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Anybody using a switch box for multiple inputs?

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Thread Starter 

I've ordered a single-input amp, and have three sources. The outboard high-end switch boxes are pricey: there's the Goldpoint SW4, with 4 inputs and 1 pr of outs for $352 (definitely way too much), and the Decware ZSB Zen Switch Box, with 4 inputs and 2 sets of outputs for $279 (really nice but still way more than I want to spend).

 

I'm thinking about putting something together myself for what I hope is significantly less money. But, has anybody found a unit for input switching that they used, liked, didn't cost an arm and a leg and was not noisy?  

post #2 of 10

Niles AXP-1 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00006I5J0)

I use it and have found no sound degradation. I didn't want to use anything else under this level.

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Thread Starter 

Thanks, Mambo. Just what I was looking for. Home run.

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Originally Posted by DownhomeUpstate View Post

Thanks, Mambo. Just what I was looking for. Home run.
You're welcome. (I'd be happy with just a double!)
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Thread Starter 

Hmmm. I make boo-boo. Must fix.

 

I realized last night that the reason I liked the Decware ZSB was that it has 2 pairs of outputs - one for my headphone desk amp, and the other for my tube integrated. The Niles switchbox has 1 pair of outputs. What to do?

 

On the Wiki page under the DIY and Mods tab, I read currawong's post for a group effort called Do It Yourself Links. There's a link for Welborne Laboratories where they have affordable 6-position dual deck selector switches for $32 each with high-quality contacts. I've got some good foil shielded solid hook-up wire and a selection of decent RCA jacks lying around. Add a Hammond black steel box from Antique Electronic Supply for $20 and one more pair of RCA's and I think I'm in business. Well, except maybe for some EMI/RFI shielding and some feet.


Edited by DownhomeUpstate - 7/17/13 at 6:19pm
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post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the idea. The inputs to my my tube amp go to a dual 100K ohm pot, and the input impedance of the Crack is also 100K ohms. So, seems like I still need that second selector switch to avoid a serious impedance matching problem, no?

post #8 of 10

Dr Peppard (i.e. Mapletree Audio) makes switchboxes. See here

http://hollowstate.netfirms.com/otherproducts.htm

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Interesting lead, jjinh.  I'll check this out.

 

Thanks!

 

Mike

post #10 of 10

They're made to order so you'd need to email Dr Peppard and tell him what inputs and output you need, etc.

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