Nowsonic Switcher

Passive Monitor Controller

  • Balanced inputs and outputs
  • XLR / TRS inputs
  • XLR / TRS outputs
  • Large volume control
  • Mute function
  • Selector switch for output A or B
  • Specifications of the robust metal housing: Inputs: 2 x XLR combo connectors and 6.35 mm TRS jack
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR, 2 x 6.35 mm TRS jack
  • Weight: 380 g
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 170 x 50 x 87 mm

Further information

Number Of Monitoring Outputs (Stereo) 2
Headphone connection 0
Talkback Function No
Built-in AD / DA converter No
Incl. Remot control No
Level Meter No
Number of 2 track inputs 0
Summing Function No
Surround No
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Hmm, not sure

20.08.2015
I'm still debating whether to return this...

I was looking for a simple monitor controller (Ie just a big accessible volume knob for the studio) and this seemed to fit the bill:

Passive
Balanced
Two Outputs
Inexpensive

Now whilst it is all those things and comes in a nice metal box it only has one simple task and I'm not sure it does it well enough. The two issues are:

It seems to pick up interference from either USB or my PC monitors. When its in the system I can hear a high pitched interference sound that changes as I move the mouse or open a program. If I turn everything else up (Interface and studio monitors) I can negate the effect by having the Nowsonic down low. This is where the second issue comes in. The gain matching across the stereo channels is very poor in the knobs first quarter of travel, with the right hand side of the stereo image being noticeably louder.

Both these are annoying. Whether I return it, I'm not sure as it does the job and was cheap enough. Also, you may not have the issues I have depending on your set-up and the tolerance in the volume control.
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Not so good .....

Bockwurst, 18.08.2017
I bought this because my interface (roland quad-core) does not have a mute nor headphones level. So at this price it seemed like a real bargain .... alas.
When connected there is a huge volume drop so I have to increase the level on my monitors as well as on my quad-core. The ability to use my headphones in such a way that I would not need to adjust the output ( the quad-core does not have a separate phones level) is unexistable. The big volume knob is a nice feature but it feels rather cheap, the start and end positions are not full stops, if you know what I mean (the knob can be turned past the "end" position rather easily). It also functions as a toggle mute switch which is a very nice feature.
The switch for switching between the two outputs is very cheap and when I've used it a few times it lost the connection to one of the monitors so there is a bad contact somewhere.
Pro : big volume knob, passive, combo inputs, metal housing
Con : Huge drop in volume, only one pair output with xlr (the other pair is jack), cheapish knobs, not so great contacts.
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