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Gugga
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Source selection, input selection, switch...

Hi guys,
when I started searching for this one I thought it would be a really simple search with a simple solution in the end. I was wrong.

My needs are simple. I have some Audioengine A5 powered speakers, which I'm really happy with but many audio inputs to connect to them.

-laptop (directly)
-airport express
-tv/dvd
-small mixer for the times I play dj

It's really annoying the process of disconnecting and connecting cables every time I need to change sources.

What I had in mind was a small and simple (but yet good) source selector (or input selector or switch, i found many names for that but no good product) where I could leave all my devices connected to it and switch between them without messing with cables.

The closest I got to an answer was this baby: http://www.decware.com/newsite/rotary.htm

But how I never heard about it and didn't find info anywhere else I'm not convinced about its quality.

Anyone with the same problem? Any sugestions?

Thank you,
Gustavo.

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Take a pre-amp out of mothballs...

or get a small, new pre-amp. I used an old Adcom GTP-500 with a PC for awhile and it really simplified things. Yer mileage may vary. :D

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Thanks for the comments. I

Thanks for the comments.

I had a glance at this Electronicusa but I think between this and the Decware I'd go Decware. Looks a bit better. But I have no idea concerning it's quality.

A preamp is a good idea, but usually they are too expensive because of some functions I'm not interested in. A used one could be a good solution if not too bulky.

Do you know for example any good small pre-amp with multiple sources?

Cheers!

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Manley Labs Skipjack

If you are willing to spend the money and have only RCA connections, the Manley Skipjack is a TOTALLY transparent RCA switch of audiophile grade. I have and use one of these.

It is also configurable to split a single signal for biamping. It is a really cool product.

It's not cheap, though.

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The rotary switch in the

The rotary switch in the DECware box is very good and would be your most cost-effective/quality solution. Otherwise, there is the Manley Skipjack for $900 that might be marginally better.

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Great. Thanks for the help. I

Great. Thanks for the help.

I think I'll go with the DECware. It was the only on-budget and still looking nice solution I found.

The Manley besides being super expensive is crazy ugly.

Cheers!

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I have a similiar need

I am looking for a box that lets me select from two sources into one set of speakers...ie; two sets of speaker wires from two different amps into one set of speakers letting me select the source I want to listen to...

I have not made any effort to look for such a thing yet...but soon.

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Be careful!
JIMV wrote:

I am looking for a box that lets me select from two sources into one set of speakers...ie; two sets of speaker wires from two different amps into one set of speakers letting me select the source I want to listen to...

I have not made any effort to look for such a thing yet...but soon.

Just make sure it is a "break before make" switch to ensure there is no momentary connection of the output of one amp with the output of the other.

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Thanks for the advice

Thanks for the advice

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