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Reviews Categories | Microphone Equalizers & Transmit Audio Accessories | W2IHY EQ Plus Help

Reviews Summary for W2IHY EQ Plus
W2IHY EQ Plus Reviews: 131 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $TBD
Description: The processing power of a full-blown audio rack in a single compact, shack-friendly component.
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AB9TX Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2012 08:15 Send this review to a friend
Nice Mic Shaping  Time owned: more than 12 months
Added the EQ Plus a year ago for on the fly mic shaping.
The unsolicited audio report range from great to the "best I have ever heard" - good enough for me.
I had a intermittant after almost a year with the box, the downward expander had some distortion. I mailed it to his tech in Texas, he had problem duplicating the issue.
Julius replaced it with a new one, free.
If you find a better person in ham radio, or anywhere for that matter, let me know.
G0OJG Rating: 5/5 Dec 7, 2012 13:05 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic audio with punch  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have had my EQplus since August 2012 and from day one i have had very good results on the dx side,the EQplus gives me so much presence in pile ups i often get in after one or two calls were as before it was in the hands of the dx-gods.If you read through the reviews about this product you will hear people telling tales of the inverter Julius ringing them up to offer advice on any problems that they may encounter,well i sent Julius a email in the morning UK time"day of this Review"by the afternoon i had received a phone call from Julius and after a ten minute conversation with him he give me instructions on how to resolve my problem and sure enough my problem has now gone oh and it turned out not to be the EQplus.
Thank you Julius for a wonderful product and after service.Next on my list is the 8 band equalizer.
K6SPY Rating: 5/5 Nov 21, 2012 14:32 Send this review to a friend
Additional comments  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Today I had my first long-winded QSO on 20m after getting the settings honed in... I received a signal report of "Very loud audio, DX quality,not objectionable at all, wouldn't change a thing" report. Cannot get much better than that. I wish I had bought these products years ago.
N3QVB Rating: 5/5 Sep 12, 2012 12:21 Send this review to a friend
Long time user  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm listening to a recent podcast Julius did, and it prompted me to write this. I bought the 8 Band EQ and the EQ Plus about 5 years ago. At that time it was the best upgrade I had made to my station. Always positive comments about my audio, and being in disbelief I was only running barefoot into a G5RV at 35-feet. I was QRT from 2010 until March of this year as I moved from Philadelphia PA to the Nashville TN area. I have the same 100 watts with a G5RV up at 70-feet. Once again, glowing reports. What I love about these boxes is that the audio doesn't sound enhanced or processed. Very natural. You should definitely check it out.
WE5ST Rating: 5/5 Aug 1, 2012 13:51 Send this review to a friend
K3 never sounded better  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Customer service - as good as any in any industry!
Build quality - ditto!
Price/Value - fair price, especially considering the level of service. Julius seems to think that if you buy his gear, new or used, you should own it and be happy with the device for life!

The K3 has a lot of audio options built in and certainly very good audio quality is only a matter of getting your K3 matched to your mic and voice.
That said, I believe the compression and Downward Expander (noise gating) of the EQplus is more effective than that built into the K3. Just my opinion.
For certain, the EQplus is more convenient to adjust on the fly. There are additional features of W2IHY box that are not included in the K3;
- 2 band EQ (bass & treble) for quick adjustments to conditions.
- front panel mic impedance matching
- 48V phantom power on/off
- independent mic and output gain
Back panel access is provided for two types of mic input, selectable output matching for Icom, Kenwood & Yaesu rigs. The Kenwood position matches the K3 if going to the front mic input of the K3.
I am using the W2IHY combo of 8 Band EQ and EQplus with my K3 in ESSB mode. Mic is an EV RE-20, a good quality dynamic mic. I have also used this combo with a good quality MXL condenser mic.
Bottom line = I consistently have stations call after hearing me in QSO with other stations with comments about my audio. Seems I have hit the sweet spot I was looking for. Not heavily processed but "adjusted and strengthened" to enhance my older voice.
At 63 yrs., seems my voice quality has migrated to mostly mid-tones, not a lot of dynamic range I guess.
Wish list - #1) combine the two products into one box, primarily adding the 8 eq sliders to the top of the EQplus. #2)Add more mic switching options for XLR and 1/4" inputs as well as the ability to switch multiple mics out to single or even multiple rigs.
HR2TBD Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2012 07:05 Send this review to a friend
5/5  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Recently bought the EQ plus that works awesome
This give more presence on the air a friend of mine
Recorded me on the air while I was setting this up
And found great audio.
I sent Mr. Jones an email asking him a question
About how to fix a problem and this gentleman called within 5 minutes and explained me how to fix the problem on the phone. Wow what a service
No one offered me this kind a service before
A real pleasure to deal with this guy.
VE7RQ Rating: 5/5 Sep 28, 2011 11:41 Send this review to a friend
Transformed my Pro III  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The 8 band eq and eq plus just arrived and I set it up on my Icom pro III.My very first chat on 80m brought an unsolicited broadcast quality audio report.I am a happy camper and Julius can be proud of his products and customer service.
N4VBH Rating: 4/5 Jul 21, 2011 19:56 Send this review to a friend
Mostly a great unit!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased this unit because of all the hype I had heard on the air and elsewhere. After talking with Julius on a couple of occasions, I sprang for the 8-band/EQplus combination. After receiving the units, I was impressed with the 8-band EQ and, well, most of the EQplus.

