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What is required for proper equalization?

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Ok so I've got my system up and running and am looking in the near future to do some serious tuning. My Clarion only has a 3 band PEQ though it has both right and left channel settings. I'm thinking of the most economical way to add some more equalization control without just buying a 500$ DSP unit. I've considered upgrading to the Pioneer PRs800 since it has a 16 band graphic EQ with l/r settings, but I'd have to buy extra crap for the USB/Ipod port which the Clarion doesn't require. Not sure if it'd even be worth it for only 16 channels.

So it brings me to my question. What is the most important thing to look for in an EQ? Is it better to have only 16 channels of control if you have that many for each independant channel... or would it be better to have a full 30 band EQ that is for both channels?

I'm not looking to get "ruler flat" frequency response in the car, I'd just like enough to clean up any glaring peaks and valleys, and hopefully enough to help with imaging by adjusting both sides independently. Is the Pioneer good enough for this or should I find something outboard? I know the Audiocontrol DQS6 has what I "need", but I think it might be a bit overkill since I'm not going to enter any competitions.

What are you guys using and what has been enough to get what you wanted out of the sound? Independant l/r, 30 bands for shared channels, etc..?
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You can get some mono 30 bands like Audio Control EQT's. Might even be able to find some used ones?
The problem is I'm running active through my head unit so they'd have to be at least 4 channel. I figure the 3 PEQ's in my deck could handle any bass eq`ing I may need but I'd have to have 4 mono eq`s for mids/tweets. I could get 2 30 band eq's and run one for tweets and one for mids but it wouldn't be l/r independant. That is my major issue with an analog.

I could probably run 2 30 band EQ's if they have dual inputs. Use one for my left side(left tweeter in one input and left mid in the other) and one for my right. Though I'm not sure if because they're called "stereo" EQ's there is something that happens to the channels that can't work in that way.
Sound like your in the market for a Bitone/360.2/DSP6/DQX/DQXS or something like that.
To be honest... Unless you plan to compete, 16 band L and 16 band R is more than enough to flatten your response using an RTA. There are some bands that won't need any adjustments anyway.

And having less equipment in the audio path is always a plus.

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