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Old 17th October 2006
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Choose my Console. QUICK HELP

32 Channel Soundcraft DC2020 or 32 Channel D&R Orion (one broken fader). There both 7500 bucks. I dont want to make the wrong desicion. What better in terms of SOUND, FEATURES, and RESAIL VALUE! Thanks guys
Old 17th October 2006
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OrionX or Orion standard? Patchbays? Automation? Wiring harnesses? Stereo Modules? The X model is a 16 bus console, the standard Orion is an 8 bus. the X has faders instead of pots in the monitor section. Both have the awesome floating subgroups, so you will have 32 outs, although only 8 or 16 at a time (resprectively).

In terms of sound, I'd say the D&R, but again, that's just my opinion - I own one, I HAVE to say that. lol Actually, I'd tell you the same if I didn't own one. I think the 2020 may have more bells & whistles, but at the cost of sonics. Resale value sucks for any large format console. Figure it will be worthless when you're done with it in a few years. Either that or they will make a comeback and be worth double what you paid for it.

FYI, I recently priced my Orion (48X16X48 w/ 120 inputs & automation) and the retail on it right now is pushing $60,000US. I'd be lucky to get 10K for it if I sold it right now.

PS - $7500US sounds a tiny bit high, not a lot, but just a bit. Good luck.
Old 17th October 2006
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I dont want to make the wrong desicion.

there is no wrong decision, both consoles will serve you well. so relax, do a little research if you have time, flip a coin if you don't... then buy one of the consoles and get on with the joy.


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Old 17th October 2006
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PS - $7500US sounds a tiny bit high, not a lot, but just a bit. Good luck.

consoles seem to be creeping back up.

regarding the original question, both consoles apparently have the same resale value. $7500, right?


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Old 17th October 2006
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32 Channel Soundcraft DC2020 or 32 Channel D&R Orion (one broken fader). There both 7500 bucks. I dont want to make the wrong desicion. What better in terms of SOUND, FEATURES, and RESAIL VALUE! Thanks guys
I would go D&R. I got a standard Orion (32 mono, 6 stereo, patchbay one private non smoking owner) for half that, but was VERY lucky I think. I would have paid $6k.
Yes, the floating groups are excellent. The sound is excellent. From what I have heard reliability is excellent (and I have had no issues). They still make them and the company is a good one.

I think the DC2020 may have more features, but that is more to go wrong and I had a TS24. Great desk, but all the switches crackled after a while and a power supply went down.
I agree that those prices are a touch higher than I HAVE seen, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth paying. If the condition is great, I'd go for the orion but haggle....

http://www.d-r.nl

they have brochures and manuals online I believe
Old 17th October 2006
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I love my D&R 4000 mk-II. Great open sound and really easy to service. I was looking very seriously at the Orion until I found a great deal on mine (and Ice T had done a record on it, so it had the mojoi!!!!)
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