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Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Cable Tester/Test Tone Generator

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The Whirlwind Qbox is an in-line, 9V battery-operated beltpack audio testing utility device, designed for live sound, studio maintenance, and installation applications.

The Whirlwind Qbox includes a microphone, a speaker, a test tone generator, outputs for standard headphones, a TT bantam jack, a 1/4" jack for a line-in or a 2k Ohm(telephone) earpiece out, along with voltage presence LEDs for confirming phantom or intercom power.

The Whirlwind Qbox is suitable for multiple purposes including hands-free intercom use when connected to another Qbox. It provides a mic- or line-level tone for activating a signal path, or identifying a specific cable in a pile of cable ends, and can also be used to monitor a standard 3-wire intercom feed of talkback from the main audio console.

The SOURCE section of the Qbox lets you send a tone or the signal from the built-in condenser mic at mic or line levels
The SPEAKER volume control lets you confirm incoming signals at mic or line level
Built-in amplifier provides up to 60dB of gain
Attenuator switch selects output level to XLR or 1/4 in. outputs
Tone/Internal Switch selects source to be provided to XLR and 1/4 in. outputs
Volume control adjusts level sent to speaker or headphone output
Stereo Phone Jack allows the use of stereo or mono headphones while disconnecting the internal speaker
Input Connections 1x XLR F
1x TT Bantam
Output Connections 1x XLR - male
1x 1/4" unbalanced
1x 1/4" Stereo Phone Jack
Input Impedance 40 kOhms
Output Impedance 950 or 20 kOhms
Output Level 60dB of gain
THD & Noise Not specified by manufacturer
Power and Battery 9V 100mA Battery Eliminator
Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Cable Tester/Test Tone Generator
  • 3 Year Warranty
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    WhirlwindQBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator
     
    4.6

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (16)
    • Versatile (16)
    • Compact (11)
    • Good power output (4)

    Cons

    • Poor quality construction (4)

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (15)
    • Performances (13)
    • Professional recording (8)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does what it says on the box

    I bought the QBox to replace an original model which had seen 14 years service in Sports TV. Considering the abuse it received I am genuinely amazed it lasted that long. I have no...Read complete review

    I bought the QBox to replace an original model which had seen 14 years service in Sports TV. Considering the abuse it received I am genuinely amazed it lasted that long. I have no idea how any A2 working in TV OBs ("remotes" as you colonials call them) can function without one of Whirlwind's little boxes..............

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A tool everyone needs.

    I use it to test almost everything. Whether used to generate signal or receive it this device is an essential tool for every live audio technician. The only issue with the device is its...Read complete review

    I use it to test almost everything. Whether used to generate signal or receive it this device is an essential tool for every live audio technician. The only issue with the device is its fragile switches that can break off in a backpack or dropped. . Keep it in a case or a work box drawer.

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    5.0

    I love the qbox

    By Doug RF

    from USA and 5 countries in the last 10 years

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

        As an electronic technician for network TV, I love this thing. This is my third having worn out one over 10 years and lost another. My kit will always have one and the quick service of BH saved the day.

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        5.0

        Expensive but so useful

        By Jeff Sound Guy

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Really Useful
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Expensive
        • Plastic housing

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Line Checks
        • Live Sound
        • Performances
        • Troubleshooting

        Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

        If you do live sound reinforcement, you NEED a QBox. I have another tester that's great for testing cables before I run them but if you already have cables ran and something's not working, this is perfect for quickly troubleshooting and finding the problem. Great for identifying the cable you're looking for if you forgot to mark your ends, and quick line checks. Cool too that it can double as a clearcom in a pinch. Tone generator, built-in mic, excellent.

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        5.0

        Must have for any audio professional

        By Huntson

        from Rockville Centre, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Broadcast
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

          A1, A2, A3, A4, etc. Whatever your position, even engineers, you need this. it allows an incredible level of flexibility acting as a source for tone, a microphone, and a speaker. It does quite a bit in terms of assisting you fax out your lines.

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          5.0

          works great

          By northern audio

          from toronto canada

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

            must have for audio tech

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            3.0

            An unfortunate change in an old standby

            By Riley Casey

            from Washington DC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Construction

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

            Very disappointed to discover that the new Qbox headphone jack has been changed from a 1/4" TRS to a mini plug. Mini is for iPhones, not a piece of show test gear where the central function is a headphone amp. Other than this its a great unit but this change by itself is a fatal flow.

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            4.0

            Updated with TT connectivity

            By Fisherstudios

            from Chapel Hill, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

              The industry standard for diagnosing analog audio circuits in the field under harsh conditions.I spend a lot of time in TV trucks and I needed this tool.I used it the very first day after I got it while I was doing a set up in an unfamiliar studio. The addition of the TT patch point (paralleled with the female XLR) was very welcome and provides even more flexibility.

