The Elysia xfilter is a true stereo equalizer with a 100% Class-A signal path, resulting in an exceptionally open boutique sound with flawless transient projection and solid punch. Processing single signals, creative sound shaping, mix bus duties, or even helping handle demanding mastering scenarios, those stunning sonic characteristics combine with a flexible feature set to make elysia’s newest hardware product the perfect fit for many mission-critical audio applications.
xfilter expands rack series
Central to that versatility is the xfilter’s high- and low-shelf bands’ unique ability to change to high- and low- cut filters with resonance — a flexible feature found on elysia’s award-winning flagship equalizer, the museq. The xfilter also provides two mid-peak filters with switchable (wide or narrow) Q factor. In addition to its four flexible active bands, the xfilter features a unique switchable fixed LC filter for polishing the high frequency range. This passive filter mainly consists of a capacitor and a coil per channel that produce a slight resonance peak around 12kHz, focusing the saturation-like storage effect of the coil on the area around the peak without excessively pushing the complete high frequency spectrum.
By linking its two channels, the xfilter effectively eliminates the tedious task of manually matching the settings for the left and right signal. All stepped potentiometers ensure fast and precise recall of earlier settings. Moreover, each and every dual and quad layer pot is measured with custom computer routines… only the good ones make it into production units! Meanwhile, a special series of ultra-low-tolerance film capacitors guarantees an even more precise stereo image.
The new xfilter rack sports a high-grade linear power supply with shielded toroidal transformer, and is housed in a super-lightweight yet sturdy full-aluminium chassis. Both XLR and balanced quarter-inch inputs and outputs are provided, assuring total compatibility with any live performance or recording scenario.
The xfilter is made in Germany, exclusively using top-quality components, gold-plated PCBs, a rugged 4mm aluminium front panel, and solid aluminium knobs. It is available from any elysia dealer for $1,499 MAP ($1,679 MSRP), or 990 € net (plus VAT where applicable), and is shipping right now.