The 215EQ is a dual band graphic EQ and it cost under a 100 dollars. It has nice and bright output level LEDs and a switchable 12 6dB cut or boost. The low cut filter on this unit is also a great addition for it to be at this price. The low cut filter is 80 Hz 24 dB.
Setting up this unit is very easy especially if you have used similar models before. There are 2 15 bands on the 215EQ and it can be racked up only taking up 1 rack space on your rig or set up. I used this EQ for a few months before upgrading to the PV 231EQ because I was in search of more bands.
The sound quality of this unit is decent; if you want better quality go with the PV 231 unit. You can use the 215EQ to get a decent sound that will work for your set up, but with this unit only costing 99 dollars you won’t get a great sound. I only used it for live gigs and never had a chance to test it out in a studio. After I finally upgraded this unit is when I realized that it was not that good. This was one of my first EQ racks and at the time I really didn’t know how important it was to have a good quality one. This unit is not going to take your sound to the next level but it will work for you until you can get your hands on a better unit.
I think this unit could be a lot better if the sound was better but that is why they make better models of it. This one is the most inexpensive unit that they have and it is worth the buy if you are just getting your feet wet and in the learning process. But if you are a live gigging musician or DJ I would not get this.
The Peavey PV 215 EQ is stereo graphic equalizer that can be used for a variety of different uses. I've seen this being used for live shows or for DJs, but I've only used it in the recording studio. I'm generally a fan of parametric equalizers over graphic ones for use in the studio, as I find them to be more exacting and in general just more useful. This is one of the reasons that you'll see graphic equalizers like this being used for live sound when it might not need to be as exacting as in the studio. In the back of the PV 215 EQ there are connections for both channels' inputs and outputs as well as a simple ground switch. It is rack mountable and will take up just a single space.
The make up of the Peavey PV 215 EQ is generally easy to understand, even for those without much experience using equalizers. Each of the two channels has fifteen bands, ranging from 31.5 Hz to 16 kHz. Each also has a low cut/high pass filter that is set at 80 Hz. Each also has a in/out button and an overall output leveler.
The sound of the Peavey PV 215 EQ is nothing spectacular, but it will get the job done in most situations. After using it in a studio setting though, it really seems as if this would be best for live shows. It was fine for doing simple jobs, but if there isn't a fixed frequency band where you want it, you're out of luck. That's really just the nature of graphic equalizers, and most users will understand this going into looking at a graphic EQ. However, for what it says it does, it can do the job okay in the studio and most likely very adequately on the stage.
For a stereo graphic equalizer that is on the cheaper sound, the Peavey PV 215 EQ does the job well. It's very easy to use and there isn't anything complicated about it at all. While not the cleanest equalizer I've used, it is fine for equalizer in large bands. It wouldn't be my first recommend if you're looking for something in the studio, it's perfect for uses where you don't need to be exacting.