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AudioControl DQ-61 (Cascade Blue)

6 Channel Line Out Converter with Signal Delay, AccuBass, and EQ, with 5-year warranty*!


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AudioControl DQ-61 (Cascade Blue)

6 Channel Line Out Converter with Signal Delay, AccuBass, and EQ, with 5-year warranty*!


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For over two decades, AudioControl has been designing and manufacturing award-winning autosound products at our factory located in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. During this period, countless sound-off winning contestants have chosen AudioControl products to give them the competitive edge. "Can you really win without AudioControl", was part of an article written commenting on competition winning systems. Nothing sounds better than an awesome recording played back on a kickbutt system. Unfortunately, the acoustics of your vehicle can take away from your systems performance. While AudioControl products do not change the laws of physics (although they act like they do), autosound enthusiasts have long known that AudioControl products "make good stereo sound better".

DQ-61 - 6 channel line out converter

The environment of today's automobiles present challenges for the installation of a performance car audio system when matched to a factory source unit. Less than ideal speaker locations coupled with an acoustically unfriendly environment can compromise the experience. Fortunately for audio enthusiasts, the new AudioControl DQ-61 delivers the processing power necessary to maximize the audio experience.

AudioControl engineers designed the DQ-61 to be an extraordinary processor, so subsequently it is equipped with a number of installer friendly features that simplify the OEM connection and calibration process.

User friendly Signal Delay controls allow the listeners the ability to align themselves between the left and right speakers plus seamlessly blend in the subwoofer to the listening environment. Discrete equalization controls provide listeners with powerful processing to properly "tune" their audio systems and enjoy truly amazing sound.

Designed for maximum sound quality and enhanced audio performance, the DQ-61 is the latest AudioControl processor to incorporate AccuBASS™. This patent pending process automatically corrects for the bass roll-off that is common with many factory-installed audio systems.

Key Features:

Signal Delay:

Because of speaker placement limitations and the seating positions in a car, it is almost always the case that the driver of the vehicle is in an incorrect acoustic alignment. This exists because the driver is close to the left side speakers and further away from the right side speakers. Thus, the sound from the left side arrives much sooner than the right side. By delaying the appropriate speakers for just a few milliseconds, the DQ-61 is able to allow the signal to arrive at the same time putting the driver in perfect acoustical alignment.


To protect OEM speakers, car manufactures often limit the bass frequencies at higher volumes. AudioControl has developed a patent pending circuit called AccuBASS circuit to compensate for this factory roll-off. The AccuBASS circuit automatically engages at a preset volume level and reverses the factory bass roll-off to give you the music the way the artist intended it to be heard.

Speaker Level Inputs with Selectable Summing:

The DQ-61 is equipped with six high-impedance speaker level inputs that allow it to accept amplified signals from any factory installed amplifier, even Bose. Unlike an inexpensive passive line output converter, the DQ-61 offers the highest possible sound quality and performance.

Equalization for Maximum Control and Performance:

Like all of AudioControl's high performance signal processors, the DQ-61 is designed to offer maximum audio performance and control. All six output channels are equipped with highly accurate graphic equalization filters. This equalization allows for the taming of the most demanding car acoustical challenges or correction of factory radio response curves.

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Line Out Converter 2 Channel 6 Channel 6 Channel 8 Channel 6 Channel 6 Channel
High Level Inputs
Channel Summing
Remote Included
Auxiliary Input
Signal Delay
Input Level Control

General Features:

  • 6-channel Line Out Converter
  • Designed to bring ultimate control and great sound
  • Includes 6 speaker-level inputs
  • AudioControl Signal Delay
  • Creates new level of audio performance
  • Dramatically improves in-car entertainment experience
  • Designed to simplify the overall installation and calibration process
  • Equalization Control
  • Includes 21 discreet EQ knobs (14 Total Bands)
  • 7-band graphic EQ on front, rear and subwoofer channels
  • Provides simple and precise system tuning
  • AccuBASS
  • Discreet input and output level controls
    • Input level controls with maximization indicator LED
    • Output level controls match amp inputs
  • AutoMode creates subwoofer channel when needed
  • ACR-3 dash-mount subwoofer remote included
  • Internal channel summing
  • GTA (Great Turn-On)
    • Powers the processor up when it detects a signal on the main speaker level input
  • Color: Blue
  • Also available in Black
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (*when installed by an authorized AudioControl dealer)

Product Specifications:

