|Equi=Tech 2Q Power Conditioner|
|Home Theater AC Power AC Power|
|Written by Tim Hart|
|Saturday, 01 January 2005|
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One could argue that the 2Q is too heavy for many consumer AV applications. Then again, for the benefits the 2Q offers, the weight seems to match its importance in the scheme of the rest of your gear. You certainly get your money’s worth if the 2Q’s merits are based on cost-per-pound. Some home theater installers who don’t brace a unit like the 2Q report that the unit can literally bend your rack frame.
The 2Q doesn’t offer some of the power regeneration technologies found on the Audiophile APS “Pure Power,” PS Audio and Exact Power products that actively recreate your incoming power. As Equi=Tech says, as long as their Q product is the last in line, it is fine to use it with other AC products. In an ultimate system, you might look to one of the aforementioned regeneration devices, in addition to an Equi=Tech product, to provide power regeneration on top of the conditioning you get from the 2Q.
The Equi=Tech jumps to the elite level of AC power components with the Q series of balanced power products. Using the straightforward design approach of Common Mode Rejection, the 2Q produces a lower noise floor, which improves dynamic range and offers better resolution with improved midrange with very little bloom and without sacrifice to the music. If the 2Q lent any character to the music, it was a slightly warmer sound, but never at the expense of high-frequency information. The 2Q put a tighter hold on low-frequency information, too. Bass had a noticeably tighter snap to the leading edge transients on kick drum and more body in a bass guitar note. For video, black levels, contrast and color saturation took on new dimensions. Color separation and darker information gained more focus and clarity.
The 2Q never ran out of gas when I pushed my system hard, which is amazing to me. Typically, you would trip the breaker in my house if you were running as many power-hungry components as are in my system. The low inrush current prevented any tripped breakers during start-up. If that is not enough, you get 10 outlets with surge suppression, high quality parts and superior build quality. Despite the $2,689 price tag, the 2Q by Equi=Tech is a true bargain and a must-own product for the serious audio or video enthusiast looking to exact the most from his or her system.