Taken from a tank!
So... let me start off by saying I am not a hardware purist in the least. I love mixing in the box and using all the great plugins that we are fortunate to have in the year 2014. Whenever I do invest in a hardware piece, I try to grab something wacky that has a unique sound difficult to emulate in a plugin.
This was my first "normal" piece of outboard processing (other than input stuff of course) so I was rolling the dice a bit, working off reviews and trusting the API lineage.
Overall I am very satisfied with this EQ. I feel that it covers a wide range without being smeary or overbearing. The mid bands in particular allow the user to coax out some subtle details of a mix without bringing too many harsh artifacts to the forefront. I feel the APIish love on the bottom, and the top is extremely transparent. This is by no means a replacement for a precise digital EQ. I use my digi EQ for specific cuts and shelves, then use the JDK for subtle enhancement.
Great build quality and pleasing sound... why did it not receive 5 stars? Sadly there is no stereo link on this feature. As I feel it excels at 2 buss duties, a stereo link is a must. The pots are not even stepped! How are users meant to match both sides? Eyeballing it? It does seem like JDK really dropped the ball with the lack of both a stereo link option and stepped pots. Hopefully they revise this in the future.
All things considered, this is a good unit that I will use mostly for sweetening.