Studio Electronics Rack Mount Lighted Dual Sifam VU Meter Panel, +4 Balanced XLR Inputs
We built and sold several dozen of these custom VU meter panels a few years ago and recently built a few more of them. These are a very practical studio accessory, especially for work station, computer based, and post production systems.
These panels are nearly identical to the Triplett Dual VU meter VU panels that we sell, except that they use slightly larger Sifam VU meters.
Built from repurposed VU meters and Sony PC boards, this is a 3.5" high (2 RU) panel with two accurate, high quality Sifam VU meters and dual buffer electronics. Trimpots on each buffer board provide level adjustment -- the unit is designed for +4, but can be adjusted for sources with levels from -12 to +6, so it can be used with consumer level -10 signals, if desire . The VU meters are each illuminated by two lamps. The lamps are powered below their rated voltage, for extended life. 4 spare lamps are included.
The panel has a six foot cable with two female XLR’s for the inputs. The panel is balanced high impedance in, and adding it to your system will have no impact on the sound quality or specs of your system.
Please note: upon request we can include two XLR Y-adapters, each with 1 female XLR and 2 males, to provide a "through" connection with parallel outputs for the meter panel. The additional cost for two adapters is $60. If you want the adapters let us know, and we can add the cost to your ebay invoice or invoice you separately.
Also, upon request, we can install other types of connectors instead of XLR, such as RCA, 1/4" balanced or unbalanced, etc. There's no extra charge for this option, but please let us know at the time of purchase.
The Sifam VU meters are extremely rugged and reliable and feature accurate, familiar ballistics. If you're running a digital setup with peak indicators but no mechanical VU's, adding our meter panel will help you to judge the subjective loudness of your mixes. In addition, the high resolution of analog VU meters can be very handy for accurately calibrating input and output levels, and for analog metering of digital plug-ins.
The panel is rugged 3/16" aluminum, grained and anodized black (not just painted). The unit is powered by a small 100-240 volt power adapter that will work with any wall voltage. However please note that the power adapter had a US style plug and for other regions you will need to provide the correct socket adapter. This is a sharp looking unit, and a very practical addition for the home or project studio. A one page user guide is included.
Studio Electronics Inc. has served the pro audio industry since 1981. We run one of the best equipped service repair shops in North America, with a vast parts inventory and an extensive library of documentation on all types of audio gear -- from the 1950’s to present day. We are an authorized service center for several manufacturers, and offer expert service on all kinds of vintage pro audio gear including EMT, UREI, Pultec, Eventide, API, Neve, Marshall Electronic, and many others. We’ve installed over 250 studios -- everything from small project studios to large scale projects for firms like Warner Brothers and Disney. We’re proud of our reputation in the pro audio community. You can get lots more info about us by visiting our site at www.studioelectronics.biz.
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