July, 2013… Equator Audio recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has launched an Independence Special consisting of the D5 monitors, the D5 monitors carrying case, the D5 monitor vibration resistant pads, 2 high quality professional 6’ balance XLR to TRS 1/4” 16 gauge cables as well as a mini jack to two RCA with ¼” adapter cable for quick connection to a computer, ipod, ipad or phone. Bought separately these items would sell for close to $500 but this special package will sell for $349. The special runs July 2 through July 7, 2013.

Direct D5 sales have been on an extended upward trajectory and continue to make their way into acclaimed hands for mission critical work. Many purchases are carrying the monitors to remote locations. The carrying case simplifies the transport (normally a $39.99 value). The two 6’ high quality cables (normally $12.50 ea) are for professional connection from a sound card or mixer to the D5s. Some are using the D5s to monitor their ipod or for pleasure listening. The included mini cable makes connections very easy (normally a $5.99 value). The included foam pads use a vibration resistant technology that reduces the amount of sympathetic vibrations that might occur when your D5s couple with your desktop (normally a $19.99 value).

The new D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of a small (9.75″ x 7″ x 8.5″), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. It features a coaxially designed 5.25” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2 x 50w RMS. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53Hz–20 kHz.

To achieve extensive mid-range detail the D5 shares much of the acclaimed Equator Q Series technology. Like all Equator 2-way active monitoring systems, the D5 employs a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with internal DSP handling numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally-Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pin-point accurate voicing.

The D5 Independence Special is available directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

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EQUATOR D8 STUDIO MONITOR PRODUCTION SET

Late June Delivery Planned

New D8 8" Coaxial Reference Monitor with internal DSP

New D8 8" Coaxial Reference Monitor with internal DSP

San Diego, California, United States, June 2013… Equator Audio Research recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced the development of the new D8 direct filed reference monitor. The D8, like its smaller sibling the D5, features a coaxial design with internal DSP.

D5 sales have been on an extended upward trajectory and continue to make their way into acclaimed hands for mission critical work. As the acceptance of the D5 as a standard in direct field monitoring has grown so to have the requests for a speaker that has the same sound characteristics and mid-range accuracy but plays louder and better delivers the low frequencies.

The Equator D8 online direct list price is $777 per pair. ETA is June 28th. Pre-orders are being accepted.

The new D8 studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of an affordable, accurate, well-voiced, full range reference studio monitor solution with extensive mid-range clarity and accurate low end extension. It features an 8” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet with an appropriately tuned 2 ½” port. The smart digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 60w to the woofer and 40w to the tweeter. SPL is rated at 106 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 44Hz–20 kHz.

To achieve extensive mid-range detail the D8 shares much of the acclaimed Equator Q Series technology. Like all Equator 2-way active monitoring systems, the D8 employs a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with internal DSP handling numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally-Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pin-point accurate voicing.

New D8 8" Coaxial Reference Monitor with internal DSP

New D8 8" Coaxial Reference Monitor with internal DSP

A note from the President about the voicing:
In early January, Steve, our major code guy and all around brilliant engineer, and I journeyed from San Diego to Hollywood to spend a day sitting with members of the Equator Technical Advisory Committee. Along with a pair of D8 prototypes we brought a software based development system that Steve had originally put together for the D5 development. The system continues to evolve. It provides direct access to the internal DSP, allowing us to make ever more intricate voicing adjustments without introducing phase anomalies. The goal here was to get the pros to once again lend their expertise in fine tuning the voicing of the speakers. Honestly, we like to think of ourselves as the pros but these folks make critical real world listening decisions all day every day and have hits and awards to prove the veracity of their reputations. Flat is great but these folks know what works in their world and what doesn’t. Flat isn’t always the best solution. I find it extremely valuable to get professional confirmation.

We spent hours of listening and adjusting separately with Gerhard Joost and Francis Buckley. At one point Gerhard absolutely cranked the volume to extreme levels for an extended period. We were happily surprised at how well the D8 handled it. Funny how united the pro recording community actually is … all of our award winning Technical Advisory Committee members are friends and over the years have worked on various projects together. And they all seem to master at Grundman.

