We take a look at two popular items, the Behringer Eq700 7-Band and the MXR M109S Six Band. The Music Critic reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. If you would like to see more product comparisons and reviews in this category, click here.
Everyone has different preferences, and we hope our frank reviews will make your decision easier. First, we will take a look at the Behringer Eq700 7-Band. TThis EQ is the best budget alternative for the musician who perhaps is just starting out in the EQ jungle. It is cheap, and to be honest it doesn't really compete with the top pedals, but we would advise anybody low on funds, or not knowing whether they will use it very much, to try it out.
Now we will have look at an alternative, the MXR M109S Six Band. This pedal is like number 6's little brother. Which is the best? With six bands instead of ten it would be easy to just draw the conclusion that it can't be a good option in comparison, but just like a little boy sometimes grows taller than his big brother, this pedal offers up to 18 dB boost instead of number 6's 12 dB.
It actually looks really nice, and if you would hide the brand name people would probably guess that it costs more. This EQ has 15 dB boost which is less than number 1 and 2 on our list but still something to get you started. This pedal would suit guitars best, and even keyboards, while it might not be quite enough for an electric bass.
This EQ also has the best high visibility LED lights (that work better in a light room than on a dark stage, so you don't get blinded). It is silent with its noise-reduction circuitry, has true bypass switching and top notch aluminum casing.
|HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON|
|Behringer Eq700 7-Band||MXR M109S Six Band|
+ Easy to use
+ OK sound for a few bucks
+ 18 dB boost
+ True bypass
+ Bright LEDs
|WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT|
|Our guess is that most people that start their EQ journey with pedals like this one will eventually feel the need to upgrade. However this doesn't mean that it is a bad buy, it might best to start with a cheap model to try out the whole thing and it might even help you to know what you feel is important when choosing the next one, enabling you to end up with the ideal EQ pedal for you.||If you're in love with pedal number 6 on our list but don't feel like spending that much, or don't need two outputs and 10 bands, then this is the EQ for you! It is a champion that will stay with you a long time, giving you that optimal sound you've been looking for!|
Check out our article The Top EQ Pedal for Metal Guitar & Bass Playing in 2018 for more info.