Originally Posted by kc8mob
Buy a OldSchoolAudio PwrRack. It's 699.00 when its not on sale and the PSU is better. It has more current capacity, and the 48-volt phantom supply is a hell of allot more stable. Oh yeah and this unit will power 11 modules regardless if there EQ's or mic pre's.
I've never heard anyone complain about the capacity or quality of the API power supplies. Is there a noticable sonic improvement when comparing the same module powered by an OSA rack as opposed to an API rack??? What about the Brent Averill rack power?
Is the OSA power supply built into the rack? It's hard to tell from the pictures but it seems so. The API and Averill power supplies are seperate units that sit outside the rack so this would seem like an advantage. . . . for less problems with noise and hum? (although I've never noticed a problem with any of my other pres that have built in power supplies so maybe this is just a problem for units with sloppy designs???)
The OSA racks are definitely the least expensive option right now. The API deal for a free lunch box if you buy 4 modules is really nice and saves you $450 BUT four API pres will cost you about $600 more than four Brent Averill or Old School Audio pres so there is no real advantage there. ( unless you are definitely set on API pres)
And I think API would be smart to offer a discount for people buying several modules and a rack, like, a $450 discount on the rack when you buy 4 modules and maybe a free power supply if you buy 6 modules or whatever.