The new flagship of the tremendously successful DriveRack family provides incredible versatility, sonic excellence and intuitive control for performance applications. With four inputs and eight outputs, flexible signal routing and an optional CobraNet card, the DriveRack offers amazing flexibility. The Ethernet-HiQnet control backbone takes the to the next level allowing easy integration into larger control networks. Processing features include selectable DSP inserts on both the inputs and the outputs, in addition to the wealth of EQ, Delay, Band Pass and Crossover filters, all designed to maximize system performance.
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Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now. As most manufacturers tend to update their products from year to year, has dbx actually improved on their product or just put it in a prettier box?
Can the turn heads and budgets like its predecessor? More than just an upgrade and totally new and much better product! A few years ago, I reviewed the DriveRack , so in turn I will review the new flagship for dbx, the The was a great unit breaking new ground for dbx; but has dbx changed and fixed some of its limitations? The bigger question here is, as most manufacturers tend to update their products from year to year, has dbx actually improved on their product or just put it in a prettier box?
Dbx has kept the standard configuration of four inputs to eight outputs found on the and from other competitors. You can also order the with the optional CobraNet if desired. One of the hippest new features is the QVGA display that shows, in color, all the routing and processing in the signal chain. No more chart sheets of program numbers and which output does what; it is all right on the screen in front of you.
New to the is an output gain control knob on the face of the unit below each output meter. This knob also doubles as the mute for its output with a lighted ring denoting red for mute and green for on. Every input also has a band graphic and a nine-band parametric EQ. Available input delay is selectable up to ms, and output delay is selectable up to a total of 1, ms shared between the outputs.
Controlling the DriveRack is quite a bit different than the old Dbx no longer offers the remote like they did with the R, but it can now be controlled via Ethernet HiQnet to your own tablet PC.
You can even go wireless by using a wireless router. All of this is now integrated and controlled at your fingertips tablet pen for your entire system. The has been with me for months now. It was only supposed to be on loan for a couple of shows but I could not let it leave.
I have taken it out on everything from gospel acts to Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performances. It functions in a much more logical way than the old , with control and accessibility features that are unrivaled. The ability to control the entire system wirelessly is great for when you have a multi-zoned set-up. You can walk into the zone mute, un-mute and EQ for that zone instantaneously.
I say instantaneously but when working from the wireless Ethernet there can be some lag so for show time application it is good to revert back to a hardwired set-up. One of the most improved features is the speaker processing and pre-EQ functions. Rivaling the old , on which you could run out of filters or have filters that were not variable, all of your processing needs are taken care of by the new So your system can now sound like it was meant to out of the box.
You can now, in real time, fully integrate your entire system. No more multiple programs running on your laptop e. The works best when connected to a tablet-style PC for its ability to manipulate functions via touch screen. Ringing out a room can now be done with just a stroke or two of the pen. One of my later complaints about the was it was very hard to get in and around the unit without having the remote.
On the you can access everything from the front panel and nothing is more than a one or two button push. I mentioned earlier about the labeling of all your ins and outs per program. This is a great time saver especially for a company like ours that has upwards of 40 different programs for all combinations of speakers and applications.
For the old we had a full sheet charted out per program of the input and corresponding output that you would have to reference every time you used it.
Now it is all on the front panel display in full color. Now, it is great to talk about the control and functional ease of the ; but how does it sound? Well, in one word great. If you have used any product from the DriveRack family you will be doubly impressed by the We never achieve perfection, but we always seem to get closer, and I think dbx has its greatest shot at it yet with the They have beat all the shortcomings from its predecessor and forged ahead with future thought, to not only how this unit will be used today, but also next year and years after.
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Update your browser to view this website correctly. Update my browser now. As most manufacturers tend to update their products from year to year, has dbx actually improved on their product or just put it in a prettier box? Can the turn heads and budgets like its predecessor? More than just an upgrade and totally new and much better product!
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