Lindell Audio 506 Power by Triscuit
This is my first venture into anything "outboard," and while I was quickly overwhelmed with the amount of 500 series modules out there, one thing needed to be solidified: will it be an API Lunchbox? A Radial Workhorse/Cube? Or the quiet and shy looking Lindell Audio 506 Power?
When I looked at pricing, the Lindell quickly took the top of the list - not because it was "cheap," per se, but because it made sense. Compared to competitors, the Lindell was showing up strong in all foundational needs of a portable 500 series power supply. The chassis is extremely sturdy (Aluminum and lightweight); and no, it doesn't have a handle or wheels or hovercraft capabilities (although that would be sweet) but it does keep six 500 series modules neatly packed into a stealthy bundle.
Getting into 500 series gear requires a pretty significant commitment from a lot of us. I don't make boatloads of cash to spend, so I need to spend it wisely. I am a guy who enjoys functional design and would be happy without a bright coat of paint or "Feed" switches (which, by the way, not all 500 series modules are compatible with). When you build your channel strip in the Lindell, you'll have to patch it with XLR on the back end (the XLR I/O is gold plated). The unit is extremely quiet, and has some built in protection from any potential overloading or shorting out.
Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone interested in 500 series gear. The options are not in mass quantities when it comes to a great portable chassis, and the Lindell 506 delivers on its commitments. Dollar per slot, it makes sense. By the way, it also comes with a neat neoprene bag. I can't wait to travel with this guy. The only drawback I find is that the power switch is a bit far out of reach; I'm not going to complain though!
And for anyone interested, I went with the GAP Pre 573 to start with. I was torn between the Lindell 6X-500 and the GAP 573, but when it came down to it I felt like the 573 met my needs a bit farther along. I do, however, have my eyes on the Lindell 7X-500 compressor.