Review: Dahlquist DQ-10 Speaker
The DQ-10 is a 5-way, open baffle, time-aligned speaker; the DQ-1W is a passive 13" subwoofer; and the DQ-LP1 is an electronic crossover that features a passive, distortion free high-pass section and a freq/gain adjustable low-pass section.
Several years after initial introduction, Dahlquist modified the main speaker design to mirror image the left and right speakers. This provided symmetry and widened the soundstage even further. If you are looking to buy a set, this is the version to get!
After 30 years of ownership the Dahlquists system still takes my breath away. The sound stage is extremely wide, I can close my eyes and picture the musicians playing, with each instrument precisely located across the front of my listening room. The accuracy and clarity is stunning, piano notes are clear and true; symbols ring with purity; acoustic guitar strings sound crisply plucked; and drum beats are powerful and tight.
The 5-way crossover network is the reason for the speaker's power hunger, it has several power resistors in it that really heat up. But what you get in return for this design is accuracy (purity of note) and clarity (distortion free) of sound because each speaker driver only has to work in a limited frequency range. This is especially true of the DQ-10 woofer driver which only has to work down to 60hz with the electronic crossover in the setup.
I certainly recommend them!
Type: 5 way, 5 driver loudspeaker system
Frequency Response: 35Hz to 27kHz
Recommended Amplifier: 60 to 200W
Crossover Frequency: 400, 1000, 6000, 12000Hz
Bass: 1 x 10" cone
Midbass: 1 x 5" cone
Midrange: 1 x 1.75" soft dome
Tweeter: 1 x 0.75" dome
Super Tweeter: 1 x piezoelectric element
If you have any questions, please call me at 617-839-8523. Thank you, Aaron M. Adler