This is a stager’s dream. Check this out: CBI has added the “Ultimate SP-64” 64-channel snake system to its existing line of pro grade Star Performer audio snakes. Look at the picture to the right!! The new system compliments CBI’s existing StarPerformer series that features 40-56 channel audio snakes. Available in rack mount or stage boxes, these pro units include a 14-gauge rolled steel box with “hammer-tone” black baked enamel finish inside and out. The “Ultimate SP-64” utilizes CBI 66 pair cable, Neutrik locking XLRs, isolation transformers and ground lift switches. All new M201 Tourline circular disconnects are engineered to withstand a heavy work load as well as being dropped from heights, driven over by vehicles, subjected to rough handling on a regular basis. These connectors are expected to provide continuous reliable performance.
The M201 connector is the “definitive” solution for touring (PA) or outdoor broadcast (OB) environments. Thicker wall section coupling nuts and shells give increased impact resistance. Rolling pins in the coupling nut allow for easier mating and increased mating cycles. M201’s are configured in the same 201 contact positions as many 200/201 systems in use today.
You can read all the details here.
Analog audio snakes continue to get better, getting ready to do battle with the onslaught of new digital systems. Tried and true vs. new and cool. We’ll see.