Soundcraft PSU's troublesome?
Posted 26 June 2005 - 10:25 AM
I look after sound for a church and we have recently bought a Soundcraft Spirit Desk second hand. It came with 2 PSU's one supected faulty which had been returned from repair as "No fault found". This PSU after working well for 6 weeks or so has suddenly started to lose its 17v line (which results in a mind bogglingly loud noise like a plane is crashing through the place!). the other PSU seems to intermittantly cause crackle and fizz.
My questions are:-
Are these units generally troublesome
Are they costly to repair
Would it be a good idea to purchase a new one and get the others repaired for spares
any help greatly appreciated.
Also we have a Hill 12-4-2 desk and psu to get rid of and would gladly donate to another church
Posted 27 June 2005 - 12:08 AM
I've also had trouble with the power on soundcraft folio desks, though the problem wasn't the PSU but the very poorly designed connector.
So, troublesome - occasionally
costly - not sure
new one - probably, they're not overly expensive as far as I know, and then you'll have a spare which is always handy. Cheaper than a whole new desk, anyways.
Posted 28 June 2005 - 12:11 PM
The second time it was repaired, and the engineer said that the PSU was not man enough for the job and was overheating. He put an extra fan and vent on it, but the hum was still there.
In the end we bough a second hand TAC power supply for it, and it seems to be okay - saying that we have never used the desk since for a gig - it just sits in the flightcase - so I should say that it IS FOR SALE - shame really because for a budget desk - the quality was not bad, and the facilities are pretty good.
Posted 28 June 2005 - 10:21 PM
My local hire company send out spare PSUs with the spirt desks on every hire. The connectors they use feel fairly poor quality, almost as bad as the one on my brand new phone, which already requires the addition of LX tape to work. [/mini-rant]
Posted 30 June 2005 - 09:27 AM
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Posted 30 June 2005 - 05:49 PM
The Spirit Folio connecters are particularly bad, best replaced with a decent connector (I think Orbital have changed all their's to XLRs).
Posted 03 July 2005 - 06:21 AM