So, toward the end of the day we all converged for an evening session at Grundman Mastering with Chris Bellman. Interestingly, the first mastered track Chris pulled up was Jennifer Warnes “Rock You Gently” from the re-mastered Hunter CD. I didn’t realize that Chris had mastered that CD, but as fate would have it, that tune was one of the tunes we had been using to pre-voice the D8 just days before. We were now listening to the master in the room it was mastered in by the person that mastered it. Gerhard and Francis listened from the back of the room as Chris had his turn in the voicing spotlight. At each of our stops that day we started the voicing process with the same pre-voiced curve.

Chris’ adjustments were many but subtle. He proceeded to make very minor (at times 1/10th of a dB) adjustments – monitoring back and forth from his Grundman (no one knows for sure what’s behind that curtain but Bernie) Voodoo speakers and the D8s. Being a Grammy™ producing world class mastering engineer, Chris paid focused attention to the mid-range and high frequency detail. After many adjustments throughout the frequency range he eventually focused on the upper low end. He applied a series of extremely slight adjustments in the 150Hz range. After one such minor adjustment, the midrange opened up substantially. It was like a blanket was lifted off of the speakers. The detail was amazing. I had thought the D8s were sounding good before this adjustment but this slight adjustment made a dramatic difference. I looked back at Steve, Gerhard and Francis and they all smiled … they heard it too. It seemed that Chris had hit the sweet spot. “Don’t touch a thing, we’re done!”

It was a long eventful day worthy of a Sushi celebration. FYI: Just down the block from Grundman, at Hollywood and Gower, is a great little Sushi place that Chris has turned us on to: Sushi Ike’s. So, we went to Sushi Ike’s for Sushi and Saki (I’ll pay this price for their expertise anytime) …. after lots of both I had to ask “did the D8s really sound that good?” We walked back to Grundman for another late night listen. Chris fired up the Hunter master tracks and we all quietly listened to the entire collection. When the last track faded, Chris turned around from his mastering seat and said “These things sound good!” That is a rare statement from Chris. We all agreed. We knew we had something special. Of interest: all 3 experts applied dips in the lower frequency range to allow those over tones crowding the mid-range to get out of the way.

Unfortunately on that day in January our 4th technical advisor, Elton Ahi, was out of town. So, some time later I scheduled a voicing session with Elton. We converged on Rusk (Elton’s studio). Elton is very pragmatic; he tweaked both the mid-high frequencies and the low frequencies. When he finally hit his spot he got very excited. He was pleased with what he heard. His adjustments were instantly applied internally to Boundary Position 2 of the D8s. The speakers were then left with Elton for an extended stay so he could do a complete mix. His response: “I guess now I have to change all my monitors out!” Of significant note: After using the D8s for a week or so Elton let me know that he had a real appreciation for boundary position 3. Position 2, appropriate for overall balance and position 3 for realizing the details.

The result of Elton’s tweaks resulted in a very flat response. My sense is that Elton naturally gravitates toward a flatter response. Of course that somewhat changed after he experienced position 3.

So we elected to make the boundary switch choices as follows:

Boundary position 3: the free standing position (the original Jan. voicing with extensive mid-range detail) a dip at 150-200Hz and a rise at 6500Hz.

Boundary position 2: a flattening out of the 150Hz-200Hz dip and a flattening out of the 6500Hz rise. Boundary position 2 sweeps very flat.

Boundary position 1: an additional 2.5 dB roll off (from position 2) from 1k down to 44Hz. (Appropriate for a wall position placement of the speaker).

With the arrival of the D8 the Q8 is officially discontinued.

Ted Keffalo
President
Equator Audio Research

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

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Equator Announces Free Freight in the US

All Equator speakers ship free in the US

San Diego, California, United States, April 2013… Equator Audio Research recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced that for the remainder of April and for all of May 2013 all speaker shipments within the United Sates will be shipped for free.

