monitor selector?

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tony moore

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so bill hipped me to a new set of monitors tonight and i just realized i have no way of selecting between the 2. i need some type of selector to go between my console and 2 sets of amps/monitors.

any reasonably priced suggestions? (fwiw, this is for my home studio)

thanks!

tony
 

audiowkstation

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Did you go ahead and grab a set?

Great speakers.

What you don't want to do is compe out of your mixer to a Yadapter. This will alter the output impedance of the line level.

You could build a switch, 4PDT and use it to switch between the two poweramps. This way the mixer or preamp would see only one amp at a time.

If you are running unbalanced connections, radio shack has an effective device you can use that allows one input and many outputs. I hope they still sell them...it is a line selector switch that is passive and can be used in reverse. It originally had 4 inputs, one output. Using it in reverse (passive unit) you can have 1 stereo input and up to 4 (one at a time) outputs in stereo.

Hope this helps..
 
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tony moore

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hi bill,

not yet, i'm going to the closest dealer (5 miles!) tonight after work to buy a set. i didn't even realize this shop was there so they may have a passive speaker selector there.

i think i know the exact radio shack device you're talking about. i'll stop by today and see if they still carry it. i had been using balanced outs to the amp's input, but i'm ok with unbalanced as long as there's no hum. and i have alot of unbalanced gear in my studio (wired in a seperate unbalanced bay) and rarely have a problem.

thanks again!

tony
 

Katiedawg

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Location
Birmingham, Alabama
Originally posted by Bill Roberts:
Did you go ahead and grab a set?

Great speakers.

What you don't want to do is compe out of your mixer to a Yadapter. This will alter the output impedance of the line level.

Well, yes and no. If the output impedance of the board is nice and low (and it should be) and the input impedance of *both* monitoring systems is nice and high, it really shouldn't be a problem.

No, it's not the right way to do it, though! Bridging things together is a real chicken-sh*t way to do things, even though it works.

In the old days, when everything was 600 ohms in and out and had a transformer on it, a deaf man (and maybe even an A&R guy) could hear if you went and bridged two devices. Typically, the bottom end drops, and the high end gets really terrible edge to it around 2K-6K.

Not fighting with you Bill...please don't take it that way!
 
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Prolab

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Did not see any mention of bridging.

What you ***don't*** want to do is come out of your mixer to a Y-adapter. This will alter the output impedance of the line level.

You could build a switch, 4PDT and use it to switch between the two poweramps. This way the mixer or preamp would see only one amp at a time.
1 stereo input and up to 4*****(one at a time)***** outputs in stereo.
Still do not see a mention of bridging. Just either or.
 
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