  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.01%
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-22kHz
  • Equalizer Frequencies (front/rear): 125Hz, 175Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 8kHz
  • Equalizer Frequencies (sub): 31.5Hz, 40Hz, 50Hz, 63Hz, 80Hz, 100HZ, 125Hz
  • PFM Frequency: 20Hz or 30Hz selectable
  • Signal Delay Max (Left/Right): 10ms
  • Signal Delay Max (Front/Sub): 35ms
  • Speaker Level Inputs Inputs: 3 (6 channels)
  • Maximum Input (Speaker Level): 400w per channel at 4Ω
  • Input Impedance: 20kΩ
  • Preamp Outputs: 3 (6 channels)
  • Maximum Output Level: 7.5Vrms
  • Output Gain: ±12dB
  • Output Impedance: 150Ω
  • Power Supply: High Headroom PWM Switching
  • Current Draw: 350mA
  • Recommended Fuse Rating: 2A
  • Weight: 3.0lbs (1.4kg)
  • Dimensions: 5.00"W x 8.60"D x 1.25"H
Check out the AudioControl DQ-61 Owner's Manual

General Specifications

Equalizer Bands
The number of graphic or parametric equalizer bands the receiver has. The better the EQ, the more likely you will be able to "tweak" your sounds to your desire.
14 band
Built-in Bass Reconstruction
Bass reconstructors, or bass enhancers, improve low frequency reproduction in a car audio system with at least one subwoofer. These bass expander products will help your subs produce accurate bass thumps.
Line Driver
A line driver is a small amplifier used to support the strength of the audio signal coming from the source unit.
Speaker Level Inputs
Speaker level inputs are commonly referred to as high-level inputs and vice versa. This input type allows you to get your audio signal directly from the speaker wire in your vehicle, instead of using RCA cables. The advantage of this is factory integration, as most stock radios do not have RCA outputs to run amplifiers.
Total Number of Inputs
This is the total number of input connections that go into the unit.
Total Number of Outputs
This is the total number of output connections that the unit will produce.
Equalizer Frequencies
The frequency range that allows control of the center frequency of each equalization band.
31.5 - 8000 Hz
Max Output Level
The maximum level (in volts) of signal output. A higher level will increase the clarity and boost your signal.
7.5 volts
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 22000 Hz
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion)
The amount of change in harmonic content of the signal as it is amplified. A lower figure indicates less change and a more accurate amp. THD below 0.10% is inaudible.
The width of the item from left to right (side-to-side) measured in inches.
The height of the item, measured from top to bottom, in inches.
The front-to-rear depth of the item, in inches. If the item is angled or slanted, this value is the bottom measurement.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
5 years
Labor Warranty Duration
5 years
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Hobbs, NM

Excellant Product

March 11, 2015

I bought this to sum all of the signals from different speakers so I could keep the factory deck in my 4th Gen Dodge truck. Not only does it sum all the signals, it also had time correction for front speaker image staging which works great, but it also has time correction to delay the front stage so that the subwoofer, that is normally placed behind you, sounds like it is actually in front of you. I was skeptical when I read this, but it works! Makes the front sound stage sound awesome. The AccuBass function that restores bass as you turn up the volume, doesn't really work in the Dodge. Maybe Dodge didn't engineer the radio so that it turn the bass down as you turn the volume up. There is an equalizer for front, rear, and sub channel with eight frequencies for each channel. A little turn of the knob goes a long way to effect tone. Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone that needs a summing device. Great product, very versatile, and will give you a great front stage image! Buy it, you won't regret it!

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Awsome addition

October 30, 2015

I can't believe how much better my system sounds now...this was a suggestion from customer service and they proved that they know what's up!!! Another great experience

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Can I use active crossovers to 6.5 components for front stage when using the DQ-61? If so, how would I do that? The EQ crossovers on the unit seem limited. Does this require front and rear speakers to work correctly?
Larry R on Aug 21, 2015
Best Answer: Hello Larry,

-Can I use active crossovers to 6.5 components for front stage when using the DQ-61?

Yes. We don't see your concern here, so please elaborate if the following doesn't ease the problem you see.

-How would I do that? The EQ crossovers on the unit seem limited.

This depends on the connections available on your crossover. Generally speaking, the DQ-61 goes BEFORE any crossover. . . And EQ is NOT a crossover, so the DQ-61 is not 'limited', it is non-existent. In a nutshell, an EQ boosts specific frequency points, to fix "peaks" and alter "valleys" in a given frequency ragne.

-Does this require front and rear speakers to work correctly

It depends on which feature you are referring to. The DQ-61 as a whole does NOT require a front/rear, but for the 'signal delay' to work as intended it does require a 'stage' that can really only be obtained by a proper front/rear speaker setup.
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