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  1. OT: Best all-round DI box?

    Choosing a good DI box requires thought about the application. The description of a Bass amp output, a electronic keyboard output suggests that a passive device will be ideal. The better passive devices have many advantages over the active systems, at least for the those who agree that a good transformer input offers benefits over "transformerless" inputs. The primary feature that some active systems offer is exceptionally high input impedance that is useful with high impedance low voltage output devices such as traditional electric guitar and bass pickups. If the bass player is plugging the instrument directly into the monitor/mains system without the amp, and the bass uses a passive high impedance pickup, then an active direct box is a good idea. The bass amp's line out and the keyboard's mystery meat output will work very well with a passive system, and will work well with an active system as well. Countryman have long been top quality active systems while Radial has aspired to become a top quality supplier. Radial has become so popular that they purchased the world renown Jensen Transformer manufacturer to insure a consistent supply of world class audio input transformers for enthusiasts who enjoy using transformers. Radial JDI passive: 140kOhm input impedance Countryman 85: 10MOhm input impedance I think its great that you want to support the kids and their music making. Good luck with your choices!
  2. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    Thank you Ryan.
  3. NEW: Ambient | NanoLockit

    How do replace the batteries when and if you need to 5 years from now? Thank you.
  4. Comtek Questions - 72 vs 216 - Old vs New

    Any thoughts about what happened to allocations in the 72-76MHz band? Looking at the 2003 and 2016 Allocation charts I see some changes occurred, but don't see anything about assistive listening. Thank you.
  5. Update on the upcoming Tentacle Sync-E

    I had the impression that the level was continuously adjustable. Is that incorrect? Is it just "mic" and "line"? Thank you.
  6. Comtek Questions - 72 vs 216 - Old vs New

    Can someone please elaborate on the details of how most of the 72-76MHz spectrum has become illegal to use for IFB "assistive listening"? I am trying to consolidate a pros cons list for IFB solutions and searched for 72 vs 216. I got the impression from this thread that the 72Mhz gear is harder to find, but see that brand new units are still available today. I don't think I want buy any 72MHz gear but I would like to understand the circumstances to have a sense of perspective. I gather that most of the 72-76MHz band has been re-purposed for public safety but I can not find any info about assistive listening in the band having become illegal. I found a bunch of info about RC Modelers arguing whether or not it is a legal unlicensed band, but the only 72MHz assistive listening info I found still describes its use. Any info appreciated! Thank you.
  7. Oade Brothers Audio upgrades

    The Oades have been upgrading "taper" gear for live music recording for many decades, and are genuine legends in some circles. I have never had any upgrades, but have known the brothers for over 30 years, and think that they operate with sincerity.
  8. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Hi Steve, Thanks for explaining. I honestly did not know that there were (m)any choices below 32 Ohm, but I can understand why it is a good idea to avoid them if you want the output of the R1A to seem civilized. Thank you. Edit to add: http://soundfirst.com/images/Earbud_Impedance.pdf
  9. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Can I assume that there is a small typo, or at least some particular perspective that may be explained further? In the world of headphone choices, a 32 Ohm load seems relatively low. The Sony 7506 design is 60 Ohm which is already much lower than the dozens of "hi-fi" 600 Ohm headphones on the market, while the infamous Telex CES-2 earset is rated at 125 Ohm.
  10. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Thank you for the helpful information.
  11. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Thank you for explaining.
  12. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Thank you for explaining. I just read the SK300 manual and suppose I understand, but want ask to be sure. When you go to your bag setup do you sacrifice the ability to use a two channel send to the IEM receiver? Thank you.
  13. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    Can you explain what transmitter you use? The two channel receivers seem very attractive for the price, but the SR 300 G3 Transmitter has kept me from considering them for bag use. Thank you.
  14. Update on the upcoming Tentacle Sync-E

    19ms = 0.456 frames at 24 fps. Just thinking out loud.
  15. Any experiences with Lectrosonics VHF IFB?

    Hi, Does anyone know of any dealers who may have a demo set of these IFB units? Thank you.