monitor selector?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by tony moore, Feb 24, 2003.

  1. tony moore

    tony moore Guest

    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
     
  2. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

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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..
     
  3. tony moore

    tony moore Guest

    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
     
  4. Katiedawg

    Katiedawg Active Member

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    Birmingham, Alabama
    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!
     
  5. Prolab

    Prolab Guest

    Did not see any mention of bridging.

    Still do not see a mention of bridging. Just either or.
     
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