The Son of "Q"
For Professional Audio Applications
Some testimonials from our customers
 
Like father, like son, sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Similar to the Model Q, there is something unique about the Son of Q that distinguishes it from all the rest of the power products on the market.  In a recording environment, the most obvious difference is an extremely low noise floor that permits hotter tracking across the board.  To a professional, capturing low level detail is essential to create a live environment and add excitement to the mix.   (Often they pay for themselves in downtime saved from troubleshooting noise gremliins in the studio.)  Because of a substantially lower noise floor, mikes can be tracked much hotter without annoying noise or hiss to mask detail in low level signals.  Outboard racks run "quiet as a clam" (to quote Mr. Roger Nichols) and musician's racks almost never bring noise into the studio.  These systems have been measured to reduce digital jitter by as much as 67% which is unheard of in any digital environment without balanced power.  (See Mark Frink's reveiw of the Model 2R in Articles Section.)  The only thing better for mastering is the Model Q for hearing a full range mix, but compared to mixing without one, the difference in fidelity with a Son of Q is astonishing.  The Son of Q is a highly cost effective rack unit used by numerous professional engineers in pro-tools studios.  ("I refuse to work in a studio without one." states Mr. Nichols.) 

The Son is offered in 3 different sizes. The original Son of Q model has a 1500 Watt capacity and plugs into any standard 15-amp 120-volt wall outlet as does it's smaller sibling, the Son of Q Jr., which has a 1000 Watt AC load capacity.  The largest of the three, the Son of Q Sr. can drive 2000 Watts of load but it requires a full sized 20-amp outlet such as the kind found near most modern kitchen countertops.  They run luke water warm at the most when loaded up to full capacity.  The entire Son of Q line has been thoughtfully designed with many years of balanced power manufacturing experience behind them. They are the new generation of standard systems that we build, refined beyond any product that we have ever offered in their price range. 

Son of Qs have a simple yet elegant appearance. They feature an anodized aluminum front panel that is available in black or silver.  On the front panel there are 2 LED indicator lights, one above the input power switch and one above the output standby switch that monitor power status at the input and at the output of the unit.  Magnetically coupled copper coils in generous quantity provide more control over the transtormer's magnetic flux than that found in comparable units by our competitors that provide superior control over current synchronization. while at the same time providing superb spike protection to everything running on the Son of Q's outputs.   The Son of  Qs grounded Faraday shields maintain excellent protection from dangerous electrical surges the way only a fine isolation transformner can provide protection that is rugged and dependable year in and year out like none other.  On the back panel, there are 12 outlets provided.  A GFCI outlet is independent from the front standby switch and is constantly left turned on for use with components that require continuous power for a clock or to maintain volitile memory.  Of the 10 remaining outlets, 6 (white) are for analog components such as self-powered monitors, amplifiers, pre amps, crossovers etc. and 4 (gray) are specially filtered outlets for digital gear.  (Simple plug strips can be added to rack rails by the dozen.)  A circuit breaker on the rear panel protects the system from overload and from potential short circuit fire hazards in electrical power cords and downstream connected equipment. 

Open the lid on a Son of Q and see for yourself how well made these systems truly are.  There is no skimping on how Son of Qs are designed and built.  All three models use isolation transformers with an enormous mass that rival competitors' products with twice the current rating.  The Son of Q Jr. is modestly rated at 1000 Watts with a transformer that compares to our competitors' 20-amp systems.  Son of Q transformers are designed to operate with an extremely low impedance and a very low magnetic flux density.  This means that under load, they operate with a lot of magnetic headroom left in reserve and they can transfer current quickly upon demand to amplifier power supplies when a large transient occurs.  Their magnetic shields allow for use near sensitive equipment such as single-coil pickups and tape machines. 

Most of today's project recording studios do not require a high level of continuous current to operate efficiently.  The power supplies simply do not have the mass and size that require a constant high current power source but at times they do demand high current in short bursts, especially class AB monitor amps and self-powered speakers.  The Son of Qs like the Model Qs are one of the few power products in the marketplace that routinely maintain a high power factor when used with high current pulse demand loads.  They actually enhance playback quality rather than get in the way and make an amplifier sound compressed.  Son of Qs are designed to be a perfect fit in project studios with small to medium sized boards, an outboard rack or two, a keyboard setup and self-powered monitors (or modestly sized monitor amps.)  Like the Model Q, their performance specifications are rated for top engineers and professionals in the industry but their price is more affordable. 

