Recommend a good quality patchbay? Would the Behringer

Discussion in 'Patchbays' started by Mr. Tangent, Nov 30, 2003.

  1. Mr. Tangent

    Mr. Tangent Guest

    I'm in the need for a 1 rack space 24-48 point patchbay.

    My only requirements are that it is:

    1) manually switchable (on the front or top of the unit) between normalled, half-normalled, open and parallel.

    (would rather not have to open the unit up and solder if I don't have to)

    2) 1 rack space.

    3) As high quality as my budget can allow.

    4) Under $200 (unless there's something I should check out that's a little higher).

    5) Balanced would be nice, but not necessary.

    Please offer your opinion, along with links to reviews or whatever if possible. I sincerely appreciate it.

    So far I'm thinking of buying the Behringer Ultrapatch Pro PX2000. Bear in mind this is a home studio.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Bobby Loux

    Bobby Loux Active Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Mr. T

    I dont like the whole behringer bashing BS (whatever works for people is fine with me), but I had one of those a few years back and it was very noisy. if I were to go with a patchbay I would highly recommend spending the extra $30-$40 bucks and get a balanced unit. you might not think its important for even a home project studio, but it does help especially with all the budget pre's and cables that are normally purchased at the project level...

    when I hardwired all my pre's balanced to my digi001, I did get rid of all that line noise I was getting through the can find a balanced bay well under $100.00

    good luck
  3. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    The new Berhringer patch bays *are* balanced. I'd still avoid them however and go with something better like the Neutriks.
  4. MikoMader

    MikoMader Guest

    How about the Furman PB-48? Any users? I'm thinking about some of these fellas. Some feedback would be great.
  5. drbam

    drbam Guest

    I have 2 of the Furmans and 2 dbx's (both are PB 48 models and balanced). Both are good and seem fairly sturdy - haven't had any problems with any of them but I don't do a whole lot of patching either. The dbx is easier to work with in terms of switching the cards around so if you anticipate doing this with any regularity, then go with the dbx.

  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    All of the $100 range pathcbays are in the disposeable catagory. They really are not meant to last more than several years and won't take the abuse of the heavy user. Those with switches may seem like a nice added feature, but on the cheap units, the switches are junk, they are another layer your signal must go through, and another source of something to break, get dirty or have other contact problems.

    I use the dbx for my home set-up only because I got them real cheap compared to what the other brands would of cost me. After 3-years they are still holding up well. They have only one plastic nut on the back that holds the I/O card in place that is not ideal, so I am a more gentle than I would normally be when using it.
  7. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    I've been using ProCo patch bays for years and have been very pleased. I've also used the Furman and dbx patch bays on hobbyist installation jobs and my clients seem to like them. I've had trouble with Behringer products in the past so I would be wary, although I have heard that they have gotten a handle on their quality control problems recently.

    Uncle Bob

  8. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I have the switched Hosa which is only okay.It has worked well though the switches are cheap and I know I will be replacing it in a couple of years.Its better than the B...ringer.I have three Furmans which I have had for God knows how many years.They are still quite silent and still work and have been through a LOT.I also have two Switchcraft Industrial self-cleaning Normaled.Got em from an old radio station years ago.While they dont have the switching,they sound great.These are hardwired to all of my effects and outboard and I believe they are responsible for the lack of noise I hear in other folks setups.
  9. Mr. Tangent

    Mr. Tangent Guest

    Thanks for all the wonderful replies. I am going to look at other units, including Furman and dbx. Any models you people would recommend, for the respective manufacturers?
  10. XHipHop

    XHipHop Guest

    I got a bunch of used ADC punch down bays on ebay for under $200 each. VERY easy to wire up (no solder just punch them in with a tool) AND they are built like tanks.
  11. spratz

    spratz Guest

    I have been using the Neutrik 1/4" patchbay. It has been working very well.

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