Millennia Media NSEQ-2
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The NSEQ-2 is a two channel, four-band parametric equalizer offering Pure Class-A all discrete J-FET solid-state operation — OR — Pure Class-A all triode vacuum tube operation ...selectable with the touch of a button.
- VACUUM TUBE OR DISCRETE J-FET SOLID-STATE
- ENTIRELY CLASS-A TWIN TOPOLOGY (tm) DESIGN
- SETS NEW PRECEDENT IN EQUALIZER SONIC PURITY
- ULTRA-PREMIUM COMPONENTRY THROUGHOUT
- GOLD RELAYS, CONNECTORS, SWITCHES, TUBE SOCKETS
- SILVER/TEFLON POWER WIRING, OFC AUDIO WIRING
- RUGGED CONSTRUCTED (28 pounds), COSMETICALLY APPEALING
- DETENTED, LOGGABLE CONTROL OPTION AVAILABLE
- EFFORTLESS, LIFELIKE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AT ALL DYNAMIC LEVELS
The NSEQ-2 stereo parametric equalizer with Twin Topology (TM) — Millennia's innovative new merging of pure Class-A vacuum tube and pure Class-A solid state circuit topologies. A front panel switch selects between a complete vacuum tube parametric equalizer or a fully discrete solid-state parametric equalizer — in the same chassis! Both circuit topologies are entirely transformerless, high voltage, Class-A biased, and minimalist in design.
What is "minimalist?" The NSEQ-2 has only one active stage in the audio signal path. Compare this with common textbook parametric EQ designs employing anywhere from three to seven active amplifiers in the signal path. Fewer amplifier stages means greater sonic integrity and heightened musical reality. This one amplifier is optimized as input buffer, EQ amplifier, and output driver. Imagine the musical clarity achieved as precious audio signals are spared from successively colored amplifier stages. It's something you must hear to appreciate. Seasoned audio recording engineers are calling NSEQ the most musically accurate analog EQ available at any price.
Why transformerless? Most of today's high voltage pro tube gear uses audio transformers. Yet, transformers add coloration to audio signals; coloration which may be great for "effect," but which is not conducive to sonic purity. Via innovative design techniques, Millennia avoids audio transformers entirely. Now, the musicality of Class-A vacuum tube equalization can be realized without the unavoidable sonic artifacts common to signal path transformers.
The solid-state aspect of Twin Topology consists of pure Class-A all discrete J-FET amplifiers. Millennia also provides these J-FET amplifiers as the next generation of 990 (Jensen tm) and 2510 / 2520 (API tm) plug-in compatible modules. The vacuum tube circuit employs 300 volt, pure Class A, hand selected triode vacuum tubes. To use the vacuum tube EQ, simply press a front panel switch. To use the solid-state EQ, press the switch again. Twin Topology! Both topologies are designed to deliver a musical optimization of their inherent character.
Twin Topology products also sport new cosmetics. The NSEQ-2 offers unique illuminated push-button switches, hand-machined aluminum knobs, extruded and radiused 3/8" thick face plate.
The NSEQ-2 offers exquisitely designed pure Class-A high voltage amplifiers free of transformer coupling, carefully designed around the finest grades of passive components (Vishay pots, Roederstein resistors, Wima and Electrocube capacitors, Neglex OFC cabling, etc..). One listening test with the NSEQ-2 will immediately confirm that Millennia has once again set precedence in musical reality and sonic transparency.
“Since adding the NSEQ-2 to our mastering rack, about 90% of our customers have preferred it against all other parametric equalizers in our mastering chain.“
Denny Purcell, Georgetown Masters, Nashville
“The NSEQ-2 joins the ranks of the world’s premiere
Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering
“IT’S SIMPLY FANTASTIC! We in studio are astonished about the transparency of the sound comes out! We have a xxxx in one room with xxxx and in the other room we have xxxx xxx, your EQ is second to none!”
Fabrizio De Carolis, Reference Mastering Studios,
“Using the Millennia NSEQ-2 has made me completely re-think how I use EQ. Where I used to avoid using EQ at all, the NSEQ-2 has been employed to put just the right touch in a recording. The NSEQ- 2’s transparency and musicality is stunning! I don’t know of an EQ, digital or analog, that could approach its qualities.”
Michael Bishop, Telarc International
“The most transparent equalizer I’ve heard to date.”
Tom Jung, DMP Records
“...the transparency of the signal path is remarkable, and the smooth musicality of the EQ bands as they are adjusted is something special... both [vacuum tube and solid state topologies] are astonishingly clean.“
Richard Foister, Studio Sound Magazine, UK“...this is an excellent machine capable of very fine results irrespective of the of the technology in the amplification. Although, like most sane people, I would normally find it difficult to enthuse about a simple equalizer, this really is something very special and I have only come across one other similar device which I found as audibly exciting. I would expect [the NSEQ-2] to become a very common entry in the equipment inventory of most mastering houses and top-end studios over here once the word gets out.
Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound Magazine, UK“I believe the NSEQ is, audibly, the most perfect analog equalizer I have ever had the pleasure to use.”
Dr. Fred Bashour, Pro Audio Review“The bottom line: For mission critical EQ applications where transparency is a paramount necessity, the NSEQ-2 is king. Prepare to be thrilled.”
Michael Cooper, Mix Magazine , Feature Review"You've heard of the mythical 'straight wire with gain.' Well, the NSEQ-2 is as close to an analog 'straight wire with gain' as I have heard in 27 years of audiophile and professional engineering work."
Bob Katz, Chief Engineer, Digital Domain Mastering, Florida"You've made a believer of me, and redefined the concept of "neutral" Eq. The clarity and transparency of your Eq is much greater than the AD/DA converted DAT sources that comprise the bulk of our work today. It's truly a breakthrough product, and redefines clean, neutral tonal control in the analog domain."
Dave Davis, QCA Mastering / Ultrainteractive
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