DX168 VS GX4816

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  • #104212
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    DaveH
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    Hello!

    I currently have an SQ6, along with two DX168 stage boxes.

    I am considering upgrading to the Avantis, but was curious on if it would be beneficial to upgrade to the GX4816, or if I should continue to use my two DX168 boxes?

    Is there an audible difference between the DX168 and GX4816? That would be the only reason I would upgrade boxes.

    I understand that the GX4816 would allow an additional 16 input channels, but that isn’t really needed for my situation, as most of the local events and bands I provide for, require less that 32.

    Now, with that being said, is there even much of an audible difference between the SQ and Avantis?

    Thank you!

    #104215
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    Hi dave,

    One little thing: be aware, that the network connection between 2 DX Stageboxes (in Daisy-Chain mode) will introduce some latency between them. This “can” be a noticeable, e.g. in some stereo Recording scenario, where 2 microphones are placed at exactly the same position like XY, or small AB an connect one of them to DX1 and the other to DX2. Then you can get a slightly move of the localisation, because of the delay time between the two mics.
    Greetings,
    dd

    #104216
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    Hugh
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    IMO there is no sonic improvement in the D-Live pres used in the DX168 expansion box and the actual pres that come with a D-Live. I am not aware of the precise pre amps the GX48 is fitted out with: however “Prime I/Os” are the only pres that offer sonic improvement and it is not very likely they would ever be part of a GX48 package. IMO a DX hub is advisable if more than one DX expansion box is used: there is no published data that I have found indicating latency issues when a DX hub is deployed.
    Hugh

    #104219
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    Is there an audible difference between the DX168 and GX4816?

    No, they sound the same. I use both, and sometimes use them together on the same gig.

    The only real advantage outside of an obvious higher channel count would be the ability to use the ME personal mixers with the GX4816 since it has a port that can run them. That is not possible on the DX168.

    Now, with that being said, is there even much of an audible difference between the SQ and Avantis?

    Again No. I run dLive, Avantis, and SQ and they all sound fantastic. It would be very difficult to hear the difference between them, when run on the same high quality speaker system. There is however a noticeable difference over Qu or GLD, but it’s only a minor difference, as those also sound really good. The 96KHz units have that extra depth to them that is noticeable when compared to the earlier 48KHz consoles.

    I choose to use the SQ5 on a lot of gigs simply because of its small and convenient form-factor.

    #104221
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    Thank you all for the incredible information! Everyone helped me out a ton!

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