Equitech 1.5RQ Model Q
The Model Q is Equi=Tech's flagship product. It is the result of many years of experience and application research in the field of balanced AC power. It is highest quality and the best performing balanced power system we have ever offered. Every component specified in its design has been selected from years of research and testing in professional and consumer high definition A/V systems in both analog and digital formats. Each component used in the Model Q was chosen for its superior quality and performance and cost was no object. For example, the material used in the Model Q transformer core is made of a state-of-the-art magnetic steel alloy and none is spared in fabrication. The core material is the most efficient there is, nevertheless the Model Q transformer has twice the mass of similarly rated competitive products. It drives amplifiers and other high current pulse type loads without skipping a beat. Power factor remains virtually stable regardless of the type of demand load. Mil spec oxygen free copper is used throughout the Model Q assembly to further reduce random high frequency current distortion. This improves an already near perfect mirror image output and further widens its range of noise attenuation. The Model Q's switches and circuit breakers are the finest made and they are duty rated for over 1/2 million operations. Every component part used in the Model Q has been selected because it is the best of its kind. There is nothing that compares in quality or performance to the Model Q.
Though the Son of Q is clearly superior to our competitor's products (and costs half the price,) the industry benchmark standard of performance originates with the Model Q. Son of Q benefits from the trickle down technology developed over the years refining the Model Q, therefore the Son of Q clearly deserves the name. Both clearly stand above the rest in precision design features and performance. But make no mistake about it, the Model Q in all its variations and sizes is the gem of the entire balanced power industry. No balanced power product compares to the Model Q and they are built to last a lifetime. Equi=Tech has been making balanced power products longer than anyone in the industry, setting new standards in the field of power quality since the early '90s. There is no limit to how far we will go to raise the bar in power standards and audio-video quality. The Model Q is our flagship product.
There is nothing better than a Q for mastering. The characteristics of the Model Q's isolation transformer are ideal for full fidelity playback. Bass resolution is tightened up remarkably and many users have told us that they can actually hear an extra octave of bass that was previously inaudible. In a recording environment, the obvious difference is an extremely low noise floor that permits hotter tracking across the board. To a professional, capturing low level detail is essential to create realism and add excitement to the mix. Because of a substantially lower noise floor, mikes can be tracked much hotter without annoying noise or hiss to mask detail in low level signals. Outboard racks run "quiet as a clam" (to quote Roger Nichols) and musician's racks almost never bring noise into the studio. These systems have been measured to reduce digital jitter by as much as 67% which is unheard of in any digital environment running without balanced power. (See Mark Frink's review of the Model 2R in Articles Section.) There is nothing better for mastering or for tracking than the Model Q. The difference between using a Model Q and any other AC power source is astonishing. ("I refuse to work in a studio without one." states Mr. Nichols.)
Model Q's can also drive a live sound system adding tightness to bass reproduction that can be very difficult to achieve in some rooms considering the various acoustical problems that many rooms present. For an amplifier to accurately reproduce low frequency program material, it must have power on demand the instant it's needed. The consequences of lagging power delivery is a compressed and flat sounding amp with a booming, bloated sounding bottom end. When an amplifier's power supply is rendered less inefficient by poor power, it struggles to reproduce low frequency material and it logically follows that the mid range and high frequency material loses definition and accuracy as well. Poor power affects the full sound spectrum. Model Q's provide stable and reliable power quality so your gear will sound as good at noon in an office building as it does at 3AM in the studio. Model Q's level the playing field whenever and wherever they are used.
The Model Q has a simple yet elegant appearance. It features an anodized aluminum front panel that is available in black or silver. A front panel LED voltmeter indicates voltage at the input or output depending on the position of the voltmeter mode switch (IN-OFF-OUT) There is one blue LED indicator light above the input power switch and one above each output standby switch indicating power status at both the input and the output. The input power LED also doubles as a TVSS status light that indicates active surge protection when lit. In the rare event that it stops working and the output LED still works, this indicates that the surge protector has taken too many nuisance voltage spikes and its days are done. In the rare event that this occurs, the Model Q's grounded Faraday shields provide excellent redundant surge protection until the TVSS module can be replaced and it is an inexpensive and easy thing to do.
On the rear panel, there are 12 AC outlets provided (more in the larger versions.) One GFCI outlet is independent from the front standby switch(es) and is constantly left turned on for use with components that require continuous power for a clock or to maintain volatile memory. Of the 10 remaining outlets, 6 (white) are for analog components such as amplifiers and pre amps and 4 (gray) are specially filtered outlets for digital components. A circuit breaker on the rear panel protects the system from overload and from potential short circuit fire hazards in electrical power cords and downstream connected equipment.
Model Q's are offered in 7 different sizes ranging from 1kVA to 10kVA load capacities. Most Model Q's that are rated at 2kVA or less require a 120 Volt supply circuit to operate. (The 2RQ-E and 2RQ-EA require 208/240 Volts.) 3kVA and 5kVA models require a 208 or 240 Volt supply as do the 7.5kVA and 10kVA models.
Comes with standard Manufacturer's Warranty