D5 sales have been on an extended upward trajectory and continue to make their way into acclaimed hands for mission critical work. “The best way to further their advancement is to ship them for free” Commented Equator general manager Marty Bradley.

The free shipping in the US promotion is not limited to the D5. Any speaker purchased and shipped from Equator headquarters in San Diego to any US destination will ship free of charge. Including the much heavier Q Series monitors

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

Equator Audio Announces New D8 Monitors


San Diego, California, April 2013… Equator Audio Research recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced the development of the new D8 direct field reference monitor. The D8, like its smaller sibling the D5, features a coaxial design with internal DSP.

D5 sales have been on an extended upward trajectory and continue to make their way into acclaimed hands for mission critical work. As the acceptance of the D5 as a standard in direct field monitoring has grown, so to have the requests for a speaker that has the same sound characteristics and mid-range accuracy as the D5 but plays louder and delivers more low frequencies.

The D8 is the perfect response to those requests.

The new D8 studio monitor is geared for the recording professional in need of an affordable, accurate, well-voiced, full range reference studio monitor solution with extensive mid-range clarity and accurate low end extension. It features an 8” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet with an appropriately tuned 2 ½” port. The smart digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 60w to the woofer and 40w to the tweeter. SPL is rated at +106 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 40Hz–20 kHz.

To achieve extensive mid-range detail the D8 shares much of the acclaimed Equator Q Series technology. Like all Equator 2-way active monitoring systems, the D8 employs a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with internal DSP handling numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally-Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pin-point accurate voicing.

The D8 is expected to ship in May of 2013.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

Equator Offers ¼” to XLR Audio Cable

Direct Price of $12.50 ea

San Diego, California …. Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications announced the availability of a quality 2m ¼” to XLR audio cable.

To insure quality performance the balanced ¼” TRS to XLR, 16 gauge flexible audio cable is 2m long (6 feet) with gold plated contact points. The Equator Audio Cable was designed to connect the D5 (or any other professional monitor) to most computer audio interfaces.

“Having sold thousands of D5 studio monitors, customers have continually asked us what is the best way to connect the D5 to their audio interface” Commented Marty Bradley, Equator specialist. “Now we can point them to a quality recording cable and because we can sell it direct online they can get it at a really great price.”

The cable is now available at Equatoraudio.com for $12.50ea and comes with a year guarantee.

The D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of a small (9.75″ x 7″ x 8.5″), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. It features a coaxially designed 5.25” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2 x 50w RMS. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53Hz–20 kHz.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

Equator Audio to Offer D5 Summer Special

San Diego, California, United States, August, 2012… Equator Audio Research recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has launched a summer special consisting of the D5 monitors, the D5 monitors carrying case, the D5 monitor vibration resistant pads and the min jack to two RCA with ¼” adaptor cable for quick connection to a computer, ipod, ipad or phone. The package would normally sell for over $365 but this summer special packages the items for $329.99 + freight.

Direct D5 sales have been on an extended upward trajectory and continue to make their way into acclaimed hands for mission critical work. Many purchases are carrying the monitors to remote locations. The carrying case simplifies the transport (normally a $39.99 value). Some are using the D5s to monitor their ipod or for pleasure listening. The included cable makes connections very easy (normally a $5.99 value). The included foam pads use a vibration resistant technology that reduces the amount of sympathetic vibrations that might occur when your D5s couple with your desktop (normally a $19.99 value).

Sympathetic vibrations: ‘a vibration produced in one body by the vibrations of exactly the same period in a neighboring body.’ Simply put: emanating low frequencies can cause an unintended rattle. This problem can be exasperated when the vibrating speaker cabinet is touching a surface, thereby transferring vibrations, causing a foreign object to vibrate. That additional vibration can cause distortion. That distortion can easily affect your audio in a negative way.

One fix is to place your monitor on a vibration resistant pad.

The new D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of a small (9.75″ x 7″ x 8.5″), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. It features a coaxially designed 5.25” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2 x 50w RMS. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53Hz–20 kHz.