Son of Qs meet the highest performance standards in the power industry -- standards that we ourselves created because we have been building balanced power products longer than everyone.  Equi=Tech literally wrote the book on balanced power.  (1996 National Electrical Code Art. 530 Part "G" and 2002 NEC Art. 647 were written by Equi=Tech's President.  The new 2006 IEEE Greenbook credits Equi=Tech and lists balanced power as a recommended method of eliminating noise in data processing systems.)  The balanced power revolution started here in the early 90s and we have been setting the standards for a very long time.  It's no wonder that we do it so well.  From the very beginning, Equi=Tech has been making new strides into uncharted territory.  Proprietary component specifications and numerous US patents provide only a hint of the expertise we have acquired through years of experience and innovation.  We are true pioneers and the Son of Q is a fine example of what we build.  Equi=Tech products have earned many awards as well as a reputation in audio/video, television, theater, sporting and performance venues, R&D and scientific environments for effectiveness, reliability and as the power product of choice by top professionals around the world. 

Son of Q Specifications
Model#
Product
Name

Output
Voltage
GFCI
Protection
Output
Capacity
#Circuits
Size
 #Outlets
Type
Input
Voltage
Wt.
lbs.
1R
Son of Q Jr.
120/60
VAC
Yes
1000 VA
1-10A
12-15A
120 VAC
48 lbs
22 kg
1R-E Son of Q Jr. E
230/115
VAC

n/a
1000 VA
1-5A
5
Universal
230 VAC
50 lbs 23 kg
1.5R
Son of Q
120/60
VAC
Yes
1500 VA
1-15A
12-15A
120 VAC
60 lbs
27 kg
2R Son of Q Sr.
120/60
VAC
Yes
2000 VA
1-20A
10-15A
2-20A
120 VAC
63 lbs
28 kg
2REA
Son of Q Sr. EA
120/60
VAC
Yes
2000 VA
1-20A
10-15A
2-20A
240 VAC
65 lbs
30 kg
2RE Son of Q Sr. E 230/115
VAC
n/a 2000 VA 1-10A 5
Universal
230 VAC 65 lbs
30 kg
Rack mounting accessories included upon request
Chassis Dimensions: 16.25”W x 14”D x 3.5”H (2ru)
 
Typical AC Inlets, AC Power Cord Plugs
& Receptacle Outlets Provided With "E" (Export) Models

 
C13 & C14
13A 250V
/ 15A 125V

 
C19 & C20
16A 250V
/ 20A 125V
Universal Euro-Receptacle

Universal Schuko-Receptacle
 

Note: Both the Universal-Schuko and Universal-Euro receptacles can accommodate cord plugs from 20 different countries.
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Standard Features
 
  • Bifilar Wound Isolation Transformer -- This patented method of winding AC power transformers is the most accurate way of all to achieve a perfectly balanced output.  It is a feature that increases the performance of Equi=Tech products above all others.  Perfect balance is one of the most critical of all design specifications to consider when providing a balanced power system for sensitive electronics.  Because of this feature, Equi=Tech's balanced power systems provide a wider bandwidth of noise attenuation than any other product in the marketplace.  To get the best performance from one's electronics, a perfectly mirrored output stage is crucial.  This is especially true for today's high resolution digital electronics.  The result is greater definition in video and smoother and more detailed highs in music without excessive sharpness or an annoying edge.  IT and other computer related systems benefit from this feature with faster throughput and fewer data errors. 

  • Magnetic and Faraday Shielding -- These are expensive but worthwhile features built into every system we offer.  The shields work to eliminate noise from the outside world as well as to protect nearby electronics from magnetic stray field radiation.  Unlike similar products, Equi=Tech systems are safe to use near sensitive equipment. 

  • Highly Effective Redundant Surge Protection -- A dual stage transient voltage surge suppressor (TVSS) is provided as a spike protection device rated at 240 joules.  But count on Equi=Tech to add a thoughtful extra touch to our products.  No surge suppressor made can be guaranteed to last forever.  All are designed to be sacrificed for the sake of protecting your equipment in extreme circumstances that do happen.  So unlike most other products in the marketplace, a useful status indicator light lets you know when your system has taken too many hits from nuisance voltage spikes and the time has come to replace the surge protection unit.  Though they typically last for many years, the surge module is easy and inexpensive to replace.  After all it's better to know you have lost surge protection when it happens than to encounter a serious spike and lose your valuable components because of a worn out TVSS that you didn't realize had already taken all it could handle.  But that's not all that we provide.  As a redundant line of defense, grounded electrostatic shielding between the power transformer coils shunt dangerous voltage spikes, even huge spikes up to several thousand volts for additional protection and piece of mind.

