Following a preview earlier at NAMM 2017, Radial Engineering will be introducing the new LX-2 and LX-3 passive line splitters at Prolight+Sound 2017 in Frankfurt. Both units are now shipping. The Radial LX-2 allows to easily send a single audio source to two different destinations at once without noise, with the ability to attenuate the input signal and tame hot outputs from a mixing console or mic preamp.
The input of the LX-2 features an XLR/TRS combo jack, which allows users to connect balanced or unbalanced line level signals to be split to two different destinations. A premium Jensen transformer inside provides exceptional frequency response and phase coherency to ensure that the highest audio quality is maintained, while isolating the two outputs from each other to eliminate hum and buzz from ground loops. Ground lift switches on each of the two XLR outputs help to further reduce ground loop noise.
For situations where a level adjustment is required, the trim control on the LX-2 allows to attenuate overly hot signals. This lets drive mic preamps hard to achieve coloration, while trimming the level at the LX-2 to avoid clipping the inputs of the recording interface. This trim control is activated by a recessed 'set & forget' switch for live use or, in situations where attenuation is not needed, simply disengaged to prevent accidental and unwanted level adjustments.
The LX-2 is built with 14-gauge steel to ensure it continues to reliably perform night after night even on the most demanding tours, while a book-end design protects the connections and switches. Rigid I-beam construction prevents torque from being applied to the circuit board, eliminating the possibility of damaging solder joints. The LX-2 has a compact footprint, with the added benefit of allowing up to 8 units to be rack-mounted using the Radial J-Rak.
LX-3 Passive Line Splitter
The Radial LX-3 is designed to send one audio signal to as many as three destinations at once. Completely passive with no need for power and also using a premium Jensen transformer, the LX-3 provides two isolated outputs to eliminate hum and buzz from ground loops, along with a third direct output. All three XLR outputs feature ground lift switches for additional suppression of noise and an input pad allows you to connect super high line output levels without over-saturating the audio transformer in the LX-3. The input of the LX-3 features an XLR/TRS combo jack, which allows to connect via balanced or unbalanced cables. The LX-3 will automatically balance the signal at the isolated outputs, preventing interference and signal degradation over long cable runs.
Like all Radial products the LX-3 is built rugged to handle years of abuse on the road, with heavy-duty 14-gauge steel construction. A book-end design creates a protective housing around the connectors and switches to prevent damage even in a harsh concert touring environment and an internal I-beam frame makes it almost impossible to torque the circuit board and damage solder joints. The LX-3 can be mounted in a Radial J-Rak allowing up to eight units to be rack-mounted together or combined with other compatible Radial DI boxes for a streamlined and mess-free setup. Typical applications include splitting the signal in the studio to send to multiple effects, feeding a console output to a number of recording devices, or even splitting a signal on a live stage to multiple monitors or headphone mixers.
The Radial LX-2 ($219.99 USD) and LX-3 ($259.99 USD) are both now shipping.
New products at Prolight+Sound 2017
Radial Engineering is also displaying several new solutions at Prolight+Sound 2017 in Frankfurt, which should be shipping soon.
The new Radial Presenter combines a microphone preamp and a USB program input to create the ultimate interface for any presentation, from school lectures to corporate audio.
The Cab-Link provides an easy way to connect one amp head to two speaker cabinets, allowing you to connect cabinets in series or parallel configurations as required.
The SAT-2 is a stereo audio attenuator and monitor controller, providing an adjustable level control wherever it's needed. Compact, rugged, and completely passive, the SAT-2 is a simple yet powerful device.
The Backtrack is a compact stereo audio switcher, perfect for bands running redundant backing tracks on stage. The Backtrack lets musicians easily connect a laptop computer, MP3 player, or recording interface and ensure that even if the primary backing track source fails, the show still goes on.
The MIX2:1 is a simple yet highly useful mixer that passively sums two audio channels down to one. This enables to easily sum the stereo outputs of a console, recording interface, or portable playback device down to mono.
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