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              5.0

              QBOX THE INDUSTRY STANDARD

              By Joe mc

              from philly

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                If you work any audio job in TV or FOH this is an essential tool. I do not know a single pro that does not own one. It is crucial in trouble shooting all types of audio problems from phantom power to intercom anomalies. I've worked in TV audio on national shows for 26 years and have used this from the moment they became available. There is nothing better.

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                5.0

                Must Have Audio Tool

                By Summit Broadcast

                from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                  Extremely valuable tool in the field for finding audio problems in the field fast. Built well, and easy to use. Tone generator is very handy to check audio lines. Quick test to check line or mic level and if voltage is present.

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                  3.0

                  A tool everyone needs.

                  By K.G.

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                  I use it to test almost everything. Whether used to generate signal or receive it this device is an essential tool for every live audio technician. The only issue with the device is its fragile switches that can break off in a backpack or dropped. . Keep it in a case or a work box drawer.

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                  4.0

                  Great tool!

                  By Fernando from Brazil

                  from Campinas, SP, Brasil

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                  Very usefull and handy. Could be made of more good parts, metal chassis, but that's ok for it's purpose.

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                  5.0

                  can't go to work without it

                  By monkey

                  from honolulu

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                    just the right tool for all my audio testing needs!

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                    4.0

                    Great bit of kit, but.........

                    By CD

                    from Glasgow - Scotland

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Tests almost eveything
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Poor on off switch

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • TV Radio broadcasts

                    Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                    Use this all the time to check, cables/lines/circuits. Absolutley invaluable to anyone on the "front line" however the on-off switch on mine no longer functions properly. The slightest tap switches the unit on and it is hit and miss whether it ever switches off.
                    I now have to keep the battery disconnected and only connect it when I actually want to use the unit. Which is a shame. Better build would have got it five stars.

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                    5.0

                    Any pro audio tech needs one

                    By pl_tech

                    from New York

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                      Used on all audio gigs I do to test lines and verify continuity.

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                      5.0

                      Cable tester for the win!

                      By Thundersnow

                      from Nashville, TN

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Powerful
                      • Troubleshooting
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Broadcast audio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                        I would recommend this product to any audio professional that is looking for a way to complete line check in a speedy manner. The l.e.d.s on the top tell you if phantom power or intercom voltage is present and the tone generator can output a mic level signal too. I have used this product extensively and can only say I wish I had four of them!

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                        4.0

                        QBOX - Audio Line Tester is EASY

                        By Chuck the Electrical Engineer

                        from Palo Alto, California

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Mobile DJ
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                          The QBOX does make the testing & verification of a variety of cable setups quite easy. Although any of the tests the QBOX can do can be replicated using simple DVM & a break-out box, none are as easy to use (in the field) as the QBOX. During events (recording or just setting up initially), sometimes things don't work as expected. To try to isolate and retest a veriety of equipment can be very time consuming. But since most problems are cable-oriented, the cables should be the first to tested. And the QBOX allows a fast testing cycle too. It looks like the QBOX will be very robust due to its construction and simplicity.

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                          5.0

                          cant live without it

                          By william sound

                          from nyc

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Poor Quality Construction

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                          this product is indispensable if you are a professional audio engineer. I would have a head full of gray hair by now and a bunch of unhappy clients if I didn't have this tool. instead I trouble shoot problems with astonishing speed that keeps me out of therapy and my clients calling me back for more.

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                          4.0

                          Happy customer

                          By MarkD

                          from Danville, CA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Versatile
                          • Works as advertised

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound Quality

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                          Use the product for general testing. Generally works as advertised.

                          Only cons are: headset output has a lot of hiss, would be nice if it is cleaner. Also have noticed that touching the volume know can induce low level hum into the headphone output.

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                          5.0

                          It´s great

                          By César

                          from London

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                            All that you need to check your ASudio lines

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                            5.0

                            An essential part of any OB audio kit

                            By Tama Enright

                            from Australia

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Havent found any yet

                            Best Uses

                            • Outside Boadcast

                            Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                            Pricey but great for trouble shooting.

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                            5.0

                            Does what it says on the box

                            By Alun

                            from nr. Gatwick, United Kingdom

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Events
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Whirlwind QBOX - Audio Line Tester/Test Tone Generator:

                              I bought the QBox to replace an original model which had seen 14 years service in Sports TV. Considering the abuse it received I am genuinely amazed it lasted that long. I have no idea how any A2 working in TV OBs ("remotes" as you colonials call them) can function without one of Whirlwind's little boxes..............

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