Comparing Radial 500 series power racks

Radial now offers five different 500 series power racks, each of which is designed to address various needs based on the type of studio environment or performance venue in which it is being used.

  Workhorse Powerstrip The Cube
Number of slots: 8 8 10 3 3
Format: 19” rack 19” rack 19" rack 19” rack Desktop
Spaces: 3 RU 3 RU 3 RU 1 RU -
Input power from supply: 1600 mA 1600 mA *** 500 mA 500 mA
Total available power 1200 mA 1600 mA *** 500 mA 500 mA
Average power per slot 150 mA 150 mA *** 160 mA 160 mA
Minimum required 130 mA 130 mA *** 130 mA 130 mA
Special feature Built-in 8 channel mixer & headphone amp Upgradable with after-market mixer kit Lots of slots for those that love 500 series! Compact channel strip for traveling Compact channel strip for traveling

The Workhorse

Is an 500 series power rack with a built-in 8-channel mixer. This is primarily designed for those that like to combine various modules together to create new sounds. The mixer also enables the engineer to sum channels in the analogue domain and take advantage of the Jensen transformer coupled signal path.

The WH-8

This is the same as the Workhorse without the mixer section. It too has 8 slots. It enables the studio to enter into the 500 series world at a lower price point while opening the door to upgrade by adding the 8 channel mixer in the future.

Powerhouse

500 Series 10 slot rack coming soon.

The PowerStrip

This single space (1 RU) 19" rack lets you combine up to three modules and create the channel strip of your dreams! Combine a Radial PowerTube preamp with a Q3 coil EQ and Komit compressor to deliver exceptional audio. The handy 1RU format makes it great for live touring!

The Cube

Is a 3 card slot desktop power rack that can either sit on the table top, be embedded into the surface and even angle-mounted. It also comes with a carry handle that makes it easy to move around the studio so that it can be brought close to the source to maximise signal to noise.

Comparing Radial 500 series power racks to others

The Workhorse and all Radial 500 series modules have been carefully designed to meet the original API specification. We have also tested our modules for compatibility with other racks such as those made by Purple Audio. Finally, we have tested various modules from several other manufacturers to ensure cross-platform compatibility. This does not in any way guarantee that all brands will work with Radial products, but we are confident that the vast majority will. Simply consult your dealer to verify.

The following compares some of the power racks currently available on the market. To simplify, we have grouped them into small and large formats. Note that since the Workhorse is the only rack that is available with a built-in mixer, it has been omitted from this comparison.

Small format Radial Cube API 500 6B BAE 6 space Radial Powerstrip A-Design HR
Number of slots 3 6 6 3 2
Format Desktop Desktop Desktop Rackmount Rackmount
Carry handle Yes Yes Yes - -
Average power per slot 200 mA 215 mA n/a 200 mA 140 mA
International power Yes Yes n/a Yes Yes
Connectors i/o XLR, ¼" TRS XLR, D-Sub XLR XLR, ¼" TRS XLR
Cross patch capable Yes No No Yes No
Module feed function Yes No No Yes No
Omniport: Yes No No Yes No
Special features: Surface & angle mounting options


Large format
WH-8
Coming Soon
WH-10
Coming Soon
API 500V Purple BAE
Number of slots 8 10 10 10 11
Format Rackmount Rackmount Rackmount Rackmount Rackmount
Average power per slot 200 mA 215mA 130mA 150 mA n/a
International power Yes Yes n/a Yes n/a
Connectors i/o XLR, ¼" TRS XLR, D-Sub XLR XLR, ¼" TRS XLR
Cross patch capable Yes No No Yes No
Module feed function Yes No No No No
Omniport Yes No No No No