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Favorite Passive Volume Attenuation...DIY, or...
Old 25th November 2009
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Hey guys.

I know there are some preferred passive stepped attenuator boxes among the high end slutz, but I thought I'd throw it out here again.

So, what do you guys use - Goldpoint, SPL, Coleman, A-Designs??....DIY?

I'm looking for something to insert between my newly finished Linkwitz Orion high-fidelity speakers -
driven by (2) 5-channel Emotiva XPA-5 power amps - and the Orion ASP (X-over signal processor) - (post my main audio mix feed).

...These will be used as QC / Pseudo-Mastering monitors.

Preferred features are:
  • Min. 1 XLR input source, minimum
  • Betw. 2-4 XLR speaker outputs, 1 RCA output (for the ASP)
  • Higher quality matched L/R stepped volume attenuator control knob/pot
  • High quality selector switch
  • Higher quality jacks
  • Decent quality rackmount chassis

I don't need any digi I/O, or routing.

I don't care about the way it looks, as long as it's rackmount, and the stepped attennuator has accurately matched L/R.

I also don't need any fancy matrixing or mixing, or talkback, power routing, etc.

I'm not against DIY - whatever's clever!...hopefully, I won't have to do too much steel chassis drilling, though heh

I've been checking out the Goldpoint stuff - the pots look pretty nice, but no rackmount : (

Old 26th November 2009
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Currently thinkin' about using a Pro Co Switchwich with a Goldpoint attenuator...

However, I'm not sure of the build quality of the Pro Co stuff.

...I had a Pro Co Headphone distribution box years ago - and I guess it was at least decent.

Anyone here happily using Goldpoint or Coleman boxes for monitor control?

A-Designs? Dangerous? etc.

...I really don't need a lot of crazy features and routing, though...

Since this is High End, I s'ppose I could call Pete Cornish, and have him build me something...heh

Thoughts?...Thanks in advance, guys!

Old 27th November 2009
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Coleman here.

M3PH for my main monitoring, line switchers and others dotted around the studio.

Totally solid build, incredibly well engineered, great l-r tracking even at low levels.

Five thumbs up!

I would say anything else would be more than you would need from your description.
Old 27th November 2009
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I bought an old dual gang PaintonWinkler stepped attenuator from the master section of an 80 series neve for about 50 bucks.
Put it in a box with 2 stereo XLRs out the back and....shizam!
Old 27th November 2009
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I have the Goldpoint SA1X which I ordered for my Barefoot MM27s. The speakers haven't arrived yet so all I can really say about it is that it is very solidly built and feels high quality but I haven't heard it. I asked Thomas Barefoot for a recommendation of a passive attenuator to use with the MM27s and he suggested that.

Goldpoint SA1X Level Control / Passive Preamp
Old 27th November 2009
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$442 for this? You have got to be kidding..

Old 27th November 2009
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Originally Posted by acoustic12 View Post
$442 for this? You have got to be kidding..

The quality of the goldpoint switches is exceptional.
If their fully assembled product seems above your budget,
you can always just buy the attenuator and "box" it yourself.
The rotary switch, by itself, is around 150 bucks.
Old 27th November 2009
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Coleman stuff is really nice. He's a very helpful and personable guy, and very willing to help if you have a problem or need to customize one of his devices.

I have several; an M3PH II and the surround one and a meter panel. They track perfectly, the controls feel good and have never exhibited scratchiness, and they are simple, solid and well built.

I've never felt a need for one of the digital controllers.
Old 28th November 2009
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Hey, thanks a ton, guys. I very much appreciate your input here...thumbsup

Your votes of confidence regarding PaintonWinkler, Coleman and Goldpoint products are very helpful. We are currently considering some of these boxes.

I've looked at the Goldpoint options, as well as their individual pots and switches, etc.

We may contact Coleman, as well - and see if he will do a more custom box.

...In the mean time, any other ideas, dudes (and dudesses)?

Thanks again, all!

Old 28th November 2009
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See if you can find some old davens off flea bay and pop them in a box with some sockets mate, sorted!.
Old 28th November 2009
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Originally Posted by Bassmec View Post
See if you can find some old davens off flea bay and pop them in a box with some sockets mate, sorted!.

bueno, gracias...thumbsup

Old 28th November 2009
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Little labs Red Cloud is very nice........
Old 28th November 2009
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hey, thanks, man.

don't know the LL box...

Old 28th November 2009
old passive broadcast stuff here, and DIY (good components)
was looking at coleman before but I don't need it

what I AM contemplating is a Little Labs Red Cloud
if it does what it should, it's not that expensive (2x4 with db25)
Old 28th November 2009
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Little labs Red Cloud is very nice........
stereo image constistent across the whole range? tested?
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