Source

The Professional Portable Monitor Control.

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Sacrifice Nothing, Stay Portable

Just because you’re on the move with a portable rig or working in a project studio doesn’t mean you should sacrifice a single thing when it comes to monitoring. If anything, these are environments where you need the most accurate monitoring possible, so that absolutely nothing is left to guesswork! The SOURCE from Dangerous Music is a compact and affordable solution to all your monitoring needs with a no-compromise Chris Muth design strategy that’s made Dangerous monitoring products the worldwide standard among top professionals. Throw it in your backpack or use the rackmount kit for permanent installs, the SOURCE is ready for any job.

Hear Everything, No Matter Where You Are

You can’t mix what you can’t hear! With the advent of “prosumer” gear, the monitoring path is typically sacrificed to meet a price-point, allowing what should be true craftsmanship to become guesswork. But true craftsmanship lies in the details – everything from the placement of a mic to an EQ setting to coaching a vocalist requires that you can hear all the nuances perfectly. To deliver that quality of monitoring, the SOURCE incorporates audiophile-grade components in an unconditionally transparent design that reveals every last detail, letting you hear absolutely everything the first time.

Effortlessly Route All of Your Signals

As the centerpiece to your studio, the SOURCE is equipped with a balanced stereo professional level analog input on XLR/TRS jacks and an 1/8” stereo commercial level input for iPhones, laptops and other devices. Digital inputs include both USB (for Windows and Mac) and AES/SPDIF up to 192khz, and the AES/SPDIF has a very useful thru-port, allowing you to capture or monitor that signal outside the SOURCE any way you see fit. The Selected Line output provides an analog mirror of whatever you’re monitoring in the control room, bypassing the main volume control. Use the Selected Line output to feed an external meter, recording device, club PA system or even for creative re-amping setups. The two onboard reference-grade D/A converters deliver every last detail of your music, while the robust, crystal clear headphone amplifier and two speaker outputs round out the SOURCE’s incredibly versatile signal paths.

Toggle & Latch For Ultimate Flexibility

Any input and speaker outputs can be used individually or simultaneously for all sorts of studio solutions. By switching the input and output sections between “toggle” mode (one at a time) and “latch” mode (simultaneously activated), you can layer sounds and double-up the inputs in creative and very useful ways. For example, set the speaker switches to “latch” and use the second speaker output as a switchable subwoofer out – or perhaps to provide simultaneous live-room monitoring, or to just blast both sets of speakers at once! Set the input switches to “latch” and you can jam along with your portable devices, or otherwise creatively layer multiple input sources. Return to “toggle” mode and easily let the singer hear their own personal headphone mix from an analog input while you engineer the real mix from the USB. Whatever’s needed, wherever you are, the SOURCE will deliver!

Monitor Right and Never Guess Again

It would be hard to overstate the number of recordings that have arrived at the mastering stage with all kinds of noises, flaws and other unintentional problems because the monitoring chain was inadequate. Get the most accurate monitoring available with the SOURCE, and you’ll hear everything, eliminate the guesswork, and get it right the first time – all in a portable, rugged unit equally at home in your studio or your backpack!

Awards for SOURCE

  • TEC Award (winner)
  • Mix Magazine Certified Hit
  • AES Best of Show

Features

  • Portable or rack-mounted (kit optional).
  • 2 speaker outputs – can be engaged simultaneously.
  • Headphones and speaker outs can monitor single or multiple sources.
  • 2 analog inputs: 1/8″ Mini Stereo & XLR/TRS combo jack.
  • 2 onboard stereo 24-bit/192kHz D/A converters.
  • 2 digital inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB.
  • AES/SPDIF thru-port for additional uses outside The SOURCE.
  • Analog inputs for both professional and commercial analog signals.
  • Selected Line Output allows for more elaborate routing of the main monitor signal.

Input 1 to Selected Line Out and Speakers:

Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz

THD+N: < 0.0025%  @+4dBu

IMD  (SMPTE):  < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu

Crosstalk rejection:  >108dB

Noise: < -93 dB, unweighted

NOTE: Speaker outs can run at -6dB (factory setting) or unity gain (remove jumpers 3 and 4)

Maximum input level: > +26 dBu

 

Input 2 to selected line out and Speakers:

Frequency Response : +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz

THD+N: < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu

IMD  (SMPTE): < 0.0026%  @ +4dBu

Crosstalk rejection: > -98dB

Noise: < -90 dB, unweighted

NOTE: Input 2 can run at -10dBV or -16dBV (by setting JP1 and JP2. Remove for -10dBV)

Default factory setting is -16dBV to accommodate 1/8” headphone outputs of iPhones and cell phones

Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10Hz to >50kHz

 

Outputs:

The meter and speakers outputs are fully balanced and 600 ohm drive capable to >+26dBu.

Volume knobs track better than +- 0.5dB from unity to -40dB.

The headphone amp can easily drive several sets of cans.

Maximum output level: > +26 dBu

Shipping weight (in carton): 7 lbs.

Dimensions: 12 3/4″ Wide x 8″ Deep x 1 5/8″ High

Digital inputs:

The AES inputs lock from 32kHz to 192kHz sample rates with the following: <0.004% THD+N

-0.2dB at 10 Hz and 22kHz (48kHz sample rate)

-0.2dB at 10Hz and 34kHz (higher rates)

Crosstalk Rejection: >103dB

Power Supply: 12 volt, 2 Amp (Part number PSU-SRC)

Optional Rack Kit: SRC (Source Rack Kit), $49.99

 

USB Compatibility:

Mac: Requires Mac OS 10.6 or higher for driverless plug and play

PC: Requires a driver for Windows operating systems (available in downloads section)

Warranty: Free 2 year extended warranty with online registration.

