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Studio Monitor Switcher

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by ray1018, May 22, 2008.

  1. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member


    Good Day!

    I bought a presonus Firepod 2 years ago and it's good and serve me good till now.

    Now, i'm actually looking for a Studio Monitor Switcher for audition/comparison when Mixing.

    Mean,i got 2 pair of studio monitor.And Firepod only provide an output (left and right) so i can't use both of my monitors.For this issue, i might need a switcher or something like A/b switcher to swap from Monitor 1 to Monitor 2 or Monitor 2 to monitor 1 again!

    Regarding to the situation above,do you have any suggestion or products recommend to me?What i know, Presonus do produce the Switcher call CSR-1 and Monitor Station!

    Are two of the above that i mention the Best choice in terms of Quality,Money and technically?S'ld the output TRS(balanced) to get better sound quality?

    Thanks and Appreciate!!
  2. Weasel9992

    Weasel9992 Guest

    The Central Station is fantastic...very transparent, surprisingly good conversion (if you need it) and a totally passive speaker path. I'm not a fan of the Big Knob...very colored, and not it a good way. Obviously there's some great high end options out there, but I get the feeling you're not in that market.

  3. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Shall we assume that you will have two pairs of active monitors, and not two pairs of passive monitors from an amp? I'm guessing yes, but just making sure all the facts are there. :wink:

  4. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    Haa..ya,i'm not in that market..in-house production!Any other suggestion instead of Presonus?
  5. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    You are right,i'm using Both 5' and 8' ACTIVE Studio Monitor.
    And for that issue,what's your precious suggestion?
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Try the SM Pro Audio M-Patch 2.

    You should use balanced feeds (TRS or XLR) to your active monitors.
  7. Weasel9992

    Weasel9992 Guest

    That's the second plug for that product I've seen this week...I'm going to have to look into it. How transparent is it?

  8. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Yeah, XLRs are fairly common.

    Pretty much - it's passive except for the headphone amp, which you don't have to power or use.
  9. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    "Weasel9992 wrote:
    That's the second plug for that product I've seen this week

    Yeah, XLRs are fairly common."

    Theres a horrible pun to be made on plugs for XLRs. Oops, I said it.
  10. ray1018

    ray1018 Active Member

    Anybody c'ld give me answ or comparison result that worth to get the Samson and Behringer Switcher other than Presonus Monitor Station or Makie BigKnob?
  11. song4gabriel

    song4gabriel Active Member

    i had a mackie big knob and hated it so much i brought it back.

    i have a coleman mkII that i actuall got before i brought back the crappie. i a/b'ed them and it was a huge huge huge difference.

    i do not even know its there (probably because i never swicth speakers because i am now out of power outlets).
  12. kittonian

    kittonian Guest



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  13. Link555

    Link555 Well-Known Member

    I have the cranesong Avocet, really happy with it.
  14. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the SM Pro Audio M-Patch 2.

    I have it and wouldn't give it up for anything. It's very transparent! Way less than the Big Knob or Central Station affect the signal anyway.

    Someone at Sound on Sound (I believe) did a review and said that with his $5K monitors he THOUGHT he could hear a slight difference in the image with the M-Patch as opposed to going straight into the monitors. I've tried it the same with my (far less expensive mons) and can't hear the difference.

    It's got 2 ins, 2 outs, headphone amp, is rackmountable and is built like a tank all for $150 US. IMO you just can't beat it anywhere near that price range.
  15. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    And another one for the M-Patch 2. It's good! ;-)
  16. Mirrza

    Mirrza Guest


    I bought monitor controller (switcher + volume control) from mmstudioz.com
    Totally passive design and NO colorations. And I open it too, there is alps pot and only quality stuff inside.


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