To achieve extensive mid-range detail the D5 shares much of the acclaimed Equator Q Series technology. Like all Equator 2-way active monitoring systems, the D5 employs a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with internal DSP handling numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally-Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pin-point accurate voicing.

The D5 Summer Special is available directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

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Equator Offers Direct Sale of Q10 for $899 Ea

New Distribution Model Provides Dramatic User Savings

San Diego, California August, 2012 … Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced a new pricing and distribution model for the Q10, digitally-controlled, bi-amplified, coaxial designed reference monitor.

The Q10 measures 15in x 15in x 15in and features a 10” woofer coupled with a true high-powered 1” compression horn driver. A two-way active system, the Q10 enclosure is constructed of 13-ply Baltic birch, heavily braced for cabinet rigidity. It features 800w of peak power (400 watts continuous), Max SPL 112 dB, Frequency response of 32Hz-22kHz.

All Equator monitors feature a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with Digitally-Controlled Transducers™. A CPU resides inside each monitor to handle such tasks as matching the transducers and incorporating the crossover.

The Q Series monitors use DSP technology for room optimization as well. Included is MAC/PC software that enables the engineer to employ automated room analysis and compensation or intricate manual compensation for existing acoustic anomalies. Issues created by placement/boundary, node/anti-node and secondary reflections within the listening environment can be addressed. Along with the environmental sonic compensation, the software provides direct control over the monitors, including equalization, mute, solo and phase.

Equator Audio has experienced a dramatic upswing in internet activity and internet sales. With the introduction of the D5 (a new small coaxial monitor sold direct for $299 per pair) the online sales model has proven to be quite effective. The Q10, through normal sales channels (distributor, rep, and dealer) had previously cost the end user $1795 each. Offering it direct eliminates the middle man and by reducing margins Equator is able to deliver this highly developed, feature laden product for $899 each. The big winner here is the end-user who will be to able to purchase a high-quality product for a price well below its normal market value.

The Q10s are available directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

New Distribution Model Provides Dramatic User Savings On Q10 Monitors

Equator Audio to Offer D5 De-Coupling Pads.

Equator D5 Monitor with Isolation Pad

Vibration Resistant Pads for Under $20pr

San Diego, California, United States, May, 2012… Equator Audio Research recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced the availability of new the D5 Placement Pads.

Direct D5 monitor sales have been on an extended upward trajectory and the D5s continue to make their way into acclaimed hands for mission critical work. To allow the D5s to perform better Equator Audio is now offering D5 De-Coupling Pads for less than $20 pair. These foam pads use a vibration resistant technology that reduces the amount of sympathetic vibrations that might occur when your D5s couple with your desktop.

Sympathetic vibrations: ‘a vibration produced in one body by the vibrations of exactly the same period in a neighboring body.’ Simply put: emanating low frequencies can cause an unintended rattle. This problem can be exasperated when the vibrating speaker cabinet is touching a surface, thereby transferring vibrations, causing a foreign object to vibrate. That additional vibration can cause distortion. That distortion can negatively affect audio monitoring.

The fix is a vibration resistant placement pad. They serve a couple of purposes:

1) By placing one under each D5 sympathetic vibrations are reduced.
2) These Pads point the D5s upward which, in most desktop situations, can dramatically improve the dispersion.

and they look great … these charcoal grey pads are sized specifically for the D5: 7′ across by 8.5′ deep and 2′ high in the front and 1′ high in the back. Etched into the front is the Equator Logo.

The new D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of a small (9.75″ x 7″ x 8.5″), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. It features a coaxially designed 5.25” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2 x 50w RMS. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53Hz–20 kHz.

To achieve extensive mid-range detail the D5 shares much of the acclaimed Equator Q Series technology. Like all Equator 2-way active monitoring systems, the D5 employs a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with internal DSP handling numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally-Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pin-point accurate voicing.

The D5s are available directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

Equator D5s Enhance Eric Church FOH Mix.

D5s in Use for Live Performance

San Diego, California March, 2012 …. Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has found their reference monitors being used to enhance live performance mixes. Most recently the new Equator D5s have been used during the sold out Eric Church “Blood, Sweat, and Beers” tour.

