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info on Soundcraft Europa Channel Strips
Old 12th December 2011
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info on Soundcraft Europa

I have the chance to buy a 40ch Soundcraft Europa for a good price. I know it's not a studio console but it has an incredible feature set and I've always prefered split over inline consoles. So far so good...

The console has a linear power supply and here come the problems. Is it possible to convert a linear PSU from 115V to 220V without going through much trouble ? Is it expensive ?

Linear PSU's are known to have lower efficiency, do any of you have an idea of how much power would the console draw with one of these ? (Actually I haven't been able to find the console power consumption specs even with its regular switching PSU's...)

Out of curiosity, looking at the Europa channel strips it seems to have a lot in common with the 3200. How would it compare sonically against the same era soundcraft recording consoles ?
Old 12th December 2011
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It probably is very simple to set to 230 volts or to 110 volts. That powersupply will be ready for the whole world... But to know for reall. Send Soundcraft a mail. They can tell ya first hand.

Old 12th December 2011
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I am almost 100% sure that the PSU for the Europa are switchable between 115 and 220V, it should be in the manual which I believe you can download from Soundcrafts website.

Or send an email to Soundcraft support.

WT
Old 12th December 2011
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The console doesn't come with its stock power supply, it has a jbl linear, I've emailed the seller to know at least the model number.
Old 12th December 2011
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You should ask why this desk doesn´t have it´s original power supply.

Was it lost/stolen, did it break or was maybe the console stolen ?

WT
Old 12th December 2011
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Walk away then....
Old 12th December 2011
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Linear PSU's have a few advantages over swtiching ones, even if they draw more power and are less efficent they're more reliable, easy to fix and they provide more stable current. I bumped into this thread a few hours ago: Soundcraft Europa PSU .

BTW, I'll ask the seller, thanks again.
Old 12th December 2011
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So you say it's a very bad sign it doesn't have its stock PSU's ?
Old 12th December 2011
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There is a difference between a Switching and a switchable power supply. When I write switchable, I mean that you can switch between 115 and 220.

I am almost certain that the original powersupplies are linear and that you can switch them between 115 and 220 volts mains supply.

I would ask questions before proceeding.

WT
Old 12th December 2011
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I thought the original power supplies were switching. Many thanks, you have been very helpful
Old 12th December 2011
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If someone experimented with a non stock powersupply and damaged the board with wrong voltages you'll be troubleshooting till you die....

Walk away. Or offer dirt cheap... I mean 700 900 area (and only if you know what you are doing)...
Old 13th December 2011
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I've already asked about pots, switches and other potentially faulty parts. Is there anything else I'd better ask about?
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