The 8-band worked great as a front end to my 746PRO using a Shure SM7B studio microphone. I also liked the EQ, effects, and metering of the EQplus. BUT, I was somewhat disappointed in the sound quality of the compressor. It had an interesting noise on the "tail" of the compression that's hard to explain and was irritating me. I talked with Julius a couple of times about it and he was MORE than understanding of my findings, but had no explanation other than I may be being too picky (he didn't actually say that). The problem was probably me, in that I am also in the music business as a recording engineer, and this compressor wasn't as "clean" as I was expecting. Otherwise, the EQplus is great in every regard. In fact, most people must not hear what I heard (I'm actually on 40m right now and I'm hearing it on a 40-over station...but I won't tell him!).

So, Julius GLADLY refunded my purchase price. I then bought the iPlus which is great. I kept the 8-band EQ. The 8-band with this rig's built-in compressor is a winning combination. Julius even commented of how well he liked the compressor in the 746PRO. LOTS of on-air kudos for my audio.

I must also praise Julius for his work. His customer service is second to none, and I'm impressed with his product line, as a whole. I would definitely buy from him again. I would like to see an upgrade to the compressor IC used in this unit (assuming that is the root issue), but I also understand the marketing aspect. All-in-all, I give it a 3.5 out of 5.
W8NVC Rating: 5/5 Jul 21, 2011 18:25 Send this review to a friend
Blown Away  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If your like me, you have been on The Air and heard it in action, I did my home work and wanted one.
I was in the process of trading one for an extra Hf mobile radio i had just sitting around. I was lucky.
I talked to my friend, he said, i have one, i love it but he was looking for a mobile radio Right,
so i had the pleasure of trying it before the trade. well i fell in love with it. I experienced a bit of rf on my audio when using it with my linear amp. I contacted Julius Jones W2IHY. and even though i got it used he worked with me several times on the phone until we got it right, hes the best, i have an audio monster radio the Yaesu ft-950. he made special rf cables for me with built in rf chokes. The end result was just awesome Bright Audio that is unsurpassed. on every contact they said your Audio is great, what ru Using? now thats a product when contester takes that time to ask what your using, in my book thats a reason to buy one, it has that full Broadcast audio we all love... i wouldnt ever part with mine.
i suggest buying one, and if you have an eq built in your radio than this is all you need. when theres a pile up, it punches right through. its one of the best things i have in my shack, once you have it, youll never go back. Also the downward Expander Takes out your background Audio and just the background Audio like a vacuum,ad a bit of the effects,and youll sound like CKLW i kid you not, go get one, and Julius is his own customer service dept. he wont sleep until your happy..... thats a fact AAAAA+++++++
KC7FYS Rating: 3/5 Jun 9, 2011 13:43 Send this review to a friend
Appears Homebrewed  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This is going to be a rather less-than-positive review of the EQPlus and the iBox products. It has no bearing whatsoever upon W2IHY himself and his excellent customer service, except in regard to the pricing and construction of his products. This review is submitted in the spirit of constructive criticism, and in hopes that my honesty will be appreciated for what it is.
I purchased the EQPlus and was immediately struck with the clunky feel of the unit. The bent sheetmetal enclosure, the knobs, switches, and lettering—I was at a loss to see where the comparatively high price came from. Opening up the unit reveals mostly air; it could be MUCH smaller, or even house the rig itself! I guess a positive aspect of all that space is that it encourages mods.
Phantom power: 5VDC is provided, but most microphones that use phantom power use up to 48V. This is not provided. The device is for those using better mics—which would use XLR connectors. Again, not provided on this unit.
Another issue is the use of the 5-pin DIN connector, even terminating the power supply. I may be in the minority, but none of my audio equipment, and precious little of my ham gear uses this obscure connector. Its use is a mystery to me.
The EQ, the namesake of this device, is not parametric, the fixed center frequencies are not indicated or variable, and the Q is not selectable. Controls are marked “Bass” and “Treble.” Most licensed amateurs could be trusted with what frequencies they are working with—also considering that comparable audio equipment costing a fraction of the price has far more sophisticated controls in this regard. There is no bass rolloff control—another fairly standard push-button on audio gear of this type.
My criticism of the remaining controls is similar—they fall far short of equipment that costs far less. One would be better off with a Behringer 2-channel mixer: far smaller, less than 100$, phantom power, 3-band EQ, input trimmer control—and a small outboard limiter/compressor (Alesis Nano-compressors are generally 30-40$ used and far more flexible and sophisticated).
Hams who want to use a better microphone, and have a bit more control of the audio might do well to steer clear of everything _but_ the W2IHY iBox. This is the only product I found useful in my shack—I bought the kit version, which gets you a PCB the size of a stick of Wrigley’s gum, a small black plastic enclosure, and about 5$ worth of components—for $70 shipped. ( 90$ for those without a soldering iron.) This handy device allows your audio gear to talk to your ham gear happily, and is VERY easy to use. I’m scratching my head on the prices, though. The iBox is small enough to be shrink-tubed into the PTT line, minus the enclosure.
It was hard to give a negative review in light of the large gathering of W2IHY fans gathered here who rave about his products. Personally, I was unable to see the qualities that others did. I saw clunky, over-simplified, and expensive—with warm, friendly, and prompt customer service.
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