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20th October 2002, 06:55 PM
would i lose quality using a crunch box on an mx12 and would it be more complex?how much are crunch boxes?
20th October 2002, 07:20 PM
a crunch box? u are not talking about an audio distortion efx, r u?:D
20th October 2002, 07:43 PM
No quality loss. Crunch boxes are just simple switches. I bought one of those $20crunch boxes (http://www.cs.pdx.edu/~mj/crunchbox.JPG) from radio shack. I then mounted it on my MX12 with velcro. It is only good if you use a crunch box on Video 1, because the MX12 uses Video2 for sync. These are not complex units (1 button for each different input). THe only added complexity is that you should mix out the crunch box channel before switching, or else you will get a momentary loss of video sync
21st October 2002, 05:39 AM
I lose a little image quality with mine (an old Archer) and switching is very noisy. Plus it's RCA only and I rather keep things in S-video. I only use one on the rare occations I need many scources and I keep the least used equipment on it. They are pretty cheap though. If you like glichly lo-fi video you can get some interesting effects by double punching two sources.
21st October 2002, 07:16 AM
I have one of these little monkeys:
And find it to be sturdier than the radioshack ones, upon repeat useage. Of course, they tend to be about 10 bucks more.
Also, check out the little section for console games. I found a nice little three-input selector, but I imagine they might be getting into some s-video ones these days. All the stuff for console gaming is generally cheap, because it is selling to such a mass market.
8th November 2002, 06:42 AM
yup--i picked up a little 4-input switch box (for video game use) at walmart for $20. it's got s-video/RCA/stereo I/O + an RF adapter for your oldschool TVs. look around in their video game accesories section & you might only pay half the price of the "home theater" equivalent selector.
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