Just because you're on the move with a portable rig or working in a project studio doesn't mean you should sacrifice a single thing when it comes to monitoring.
If anything, these are environments where you need the most accurate monitoring possible, so that absolutely nothing is left to guesswork! The SOURCE from Dangerous Music is a compact and affordable solution to all your monitoring needs with a no-compromise Chris Muth design strategy that's made Dangerous monitoring products the worldwide standard among top professionals. Throw it in your backpack or use the rackmount kit for permanent installs, the SOURCE is ready for any job.
Hear Everything, No Matter Where You Are
You can't mix what you can't hear! With the advent of "prosumer" gear, the monitoring path is typically sacrificed to meet a price-point, allowing what should be true craftsmanship to become guesswork. But true craftsmanship lies in the details - everything from the placement of a mic to an EQ setting to coaching a vocalist requires that you can hear all the nuances perfectly. To deliver that quality of monitoring, the SOURCE incorporates audiophile-grade components in an unconditionally transparent design that reveals every last detail, letting you hear absolutely everything the first time.
Effortlessly Route All of Your Signals
As the centerpiece to your studio, the SOURCE is equipped with a balanced stereo professional level analog input on XLR/TRS jacks and an 1/8" stereo commercial level input for iPhones, laptops and other devices. Digital inputs include both USB (for Windows and Mac) and AES/SPDIF up to 192khz, and the AES/SPDIF has a very useful thru-port, allowing you to capture or monitor that signal outside the SOURCE any way you see fit. The Selected Line output provides an analog mirror of whatever you're monitoring in the control room, bypassing the main volume control. Use the Selected Line output to feed an external meter, recording device, club PA system or even for creative re-amping setups. The two onboard reference-grade D/A converters deliver every last detail of your music, while the robust, crystal clear headphone amplifier and two speaker outputs round out the SOURCE's incredibly versatile signal paths.
Toggle & Latch For Ultimate Flexibility
Any input and speaker outputs can be used individually or simultaneously for all sorts of studio solutions. By switching the input and output sections between "toggle" mode (one at a time) and "latch" mode (simultaneously activated), you can layer sounds and double-up the inputs in creative and very useful ways. For example, set the speaker switches to "latch" and use the second speaker output as a switchable subwoofer out - or perhaps to provide simultaneous live-room monitoring, or to just blast both sets of speakers at once! Set the input switches to "latch" and you can jam along with your portable devices, or otherwise creatively layer multiple input sources. Return to "toggle" mode and easily let the singer hear their own personal headphone mix from an analog input while you engineer the real mix from the USB. Whatever's needed, wherever you are, the SOURCE will deliver!
Monitor Right and Never Guess Again
It would be hard to overstate the number of recordings that have arrived at the mastering stage with all kinds of noises, flaws and other unintentional problems because the monitoring chain was inadequate. Get the most accurate monitoring available with the SOURCE, and you'll hear everything, eliminate the guesswork, and get it right the first time - all in a portable, rugged unit equally at home in your studio or your backpack!
Portable or rack-mounted (kit optional).
2 speaker outputs - can be engaged simultaneously.
Headphones and speaker outs can monitor single or multiple sources.
2 analog inputs: 1/8" Mini Stereo & XLR/TRS combo jack.
2 onboard stereo 24-bit/192kHz D/A converters.
2 digital inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB.
AES/SPDIF thru-port for additional uses outside The SOURCE.
Analog inputs for both professional and commercial analog signals.
Selected Line Output allows for more elaborate routing of the main monitor signal.
Input 1 to Selected Line Out and Speakers:
Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz
THD+N: < 0.0025% @+4dBu
IMD (SMPTE): < 0.0025% @ +4dBu
Crosstalk rejection: >108dB
Noise: < -93 dB, unweighted
NOTE: Speaker outs can run at -6dB (factory setting) or unity gain (remove jumpers 3 and 4)
Maximum input level: > +26 dBu
Input 2 to selected line out and Speakers:
Frequency Response : +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz
THD+N: < 0.0025% @ +4dBu
IMD (SMPTE): < 0.0026% @ +4dBu
Crosstalk rejection: > -98dB
Noise: < -90 dB, unweighted
NOTE: Input 2 can run at -10dBV or -16dBV (by setting JP1 and JP2. Remove for -10dBV)
Default factory setting is -16dBV to accommodate 1/8" headphone outputs of iPhones and cell phones
Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10Hz to >50kHz
The meter and speakers outputs are fully balanced and 600 ohm drive capable to >+26dBu.
Volume knobs track better than +- 0.5dB from unity to -40dB.
The headphone amp can easily drive several sets of cans.
Maximum output level: > +26 dBu
Shipping weight (in carton): 7 lbs.
Dimensions: 12 3/4" Wide x 8" Deep x 1 5/8" High
The AES inputs lock from 32kHz to 192kHz sample rates with the following: <0.004% THD+N
-0.2dB at 10 Hz and 22kHz (48kHz sample rate)
-0.2dB at 10Hz and 34kHz (higher rates)
Crosstalk Rejection: >103dB
Power Supply: 12 volt, 2 Amp (Part number PSU-SRC)
Optional Rack Kit: SRC (Source Rack Kit)
Mac: Requires Mac OS 10.6 or higher for driverless plug and play
PC: Requires a driver for Windows operating systems (available in downloads section)
The Source is a nicely designed, portable device. It's advertised as a monitor controller, but of course is more than that. Its headphone amp and D/A converters are praised by many musicians, as well as audiophiles. It's very easy to set up. I use it on Windows 7, and didn't really have a problem downloading and installing the driver (XMOS), from the Dangerous Music website. It is even easier to set up on Mac, since you don't need drivers at all (plug and play). The drivers are very reliable. You can play music through it all day, without a single dropout. I would gladly use this if I was a DJ.
I must confess, I had high expectations, regarding the sound. Especially after all the reviews and forums posts I read (Gearslutz, Head-Fi), before deciding to go ahead with the purchase. The truth is that I cannot tell the difference between this and a Komplete Audio 6 interface. Supposedly, it has a really nice headphone amp that can drive even 600ohm headphones, but my AKG k702 (62ohm) sounds the same on this, as it does on KA6, and KA6 is USB powered. I can't hear a difference through the monitors either. Even though the Source uses really nice D/A convertors, mastering quality, as Dangerous claims.
I'm obviously not deaf. The difference in quality is clear when I play music through my laptop's sound card and then switch to the Source or KA6, but people have compared the Source with converters that cost 2 or 3 times as much, and have described its sound as shockingly surprising. I wasn't surprised at all, and I spent quite some time switching between Source and KA6, to determine if there's any audible difference in sound.
About the quality (material wise and built quality), the Source is very nice. I love how smooth and responsive the volume knobs are. It's made in US, and the way it is built, I don't think it will ever fall apart on you. You can tell it is made to be carried around. When I compare it with my KA6 however, which is made in China, KA6 is of higher quality and much more appealing to the eyes.