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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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Very good for the price, no sound loss

VRW, 12.01.2016
Am principally very satisfied with the part. Has not many, but well-thought-out, easy-to-use features and, what is most important, it does not interfere with the sound, provided you use high quality cables. The switcher itself is really soundneutral (I was very tense and a little skeptical). I connect Genelec 8020 and Yamaha HS7 with it and use only Vovox cables from the interface and to the boxes and can say that the sound has in no way suffered under the Switcher. I have chosen this special switcher conscious, since I have very little space on my desk and do not need any extra features (therefore none of the much more expensive and larger). There is a small smear. The current system in my / house / apartment is unfortunately everything other than new and high-quality, which is why throughout the system again and again squeaks / humming noise sneak in. I already had to fight with my Apogee Quartet (with 2 pairs of boxes), although I only use the highest quality TRS / XLR cables and the same power strips. Now it is synonymous with the Switcher in such a way that he transmits in the mute state a very clear hum, which however, in the UNMUTE state again almost completely disappears (which makes the matter then again not so tragic). Since this is partly synonymous s.meinen Stromnetz here and already before was a problem every now and then, I'm not only the Switcher responsible for it.
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