Standard warranty: 90 days parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians.

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Testimonials

  • Steve Torres

    Mix Engineer/Producer

    “I’ve been absolutely spoiled by the DAC and especially the headphone amplifier…”

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    Mike Metlay

    Recording Magazine

    “[The Source] delivered flawless audio quality to some half-dozen sets of monitors and countless sets of headphones.”

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    Thom Monahan

    TapeOp Magazine

    “One of these Dangerous DACs is worth the price of admission alone, and having two is almost ridiculous.”

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    Ilia Kobrinsky

    Producer/Engineer

    “The clarity from the conversion and the low end just floored me. I don’t think I’d want to mix anything without monitoring through the DAC and signal path of this box.”

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    Lucas Keller

    Producer

    The Dangerous Source is amazing. It۪s important for us [to] hear the music as clearly and accurately as possible. For our work with Sol Republic headphones it۪s all about audio, with very, very picky DJs, who are very choosy about which headphones they۪ll use or not use.”

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    Alan Evans

    Producer, Musician, Engineer

    “The low end is tight and punchy. The mids and highs are extremely detailed and musical. The stereo separation is incredible. I find myself using less EQ in mixes using the Dangerous Source”

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    Ilia Kobrinsky

    Producer/Engineer

    “This has been the single most worthwhile piece of gear I ever bought.”

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    Aaron Symonds

    Film Composer

    “My jaw dropped! Night and day! I’m hearing things I never knew existed! Increased depth of field and stereo horizon! Just…wow!”

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    Thom Monahan

    TapeOp Magazine

    “If you’re running around tracking on the fly, or you’re a touring DJ or electronic artist, this unit would be indispensable.”

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    Trent Thompson

    Producer/Engineer

    “The midrange is articulate and well defined, and the overall imaging is just massive.”

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    Thom Monahan

    TapeOp Magazine

    “If you’re running around tracking on the fly, or you’re a touring DJ or electronic artist, this unit would be indispensable.”

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    Mike Metlay

    Recording Magazine

    “As you۪d want in a router, the Source has no ‘sound’ of its own; it۪s clear and unobtrusive, effectively noiseless, and gives you every bit of the audio it۪s fed, whether good or bad.”

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    Thom Monahan

    TapeOp Magazine

    “I really think this is a great box for just about any setup that needs a reliable, high-quality monitoring router.”

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    Joe Mullen

    Musician, Engineer, Writer (Professional Sound)

    “From the second I listened to the mix through the Source, it was as if, after staring at a painting for hours on-end, all of the sudden I could nally see what it was all about.”

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    Ray Mchard

    Producer/Engineer

    “I bought a Dangerous 2-Bus LT and Source, and now I am the happiest man in Glasgow! Amazing equipment!”

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    Hugh Robjohns

    Sound On Sound

    “[The Source] is an extremely high-quality and surprisingly flexible monitoring device that’s very compact and cost-effective.”

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    Doug Doppler

    M Magazine

    “The Source excels at delivering pristine audio. Two independent D/A convertors and just about every routing format and connectivity option you could imagine allows one to hear music as never before.”

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    Alan Evans

    Producer, Musician, Engineer

    “…this thing sounds so good, I want to go back and re-mix years of music”

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    Alan Evans

    Producer, Musician, Engineer

    “With the Source as my D-to-A, I۪m hearing my mixes EXACTLY the way they came off the console, and because of the variety of inputs and routing possibilities I can monitor before or after my recording A-to-D converter.”

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    Joseph Fraioli

    Sound Designer

    “From the second I plugged it in I could tell it was very pristine and transparent. The low frequencies feel tighter and less intermingled with the other frequencies. The mids feel really lively in a good way, and the highs are clear and present.”

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    Hugh Robjohns

    Sound On Sound

    “The Source is, quite simply, superb. It easily matched the resolution, transparency and detail of my reference monitor controllers.”

  • Dominique Roland

    Pilot

    I was certainly not expecting such a result! I am extremely satisfied, this system can certainly challenge many hifi products much more expensive!
    The sound is very neutral, sounding like a NOS DAC, but still very detailed and dynamic.

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    Thom Monahan

    TapeOp Magazine

    “The Source’s fidelity is open and uncolored but seriously musical. I loved listening to music through the Source and just found myself wanting to crank it all the time. It has massive headroom and sounded great.”

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    Joseph Fraioli

    Sound Designer

    “I am really impressed by the source. In fact, if you were to ask me how much this unit costs without knowing, after using it i would say at least double what it lists for.”

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    Ron Kopald

    Musician/Engineer

    “I am hearing more detail than I’ve heard before. Seriously, my monitors sound different!”

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    Mike Metlay

    Recording Magazine

    “Dangerous has a reputation for gear that۪s solidly built and sounds amazing; that sums up the Source in a nutshell.”

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    Mike Metlay

    Recording Magazine

    “This little router is reference and headphone monitoring with a vengeance.”

  • Steven Ross

    Producer/Musician

    “[The Source] has been a game-changer!”

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    Trent Thompson

    Producer/Engineer

    “The high end in this box is so incredibly open and detailed. It was like taking a blanket off of my [monitors] which I truly was not expecting. “

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    Hugh Robjohns

    Sound On Sound

    “Effortlessly transparent and accurate, yet still musical and enthralling: all the characteristics that define top-flight analogue circuitry.”

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