elysia has announced availability of the xfilter 500, a true stereo EQ in 500 series format. elysia co-founder Dominik Klassen, told us, "The tricky technical demands resulting from the design of a linked stereo EQ have been handled with great care. Every single dual and quad layer pot we buy is measured with custom computer routines, and only the good ones go into production. A special series of low tolerance film capacitors aims at additional precision, all for the sake of a precise stereo image."
Here's the full details in elysia's own words:
The entire audio path of the xfilter 500 consists of 100% Class-A circuitry, resulting in an exceptionally open 'boutique' sound with impeccable transient projection and solid punch. These sensational sonic characteristics combine with a versatile feature set to make elysia's newest product the perfect tool for many different audio applications: processing single signals, creative sound shaping, mix bus duties, and even mastering.
The xfilter 500 is all about flexibility. It offers high- and low-shelf bands, both of which can be switched into high- and low-cut filters with resonance -- a special feature culled from eylsia's flagship equalizer, the museq. The xfilter 500 also provides two mid-peak filters with switchable (wide or narrow) Q factor. In addition to its four flexible active bands, the xfilter 500 features a unique switchable fixed LC filter for polishing the high frequency range. This passive filter mainly consists of a capacitor and a coil per channel that produce a slight resonance peak around 12kHz, focusing the saturation-like storage effect of the coil on the area around the peak without pushing the complete high frequency spectrum too much.
By linking its two channels, the xfilter eliminates the tedious task of matching the settings for the left and right channels during time-wasting knob-twiddling sessions. All stepped potentiometers ensure fast and precise recall of earlier settings.
The xfilter 500 is made in Germany, exclusively using top-quality components, gold-plated PCBs, a rugged 4mm aluminium front panel, and solid aluminium knobs.
The xfilter 500 can be seen and heard on elysia's Youtube channel.
Pricing and Availability:
$975.00 MAP ($1,049.00 MSRP), or 649 € net (plus VAT where applicable)