Portland, Maine (November 22, 2016)—Distributed in the US by Independent Audio, the DACS Test Lab was conceived in the field by DACS installation engineers and developed by their design team to provide tests needed during installation and live sound projects. The result is a comprehensive and intuitive portable test unit operated by battery or AC power.
Tests include signal path integrity using the internal signal generator, 10 segment LED meters and built in loudspeaker; check speakers using the same generator (70Hz, 1kHz, 4k5Hz, cycle through these or pink noise); correct wiring of cables (local and remote) by cycling through pins to reveal open, shorted or reversed connections (in 2 seconds); indication of the presence and voltage of the AC supply; and provided illumination for soldering or checking connectors and a flashlight.
Test Lab is housed in a rugged steel case with a non-slip base. The majority of its controls and connectors are on the upper surface. The center of this surface is dominated by two 10 segment LED bar graph meters displaying audio output and input levels on the two banks of connectors flanking the LEDs. Above the meters, a row of three LEDs indicated if the unit is running off the internal battery, 110V or 240V AC. At the lower end of the columns, a rotary control adjusts the output level from the signal generator; below that are two columns of three LEDs used for the cable testing mode. Below these is the rotary 'Mode' switch.
On the left, the first output connector choices are a pair of terminals with sockets for 4mm plugs or bare wires, and a Neutrik NL4MD Speakon connection. Both these are fed by a power amplifier capable of driving four ohm loudspeakers. Further output connectors are an isolated RCA (phono) socket, a three-pin, male XLR and a 3-pole, 6.35mm jack socket. Input choices on the right are Speakon, isolated RCA (phono) socket, and a three-pin, female XLR combined with a 3-pole, 6.35mm jack socket.
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