Hard to beat the GML 8200 or 9500 on the low end. I wouldn't describe it's top end as 'silky', although it can work wonders on good mixes that are not harsh or thin, really opens them up with razor sharp accuracy. I've always thought the Sontec was the best in terms of silky top end.
API 5500 is very clean & punchy on the lows but when you need more of everything the Neumann PEV-C's 60Hz shelf is extremely punchy and hard to resist. It's definitely a pop/electronica EQ.. very fast, punchy & sheeny.
I'm also enjoying the Buzz Audio REQ-2.2 (revised/modified) lately too. Setting the shelf with the right slope offers a nice punch while extending the lows pretty cleanly. Sontec is feeling a little too soft for me on the lows lately.
I've got a modified API 5502 that's pretty magical, and tends towards "punchy"
... But generally speaking, I have a hard time attributing "punch" to EQ without consideration for the settings you use. The tone of the circuit itself and the shape of it's filter curves will make differences, but only on source material with a complementary need.
Originally Posted by MattGray
I'm also enjoying the Buzz Audio REQ-2.2 (revised/modified) lately too.
Absolutely. You can buy individual bands as 500 series modules. I have one low band that I bought simply because it's capability to punch me in the face. I haven't heard anything else even close, though I'm definitely tempted to check out the elysia.
I always used the Millennia NSEQ 2
then thought I could find better
after almost a year I have really gone back to the NSEQ 2
for bass lift and cut,
To me the SS side is very controlled and really colour is not what I would be after for a bass lift,
low Q and sublte push makes the NSEQ2
control the bass very nice
you should try post compression EQ to really get the BASS out there,
dangerous but very effective
here colour can work
but not for me.
I am having a built stereo SS PULTEC
with a real filter sets
wrapped triodes and all
might be my post comp ticket,
for the HIPHOPPERS
I have this old DOD 31 band EQ that does amazing things. It's rebuilt, of course. There is no noise and it's direct coupled, DC to 500k hz bandwidth. Zero phase shift, 20~50k hz, .0002% IMD, no one does that.
It does an amazing + - 30 db! Pump 30 db at 20 hz and you will feel that and you may need to visit the rest room. I've not found any analog EQ with that much range besides the old and rare "Freakalizer", Stevie Wonder has one of those but it's real hissy.