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AudioControl DQ-61 (Espresso Black)

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


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AudioControl DQ-61 (Espresso Black)

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: Espresso Black
  • Also available in Blue
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (*when installed by an authorized AudioControl dealer)

DQ-61 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

Product History:

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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 Crossover

A crossover is a type of filtering system that permits only certain frequencies to play. A Low-Pass (LP) crossover allows only frequencies below its setting to get through which is good in the case of some subwoofers. A High-Pass(HP) filter allows frequencies above its setting to pass through, this is normally used on speakers.

When a crossover is set to FULL it means no filtering is added and the full frequency spectrum is allowed through the amplifier. Filtering is important because feeding a speaker frequencies it cannot reproduce effectively creates distortion.

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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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Dallas, TX

I really like this thing!

January 17, 2015

For a processor that is all externally controlled and does not require a computer for programming, this thing does it all!

Channel summing (for crossed over factory radios), pre-fader gain control (for factory fade correction), Auto-On feature that, in most cases, does not require an external remote turn-on source, very quiet sound output, inaudible unit power up, easy jumper settings and, unlike the LCQ-1 (which I owned before this unit), there is the addition of the 40hz sub eq sectioin..

Time correction and Accu-Bass, though very easy to dial in and a fantastic feature, is just the cherry ontop!

I have installed this in my 2012 Ford Focus SE, Non-Sony application, and have had ZERO issues. I now have bass clear down to 20hz (between the Accu-Bass and a low tuned sub box).

No complaints, five stars all around! Only things I won't vote 5 stars is Durability (I haven't had it long enough) and design (its not a great design but it is very functional)...

But, because of the success of this install, I now have 5 other install orders lined up!

I would suggest the addition of a 25hz bass knob on the sub EQ section, and on the channel 1 & 2 section, it would be great to have 6khz and somewhere between 12-15khz Hi resolution knobs to really control your ugly factory HU's. That's no complaint, just a suggestion...

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Strasburg, CO

Just what I needed!

December 15, 2015

I just bought a 2016 Ford Transit with the $2000.00 iSync sound system. I love the features that came with it but the sound was pure CRAP! the DQ-61 allowed me to keep my integrated system and change out the amp and speakers. The EQ on the DQ-61 was way better than i thought it would be and the Accu-Bass circuit works great. The remote sub control works better than the one that came with my amp.I can't say enough about this thing!

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Sonic Electronix Store
Need to replace all factory speakers and add amps and sub while keeping factory head unit and this was a great product for a great price to help me achieve the sound I want.
Rodney R on May 29, 2016
good price, does what I need it to. american made.
Jason W on Jan 12, 2015
I have done a considerable amount of research and Audio Control's "DQ-61" is the best choice to clean up de-tuned low frequency signals from my OEM head unit. Audio Control and Sonic Electronix both enjoy outstanding reputations in the audio industry.
Leroy M on May 28, 2016
I have witnessed what this product can do with an OEM stock radio and aftermarket subs and door speakers.
JAMAAL J on Dec 19, 2014
What's the difference between the new one and the previous one? Just the color scheme? Or added functionality?
Juan José J on Jul 28, 2016
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AudioControl DQ-61 BLACK
AudioControl DQ-61 Black Blue
AudioControl DQ-61 Black Blue
Best Answer: Hi Juan,

Only the color/finish has changed, nothing else.
Reply · Report · Rick MStaff on Jul 29, 2016
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i have a 2002 pontiac bonneville ssei and i want the pioneer da210 app radio 3, can i hook this up with the new HU?????, i currently have the monsoon system 8 speakers n factory amp
mike r on Oct 7, 2014
Best Answer: Hello Mike,

The AudioControl DQ-61 BLACK is universal, and can be integrated into Any setup. Its intended purpose is to integrate into OEM setups, but - with the appropriate knowledge - can easily be integrated into an 'aftermarket application' .
Reply · Report · Customer SStaff on Oct 7, 2014
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This hooks up to my factory head unit and speakers no need for an overhaul and install a new system? I have a 2012 hyundia sonata would this work for the OEM hookups?
A shopper on Sep 18, 2014
Best Answer: Hello,

Correct, the DQ-61 is meant to integrate with Factory wiring. However, notice the RCA OUTPUTS, this implies that you must use this in conjunction with an aftermarket amplifier, typically not a very big one.
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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