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  • Speakon splitter

    Does anybody know of a splitter box for Speakons? I have patch panels in my racks that are wired to use four conductor wire. They send the signal for the tops on +1/-1 and the subs on +2/-2. But recently I have been working in a club that has their own subs (which do a far better job than my own in this venue) that are wired for +1/-1. In order for this to work, I have temporarily added a pair of jacks to the back of the rack (one of the output jacks on the back of the amp is damaged and will not allow a connection and I already had the connectors, so I connected them to the +1/-1 binding posts of the sub amp) and have to run an additional pair of wires to the stacks. I'm wondering about a box that would be like one four wire jack in and two two wire jacks out that I could place at the speaker stacks and thus reduce the amount of wire I have strung out. Or is this just a bad idea all around?

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  • #2

    A friend of mine built me a plasic electrical box with a SpeakOn jack on each side. One takes a four wire two channel "in", one is channel 1, another is channel 2 inverted, and the fourth is the bridged output. My sub amp is always in bridge mode hence the need to run channel 2 inverted if I want the subs non-bridged (which is how I normally run).


    • Unalaska
      Unalaska commented
      Editing a comment
      I'd just make a cable the length you need using the NL4 on (pins 2) and an NL2 on the other. Easy to identify and no special require needed.

      FWIW all my systems use low pin 1 and mid/high get a separate NL4 for passive or bi amp.

  • #3

    I have some of the cable-cubes that I bought when they first started business. In fact I believe I was the first US customer. They have held up just fine for several years of use.

    I started out with EAW subs, so got used to the notion that the subs should use the 2+/2- conductors of an NL4 cable, and that is the way I have always routed my system cabling. Using the cable cubes I could break out 8 conductor cable for two bi-amped tops a side, then run NL4 for subs + a passive outfill cabinet per side. If I had the amp capacity for lower impedance on the tops I could run the whole rig on one NL8 cable a side.

    If I were running a passive top over EAW subs for a smaller room, then using 4 conductor cable and 2+/2- for the sub means I just jump from a sub to the top with a 2 conductor cable wired to the 1+/1- terminals.

    Mike Pyle
    Audiopyle Sound Pro Audio & Stage Lighting