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Can I use the Radial OX8 to split line level signals?

You can use the Radial OX8 to accept line level signals by depressing the -35dB input PAD. The output will however be mic level as this is the norm with mic splitters. If you want to split line levels, the LX8™ may be a better choice.

Can I use several OX8 splitters together instead of buying a snake system like the Radial V12™?

Yes. There does however come a point where the convenience of a full sized concert snake probably makes more sense. This really is a matter of choice and convenience. Ask the Radial custom shop for a quote if you need a larger format splitter.

What is the difference between the various Eclipse and Jensen transformer options?

Eclipse offers a wider range of transformers in order to meet several price and performance points. The Eclipse MS10 is our most popular mic splitter transformer. It provides exceptional performance from 20Hz to 20kHz while the Jensen has an extended frequency response from 10Hz to 40kHz.

Why did Radial use D-Sub connectors on the OX8?

Back in the 90s, Tascam began using D-Subs on their DA88 digital recorders and they quickly became one of the most popular connectors for digital recording formats on the planet. Since they are very high density, you can really pack in a lot of channels in a small place. This makes them a good choice for the OX8.

Can I order a Radial OX8 with two isolated outputs?

No. To get two isolated outputs, you would need to assemble eight JS3™s and mount them into a J-Rak™. This would give you eight channels and sixteen isolated outs in two rack spaces.

How does the Radial OX8 compare to the Radial LX8?

The OX8 is designed for mic signals (-40dB typical) while the LX8 is designed for line levels (+4dB typical). These employ different types of transformers to handle the different levels.

Does the OX8 need power to make it work?

No. The OX8 is completely passive. Simply plug in and play.

What is the difference between Radial mic splitters and others?

Top professionals specify Radial because they depend on a product that is durable and will not fail. Radial uses the very best components to ensure fail-safe use. Others can save you money by being cheaper, but will likely not deliver the same level of quality or performance. Check the specs. If they are not complete, then you will likely end up being surprised.

Can I have an XLR panel made to go along with some OX8s?

Yes. Contact the Radial Custom Shop and they can put a quote together for you.

What is the difference between an active splitter and a passive one?

An active splitter is a multi-channel preamplifier or buffer that electronically amplifies the signal while a passive splitter does not amplify the signal at all; it uses special transformers to do the task. Most pros prefer a passive splitter as it taps the signal directly from the mic allowing each mix position to set the gain stage most appropriate to the individual's need.

Will phantom power hurt the OX8?

No. The OX8 is designed to work with phantom power by allowing it to flow through the OX8's direct output back to the microphone inputs. The isolated outputs will simply block phantom power if present.

Why can't I simply split a signal without a transformer?

You can. But you will be subject to noise caused by stray DC voltage. Transformer isolation really helps to eliminate hum and buzz which can turn a great performance into an unusable recording.