September 11, 2006

Well, it ain't cheap or anything...

by Chris Randall

Some day, when the fairy godmother turns me in to a real boy, I'll have my dream rig. And in pride of place will be a dozen or so of these motherfuckers, just announced by API. Essentially two 550B eqs in a single rack space, with some extra features. These are best explained by API directly:

The 5500 will be at AES and will ship in quantity shortly thereafter. We will have pricing details at the show as well. The cost will be more than just 2 550B's because as you may have noticed, the 5500 is actually 3 EQ's in one - the range switch lets you reduce the steps in the boost/cut to become a 550D or a 550M. We'll try to keep the pricing less than 3 times the cost of one EQ, however.

By my math, that comes to roughly $3600 a throw. That's a lot of money, when you consider you can buy a pair of 550B carts and have enough left over for a lunchbox, plus a cart of your choice from another company. That said, you know that looks are more important to me than sound, and this looks really fucking nice. There's some marketspeak here, but it won't tell you anything beyond what's above.




Sep.12.2006 @ 12:05 PM
penzoil washington
start hitting that price point and there are some really painfully wonderful eq's to choose from... ie; massive passive.

Sep.12.2006 @ 12:18 PM
Chris Randall
The Massive Passive is just too Massive for me. I like to grab a knob and have something happen.

You're right about there being a lot to choose from in that price range, though. There's a lot of great EQs at _half_ that price.



Sep.12.2006 @ 10:53 PM
Great river EQ-2NV
Crane Song IBIS
Summit EQP-200B
Empirical Labs Lil FrEQ (x2)
Neve Portico 5033 (x2)

Suddenly I feel like I have turrets syndrome....I just couldn't help but blurt those out. Sorry bout that.


Sep.12.2006 @ 11:20 PM
Chris Randall
Of course, it's worth mentioning that none of those are an API 550B, the absolute greatest rock EQ ever made, and this is. But then again, like I said, it'd be cheaper to do a lunchbox and carts.



Sep.13.2006 @ 2:04 PM
$3600 is just way too much bank for what this is. I'd expect $3600 if they went with 24 position switches for the cut/boost controls and had in/out switches per band. Adding a global switch for .5, 1, or 2db cut/boost increments sounds like a hack. More worrisome is how they went about accomplishing this. I'll see if they'll let me take a look under the hood at AES in a couple weeks. Not that I really care to go from lunchbox 550bs to a couple rack mount units.

Sep.13.2006 @ 10:25 PM
penzoil washington
So a fully parametric Pultec with overlapping frequencies and plus/minus 20 db per band (Massive Passive) sounds like nothing's happening when you switch it in? I find that thing is a beast!



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