Since these things look like they are going to be hitting super affordable prices and very little knowledge seems to be out there, I figure I'll post some stuff on it. (Plus gets me an entry in the raffle since any driver review by my rusty ears of doom would help no one! )
Anyways, just got this in today so this first post in just some initial information. Hopefully will be followed up with some hands-on notes in a few days.
Please excuse the pics....my audio hobby has left me little funds to replace my aging Nikon 2mp camera.....
Just for the record, this is one from Ikesound.com and yes, it was on ~$160 shipped. Its definately new in box. All new hardware, no signs of use on anything, no refrub stickers or scratched off S/N's.
Very nice looking pieces. Processor unit is probably about 6" x 4". The controller is 1/2 din, probably an inch deep so no velcroing this one on. Pieces are stamped, made in korea.
Won't know how readable the display is until I power it on and hit the sunlight, but hopefully, this will be a set and leave it alone. Buttons are large enough and well laid out. Only issue I don't like is one of the buttons is a disgusied rubber cap for the usb port. Not sure how long that will stay around before tearing off or discoloring. I'd probably like the port on the processor more than the controller but they didn't ask!
The processor has 3 sets of inputs, 3 sets of outputs and standard power block and controller port. Labeled for front, rear and sub. Although intersting enough, you can change those designations so front in doesn't go to front out.
Flipping through the manual, so things I like about the unit:
- low, bandpass, mid are all adjustable from 20hz to 20khz
- selectable slopes 6, 12, 18, 24 as well as selectable filters (butterworth or L-R)
- time alignment on each channel
- gain on each channel
- volume on each channel
- Q variable 0.1-9.0 (honestly, no idea what this does...but will definately play around with it)
Items I don't like about it:
- manual sucks! Its like 10 pages and barely describes any of the functions. Complete contrast to the Pioneer manuals for say the 860 I had which was a book that described not only functions but some theory behind them
- phase switch on each channel
- usb port on the front (which from reading the manual, probably has no support options yet)
Items I'm unsure about:
- don't know if you can drive all 6 outputs for one set of inputs? Manual never mentions this. If not, I'm going to have a mess of splitters.
- 7-band parametric eq. Not sure how well I'll like this. I've always used graphic eqs so this will be different.
- not sure how easy the menu will be to navigate
- not sure if crossovers will force the hp/lp for the drivers to be the same point of it you can over/under lap the ranges
These questions and more, I'm going to try to dive into over the next few days/weeks. But overall, I'd have to say this is the best new item I've bought for $160.