British EQ can be loosely defined as any equalizer circuit that is designed and built in a way that emulates (in design or sound or both) theclassic EQ circuits from the legendary mixers that came out of England in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Soundcraft, Amek, Neve, Trident, and manyother brands achieved legendary status during those years because engineers and producers liked their sound, and in particular liked theperformance and sound of their equalizers. During the 1980s and 90s less expensive products began to show up from other parts of the world.British EQ was thus coined as a marketing term that became used by many of the English companies to combat the less expensive products.They felt that by making the distinction that not all mixers and EQ circuits sound the same they could maintain market share even at higherprices. By all accounts the idea worked because there is still today quite a bit of mystique around the concept of British EQ.