However, for the last six months, we've been battling some "issues" with our monitoring system. Patch bay connections are going flaky. Personal monitor amps wig out. One side of the headphones doesn't work. Safety compressors are overheating and causing distortion.
What I've realized is that our system is pretty complex. Here's the signal chain:
Mixer >> Patch Bay >> Safety Limiter >> Back Room Split >> Wall Panel >> Heaphone Snake >> Headphone Line >> Personal Monitor Amp (with wall wart power supply) >> Headphone Extension >> Headphones >> Musicians EarsNow, while that isn't that complex as monitor systems go, it does have a ton of connections and other error-prone components.
As a result of the ongoing problems and the seeming overcomplexity, I've been exploring other options. To be honest, I'm not real thrilled with what I see.
Here are the three options I've seen so far:
Option 1: Live for the Present. Keep what we have, but do a real thorough double check of all the wiring and replace all the old personal monitor amps with newer and more reliable versions. Plus: our volunteers know how to run and set this up. Minus: replacing the headphone amps will cost about $4200.
Option 2: Go old school. Replace the personal monitor amps with two multi-channel headphone amplifiers and rewire the whole getup with lower-guage cable. Plus: the money required is less than $1200. Minus: Rewiring the whole getup.
Option 3: Launch into the future. Replace everything with Aviom. Plus: we will actually be entering this millenium. Minus: We'd eliminate about 14 volunteer slots and need to retrain another 14.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Experience from which we could benefit?