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Equator D5

PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:49 pm
by fuzulu
Great Speakers for the price....

I'm just going to point out some things that no one else mentions in their reviews... I feel the positives have already been well covered.... Ill mention couple of them again but the main things I want to mention are in the cons. Which are mainly related to mixing low end information.

Price, even if you actually don't like the speakers, at a price like this, its not going be any real issue, and they will be handy to have around.

Mid range and High end clarity is very good and comparable to speakers costing way more... and much better than many speakers in the same price range

Small and simple to use and take anywhere with the nice bag that u can get for it at a low additional cost and I would also recommend getting the cables they selling with it, really good quality cables.

In my opinion they are really great for mixing on a budget specially if u doing stuff with not too much of a heavy consistent bass, like pop, they are actually really good for that.

I don't recommend this for heavy electronic music. I just find it impossible to get the bass or even the mix right on these for electronic music with heavy bass... when I take my mixes to my other speakers (focal cms 6.5) I always have to re do the whole mix, it just falls apart.
So that would mean the mix translation for such music is not great. The low end is really something I cannot mix on this and I have tried the different boundary settings, 1, least bass, 2, medium amount of bass, and 3, maximum bass. 1 and 2 are fine to work on while 3 just does not work for me for critical mixing, it may be okay for listening, but I find the bass too much and kind of wrong sounding.

Again on this kind of heavy electronic music with lots of synthetic sounds.... I find the mids can be very harsh specially if you turn the speakers loud. I think the limited dynamic range has a hand in that.

Although they are good for the price and people keep saying they are worth speakers 3 times their money etc. don't be fooled for one second that it can do the same job of those speakers. (example focal cms 6.5 - the equators sound very clear in the mid and highs but cannot ever touch the overall sound of such a speaker)

So my overall view is that yes they are great for the money and if money is the main thing for you then yes I can see why they are so popular given that many who bought these (me included) simply could not buy something more expensive... but I also would like to stress on the point that if u CAN spend more money for something more expensive, you are going to save a lot of time and make much better mix decisions overall, if its your main monitors.

I would highly recommend them as a secondary pair or to mix pop/other non bass heavy music.

P.S. From all my re search while buying this, I found out the speaker that is most like this and in the same price range and has detailed sound but with a lot more bass and volume... check out JBL 308s, check both and decide whats good for your needs.

Re: Equator D5

PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:44 pm
by fuzulu
I have found a problem with the speakers which seem to be very common with many other users.
I noticed that the high end on one speaker is significantly less bright than the other speaker, making the whole high end image tilt to one side, as far as I am concerned if this is not some damage to my speaker and it is a common issue then its not acceptable for me, buyers beware and check on this issue before getting them.

Re: Equator D5

PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:06 pm
by Wonks
Have you physically swapped the speakers over to ensure that it's not the listening position causing the issue?

Re: Equator D5

PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:19 am
by fuzulu
Wonks wrote:Have you physically swapped the speakers over to ensure that it's not the listening position causing the issue?

Yes I have, also tried different cables and so on.... I went online to check if its happened to anyone else and it turns out that its a common/reoccurring issue, there is a whole thread on Gearslutz about it, with several users confirming the exact same issue.

Re: Equator D5

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:30 am
by forumuser918214
I had these and must say the midrange is outstanding. However, the bass was not very good and the dynamic range was only fair, as was the imaging. Given the hype, I had hoped for more. I found some used Mackie HRs for only slightly more money that are more accurate and will play louder and deeper.

Re: Equator D5

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:53 am
by resistorman
I bought the D5s when they first came out for a very good price and was happy with them as a "B" monitor for checking midrange and traveling monitors for non-critical but accurate composing speakers. However, I jumped at the chance when Equator offered to buy them back from me at the same price towards a D8 pair. Those have turned into much more valuable speakers which I have named "The Bastards" because they are so unflattering to my mixes, unlike the Adams with those sweet ribbons. Much better low end representation than the D5 with the same midrange detail. You can mix on them.