SD8 and SD16

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SD8 and SD16

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Am I the only one that thinks putting the AES and power sockets on the sides instead of the back was a stupid idea? once they are racked its a nightmare to get to them to plug and unplug cables, and to be able to see the switch for output allocation, never mind knowing if your in AES A or AES B? Even using it on is own without a rack means cable management on stage becomes crazy as well, as you need cables coming into it from both side for power and then AES.

Just my 2 cents on them
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They are obviously not meant to be mounted in racks, unlike their rackable equivalents (S16 for example), but rather are to be used as plug and sit on the ground boxes, directed at small venues.

just my $.02
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I agree with @pmaillot. I have two SD8 and an SD16 that I use all the time (when using X32 Rack or Wing) and love them. They either sit with the jack face at the top or in a couple of 3D printed feet that rotates them so that the jack face is 30 degrees from the stage floor. Having the jacks at the back of the box would not work for me. Regarding the cable management issue, I'm really fussy about avoiding the cable spaghetti and I don't find that an issue with these stageboxes. (my 2 nickels).
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Lol...
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MJKlein wrote: Tue Apr 12, 2022 2:03 pm
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pvannatto wrote: Tue Apr 12, 2022 11:23 am(my 2 nickels)
Canadian exchange rate?
Yup and we no longer have any cents (and our govt doesn't have any sense either).
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My mate ordered in the SD16 a few weeks ago for his X32 as a stage box, and went for the SD16 rather than S16 on my advice, so he had the extra benefit of the 1/4"XLR combis rather than having to issue DI boxes to every gig, as we both racked it up then went to plug in the Cat 5 and power, we both said at the same time that it was a stupid idea for it to be on the side as once its racked, its a nightmare to feel that the cable is going into the correct AES. The other issue we hit was we didnt want outputs on 1to 8 but 9 to 16 so once again a nightmare to see it. ive got an sd8 on its way just to give me more ip and op on the wing for smaller gigs to save dragging the stage box racks with me. Im going to rack the SD8 as its primary function will also be for a couple of wireless in ear monitors, and a couple of radio mics, which will all live in the one rack with it. ive ordered up some panel mount Ethercons with pass through, and a couple of short patching cable (all shielded of course) and im going to drill the 19" plates that come with the unit to fit them so I have AES A and B available out front. I have also purchased some IEC bulkheads and will hardwire it to a hidden distribution extension in the rack to feed the power to everything. Pictures when it all arrives and I get it built to follow :) I may drill the ether cons and IEC into the rack case wood instead and leave the front metal panels intact. will decide once I get it all delivered.
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