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Old June 22nd, 2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm going to start projecting video at wedding receptions and looking to buy some gear. Among the list is a direct box to allow me to convert unbalanced RCA to balanced XLR to make 50' runs to DJ mixers. I found a unit from ProCo called the iFace
Description: Stereo mini (1/8 in.) input jack and individual RCA left and right input jacks. Transformer-isolated XLR male outputs. Stereo/mono switch.

It doesn't appear to be externally powered so it probably doesn't offer a ground lift. Do you think that will be a problem? The source is a consumer DVD player with stereo RCA output. I guess another idea is to use a Y cable and then send to the DJ using a ProCo AV1 single channel direct box. I'm fairly knowledgeable with audio equipment but have virtually no experience in this area. Any thoughts? Thank you in advance!
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 06:25 AM   #2
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Have a look at the Matchbox by Henry Engineering.

Good Luck with your project!
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Old June 24th, 2007, 12:46 PM   #3
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Hi Brad,

The ProCo device you are looking is good, but a ground lift is a very desirable option when dealing with audio system components that may be operating at different ground potentials or ground sources. But a device does not have to be active in order to have a ground lift switch.

You might want to look at, or for the type of box that you are looking for. The Radial box is a great box using very high quality transformers in a bullet proof chassis. I believe they retail for about $200.00 US. The Cable Factory DI-PRO-PC is a multi-media box that I have used often and offers ground lifts. Lundahl transformers, which are very high quality are used in all Cable Factory boxes.

A good isolation/direct box is worth it's cost as it can save you much grief when attempting to interface consumer level audio signal with pro gear.

Hope it helps.

Good luck.

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Old June 26th, 2007, 09:27 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the suggestions. I decided to go with the ProCo AV1 to take DVD audio from RCA and drop it to balanced mic level to travel to the DJ booth. On the receiving end, I also purchased an ART CleanBOX 2-Way Stereo Converter to bring it back to unbalanced RCA line level. Both have ground lifts so I can isloate the transformer from causing any hum. I figure most DJ mixers will have more RCA inputs than mic inputs. Does that sound like a good plan? Thanks again.
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