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Standalone Monitor / Talkbalk

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Nate Tschetter, Jun 13, 2003.

  1. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    I'm looking for opinions on standalone monitor units. With DAWs, one can do a lot of mixing but they're sorely lacking for master sections with speaker selection and talkback.

    HEAR Technologies makes one that is most intriguing to me. There's also the Coleman Audio unit that's a bit pricey but I'm sure its good. Also, the Dangerous Monitor looks good but is a bit beyond what I'm looking to spend.

    I don't mind spending for a tool that will last forever, so up to $1k is good. I'd like to be able to switch between at least two sets of speakers, have multiple talkback remotes and control room level control.

  2. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    :) Hey Nate! The Coleman site is cool, for many reasons. All of the products on all the links look interesting.

    It is another piece in the chain. It will add some noise.

    If you get one with digital I/O will the quality of the converters meet your standards?

    Do you use a small console at all, even a 1402, or something like it? Just wondering. Some creative use of inputs /sends and a few more tricks can do a good job of routing, and talkback.

    Just a suggestion,

  3. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Hi Rick

    Well, I've also considered the Speck Xtramix . I had a line on a used one for around $1500 but my priorities shifted. It would do everything I want it to plus give me a bunch of line inputs.

    Even with the Xtramix, I'd still need a way to switch monitors so that's why I'm thinking of a monitor section.

    A monitor with a digital in is fine. I'd of course like to hear the DA before buying.
  4. lbeaulac

    lbeaulac Guest

    Hi Nate,
    Just wondering if you've found a solution, as I am also looking for this monitor/talkback matrix unit...
  5. Chae Ham

    Chae Ham Active Member

    The Hear Technologies Hear Back and Talk Back Systems are definitely great options.

    We're using both in the studio and they've eliminated a lot of the headaches... well except one. If you decide to get the Talk Back 600 model HIDE the remote from the trigger happy producer!! :d:
  6. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    Actually, I ended up getting the Speck Xtramix. I found a really sweet deal on a used one locally.

    Although, I felt this was a rather complete solution.

  7. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Interesting comments here...we were considering the Hear Technologies units as a monitoring system for our live in-ear setup, but our tech guy evaluated them and decided against them. I never did ask him *why* he decided not to get them...I'll ask him and repost if I remember (old age sets in pretty early nowadays!).
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I think that the Purple Audio Master section looks like a really promising peice of hardware. I have no idea what retail price will be on this item is though.

    Purple Audio Master Section


  9. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member


    When I wrote to them asking about it, they said $4k with ICs and $4.5k with transformer I/Os.
  10. Chae Ham

    Chae Ham Active Member

    REALLY? I would be interested in knowing too. I have yet to hear a complaint about the Hear Back System. I am not speaking for your tech, but I think some people prematurely denounce them because they look too "pretty" to handle the rigors of pro use, but despite the pretty exterior they're pretty solid construction wise. Perhaps the only reason I might not use them for live sound(although they perfectly could be used for this purpose) is because of the CAT5E cabling. This would be fine if you're a mellow jazz quartet, but if you're a jumpin' rock band I could see the potential for someone accidentally kicking, pulling, or stomping a cable.

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