There's no shortage of those, without having to spend a fortune: https://www.google.com/search?q=vu-...XvyYUKHcldCg8Q_AUoAXoECCEQAw&biw=1392&bih=797I would spend a reasonably dumb amount of money to have VU meters on my desk.
Pretty much like this: https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...nd-xm44-analog-active-crossover-review.12026/@amirm Any interest in testing SPL's "Crossover"? If so, what does that process look like?
I was very interested in the Bryston crossover for a while as well for similar reasons, but opted for something different in the end (buying active speakers and subs with DSP built in).This review was part of the reason I went for the SPL; it seems most analog X/Os are, frankly, quite bad (I tried a couple cheaper options and the subjective performance was bad - i.e. audible noise).
If the SPL lives up to its published specs, you might be able to argue it is worth the $, as I don't think there's another solution with that kind of dynamic range (granted you don't get time alignment, etc., so it is still a question of priorities), but if it only has ~110 dB of dynamic range (like the Phonitor X does when used as a preamp, per this review), then I can't see buying it over, say, MiniDSP's SHD solution (~110 dB), which has a host of addtl. features at a fraction of the cost.
I mostly agree, with a few exceptions including RME, Apollo, Genelec and a handful of others.I think if we dug into the pro world properly, we would see how little demanding Pro's actually are from manufacturers in terms of performance. I think all they care about is passable performance, and someone always picking up the phone when they call for potential warranty claims (or devices simply that keep reliability high enough to not need warranty work ever really).
I dont for a moment believe any of these companies that havent been tested, actually perform as well as their presence in Pro industries would have one believe.
Hi Amir i have two questions.
1. Why do you say its a balanced headphone amp? Isn't it unbalanced?
2. Which gain settings did you use for this test?