FOH mix engineer for the tour, Brent Sparks commented: “I’ve never used near fields mixing live, but am currently using Equator D5′s. I have to say the D5′s have been amazing for zeroing in on the ultimate live mix, helping to tune up my ears and consequently the PA tuning as well.”

“I originally bought the D5′s for critical listening at home, but used them in rehearsal and found them highly beneficial.” Brent continued. As ticket sales have exceeded expectations, so have the db levels of the system and the audience. At a certain point Brent intends to move up to Q Series monitors for his reference but for now the D5s are firmly planted on his console.

The new D5 (Direct 5) studio monitors are geared for the recording professional in need of a small (9.75″ x 7″ x 8.5″), affordable, accurate, well-voiced, reference studio monitor solution. It features a coaxially designed 5.25” woofer and center mounted 1” silk tweeter in an all wood cabinet. The newly designed digital amplifier boasts extremely low distortion specs and delivers 2 x 50w RMS. SPL is rated at 103 dB combined @ 1m. Frequency response is 53Hz–20 kHz.

To achieve extensive mid-range detail the D5 shares much of the acclaimed Equator Q Series technology. Like all Equator 2-way active monitoring systems, the D5 employs a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with internal DSP handling numerous tasks, including matching the Digitally-Controlled Transducer’s™ output and the ability to apply pin-point accurate voicing.

The D5s are available for $299 per pair directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio Research
Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

Equator Offers Direct Sale of Q8 for $499 Ea

New Distribution Model Provides Dramatic User Savings
Equator Q8 Reference Monitors

Equator Q8 Monitor

San Diego, California February, 2012 …. Equator Audio Research, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of highly accurate studio reference monitors for mission critical recording applications has announced a new pricing and distribution model for the Q8, digitally-controlled, bi-amplified, coaxial designed reference monitor.

Measuring 13in x 13in x 13in and featuring an 8” woofer coupled with a high-powered 1” compression horn driver, the Q8 delivers the power and accuracy of Equator’s larger Q Series models in a more compact form factor. A two-way active system, the Q8 enclosure is constructed of 13-ply Baltic birch, heavily braced for cabinet rigidity. It features 800w of peak power (400 watts continuous), Max SPL 110 dB, Frequency response of 38Hz-22kHz.
All Equator monitors feature a Zero-Point Reference™ coaxial design with Digitally-Controlled Transducers™. A CPU resides inside each monitor to handle such tasks as matching the transducers and incorporating the crossover.

The Q Series monitors use DSP technology for room optimization as well. Included MAC/PC software enables the engineer to manually compensate for acoustic anomalies in addition to issues created by placement/boundary and secondary reflections within the listening environment. Along with the environmental compensation, the software provides control over the monitors, including equalization, mute, solo and phase.

Equator Audio has experienced a dramatic upswing in internet activity and internet sales. With the introduction of the D5 (a new small coaxial monitor sold direct for $299 per pair) the online sales model has proven to be quite effective. Requests for an 8” version of the D5 have been pouring in. Equator is able to address those requests through the rechanneling of the existing Q8. The Q8, through normal sales channels (distributor, rep, and dealer) had previously cost the end user $3000 per pair ($1500 ea). Offering it direct eliminates the middle man and by reducing margins Equator is able to deliver this highly developed, feature laden product for $499 each. The big winner here is the end-user who will be to able to purchase a high-quality product for a price well below its normal market value.

The Q8s are available directly from the Equator online store.

About Equator Audio Research

Equator Audio Research is committed to delivering studio reference monitor solutions that overcome the myriad of challenges faced in today’s production environment. From our phase and time accurate coaxial designs to our matched transducer manufacturing to our sophisticated Q Series Room Analysis and compensation software; our products meticulously provide solutions to existing sonic obstacles. Equator products are used daily in mission-critical applications at many of the world’s finest recording studios. For additional information on all Equator Audio products, visit the company online at www.equatoraudio.com.

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