Mountlake Terrace, Wash. - The opening price of AudioControl signal processor/equalizers, designed to improve the sound of factory head units, will drop to a suggested $299 with the June availability of the LCQ-1.
It will join the $599-suggested DQL-8.
The new signal processor connects to the speaker-level outputs of factory radios and amplifiers, acts as a bridge to aftermarket amplifiers and speakers, and incorporates an equalizer to tune response to the car's interior.
The 6-inch by 6-inch device features six speaker-level inputs and six preamp-level outputs, whereas the DQL-8 features eight speaker-level inputs and six preamp outputs.
LCQ-1 features include individual equalization controls for the front, rear and subwoofer channels; internal channel summing to interface with factory amps equipped with built-in crossovers; and input for an optional ACR-2 Remote Level Control to control subwoofer output and switch equalization in and out during customer demos.
The device also incorporates proprietary AccuBASS technology to automatically correct for the bass roll-off common in many factory-installed audio systems, the company said.
The LCQ-1 lacks the crossover, optional auxiliary input and line driver of the more expensive DQL-8, which also adds digital signal processing and more sophisticated equalization. The remote level control is optional in the LCQ-1 and standard with the DQL-8.