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Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       02-08-2006, 5:31 PM Reply   
Im throwing the boat show www.boatbeats.com
what Im looking for is a way of taking a signal from a DJ booth (XLR cable) and sending it like 100 yards away and splitting it up so that the boats at the boat show can all use the signal.

I was told there was a Item called a Media Box that will do just this, Any one know about this or a better way to do it??
Old    Mike Isler (isler)      Join Date: Apr 2003       02-08-2006, 6:29 PM Reply   
Grant West,

You could use a BeachTek adapter, like those sold for video cameras. Basically, they let you use XLR mics with video cameras that only have a 1/8" inputs.

This might be the exact product you're looking for:
http://www.beachtek.com/dxa10.html

What about doing it with a small FM transmitter, so you don't have to hardwire it all? Obviously not iTrip small, but maybe 1 watt...
Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       02-09-2006, 7:09 PM Reply   
Yes that thing looks cool Im wondering why there is a Left and right XLR imput and not just one. Do you have to give it a Left and right XLR signal imput to get a Left and Right RCA output?

I found this DI box.http://www.zzounds.com/item--WHRPCDI

It looks a bit beefeier and its like $170 bucks
Im guessing I might need a few of them and Im gonna half to eat the cost on them so for me the cheeper the better.
Old    Shawn K. (zipe)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-14-2006, 6:27 PM Reply   
Grant,

How many lines out are you looking for? All you need is a basic Audio Distribution Amplifier. A cheapie from Radio Shack (cringe) would do the job:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2103065&cp=&kw=audio+distribut ion&parentPage=search

The XLR out of the DJ mixer and the RCA inputs are the same line signal, so you do not need any signal conversion, just an adapter to go from XLR to RCA, which is also available at Radio Shack (cringe) or a Guitar Center.

http://www.hosatech.com/hosa/products/GXM-133.html

The mixer should have no problem driving a signal 100' down a mic cable then adapt it at the DA to RCA. If you want a stereo signal, you would need two XLR's from the mixer to the DA, then two RCA's (L&R) to the boats. To keep it simple, you could also shoot a mono signal to all so there is just one wire to deal with.

You could also go with a "Press Box":


http://www.whirlwindusa.com/press.html

But those can get expensive, even to rent.

Shawn
Old    Shawn K. (zipe)      Join Date: Mar 2002       02-14-2006, 6:31 PM Reply   
BTW: avoid the FM transmitter or other wireless devise is the object is to showcase the boat' sound systems. There is a noticeable quality drop in signal when you go wireless since most signals are compressed to transmit and drop the frequencies at either end of the spectrum.

Shawn

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