  • Digital Equipment Outlets -- These filtered outlets provide additional high frequency noise attenuation and isolation for switching power supplies found in most typical digital electronics.  These outlets are designed for use with PC or MAC based hard disk recording platforms, CD and DVD laser recorders, DAT machines, ADATs, digital effects gear, synth racks, A-D and D-A converters, automation controls and other high resolution digital gear.

  • Unswitched Outlet -- An entire theater, audio system or data processing system can be turned off and on from the front panel by using the front standby switch.  As a convenience, one outlet on the back panel remains on all the time for equipment that uses a date/time clock such as TIVOs, VCRs, PVRs, DVRs or other components that require constant power for volatile memory.

  • 100% Passive Circuitry -- There are no active components used in our systems.  There is nothing that will burn out or degrade from heat over time or from years of rugged use.  Some systems you may encounter employ semiconductor devices to drive the outputs or soft-start relays to compensate for a low quality isolation transformer with high inrush current -- not Equi=Tech!  There is simply nothing in our systems to wear out or degrade over time from heavy usage or from heat.  We invest money in our systems where it rightfully belongs, in well designed high quality components.  So the next time you are watching a live broadcast of the Super Bowl or Presidential Inauguration, keep in mind that Equi=Tech is there running the show because top engineers know that there are times when equipment failure is not an option.  Ruggedness, reliability and the most refined balanced power technology on Earth is why the top professionals in many technical fields choose Equi=Tech. 

  • High Efficiency -- Our systems are the most efficient of their kind in the world.  This means that you waste no power running an Equi=Tech to drive your electronic components.  Even when they are driven hard, they generate very little heat.  Most of the time, they barely run warm.  They draw very little power in idle mode and can be left turned on practically forever, ready to meet the toughest power demands in an instant. In operational mode, they waste almost no electricity at all.  They draw about as much power as what they are asked to put out.  With a typical 97%+ efficiency rating, they easily outclass similar power products and do so in an elegant, safe and environmentally friendly way.

  • ANSI/UL Tested -- Equi=Tech products have been tested and certified to meet ANSI/UL Standard #1012 which is the most rigorous and demanding of all industry standards for Class A (high voltage) power distribution equipment.  No one other than Equi=Tech makes a balanced power systems that meets the design criteria and safety testing procedures required by this standard.  Since we initiated the balanced power revolution in the early 90's we remain the only manufacturer of balanced power systems that is committed to meeting the high performance and safety standards required by professional engineers.  Equi=Tech makes the only systems that meet stringent OSHA standards governing safety in the workplace.  Not only do OSHA associates, engineers and inspectors approve our products, they have also been known to marvel at the excellence of their design and build.  Electricity can be a dangerous thing if there are undetected flaws in non listed equipment or equipment inspected to meet inappropriately low standards.  Beware of power products listed as "Audio Equipment" to circumvent ANSI/UL Standard #1012 (the power standard) just to get a UL listing label of any kind.  You wouldn't want that anymore than you would want beef from the supermarket inspected to dog food standards.  Who would want a non-standard or unlisted power product in their workplace or in their home anyway?  Unlike other manufacturers of balanced power products, we cut no corners in the design and fabrication of our systems.  As we should, we take electrical safety as seriously as performance and we go the extra mile to prove it.  We are professionals.  We are a company of conscientious people who value our integrity and demonstrate it by how we build what we sell.  Our products are the real deal in every imaginable way.




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    Additional Specifications
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    Nominal Input Voltage
    120 VAC
    Nominal Output Voltage
    120 VAC
    Transformer Impedance
    2.8%
    Isolation (CMRR)
    100dB
    TVSS
    240 Joules
    Voltage Regulation (NLA/FLA)
    +/-  2.5%
    Max. Temp. Rise (at perimeter)
    28 C.
    Total Relative Stay field
    <10-3@ .1M
    Noise Level
    <.1 Sones @ 1M
    EMI/RFI Filter
    -30dB>100kHz


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