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Gyratech g14 Review
Posted 2014-11-24 15:54:33 by Rob swienink
Review

After a few weeks of searching I found this equalizer at Helios. It's a true parallel-passive designed tube eq and it‘s certainly a looker with its black color and great switches. But how does it perform? Let's get to work.

Specs:

  • True tube, all passive stereo equalizer
  • 5 bans, 11 switchable frequencies
  • Variable "Q"
  • Separate boost/cut section
  • Output level trim
  • Hard bypass relay
  • E88CC (6DJ8) tubes

Usage:
Both channels are linked and controlled with one set of knobs. The Q's are low on boosting and higher when cutting. This is a very nice feature and works very well. The frequencies are selected with special attention to controllability of the midrange area, and with half an frequency-range overlap to the adjacent bands. It is a truely passive design based on switching a set of inductors and capacitors in and out of circuit - combined with an E88CC (6DJ8) tube-based makeup gain/output stage. The max boost/cut is 10-12db depending on the Q setting.

Conclusion:
The g14 does have a certain sound to it, but it's very sterile at the same time. It's very smooth and just sounds amazing. At the prices they are going for at this moment it's a bargain aswell. The only thing it doesn't have is a lpf/hpf cut.But that's just a minor inconvenience. This gyraf g14 is just what I needed and it's not going away for a long time.

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