Palmer MONICON Passive Monitor Controller

Palmer MONICON Passive Monitor Controller

Palmer MONICON Passive Monitor Controller

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Product Highlights

  • Precise Volume Control
  • Passive Design Doesn't Affect Sound
  • Oversized Control Knob
  • Insert Between Interface and Monitors
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs and Outputs
  • 3.5mm TRS Stereo Input and Output
  • Genuine Wood Sides
  • Works with Professional Electronics
  • Works with Consumer Electronics
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Color: Black with Wood Colored Paneling

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Palmer PMONICON overview

  • 1Description

The Palmer MONICON is a passive monitor controller with an oversized control knob that is designed to be inserted between the stereo output of a notebook, PC, or audio interface and the inputs of a pair of active studio monitors.

The fully passive circuit design uses only a few components so as to ensure that the sound is not detrimentally affected by the monitor controller. To accommodate both professional and consumer equipment, the rear panel of the device features pairs of XLR/TRS combo connectors for the input and output as well as a 3.5mm TRS stereo input and a 3.5mm TRS stereo output connector.

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Palmer MONICON Passive Monitor Controller
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Palmer PMONICON specs

    Product Type Monitor Controller
    Design Passive
    Channels 1
    Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo connectors
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo TRS
    Line Max Input Level 20 dBu
    Input Impedance 10 kOhms (balanced), 5 kOhms (unbalanced)
    Outputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo connectors
    1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo TRS
    Output Level 20 dB
    Output Impedance 600 Ohms
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 40 kHz
    THD 0.001%
    Attenuation (Attenuator) 85 dB, (Attenuator + Mute) 112 dB
    Controls Mute, attenuation, mono
    Materials Cabinet: wood, sheet steel
    Surface: powder-coated metal
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 6.46 x 2.44 x 3.34" / 164 x 62 x 85 mm
    Weight 1.65 lb / 0.75 kg
    Packaging Inforsftczxfaccesbuuwau
    Package Weight 1.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 3.9 x 3.2"

    Palmer PMONICON reviews

    MONICON Passive Monitor Controller is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from What is B&H talking about, folks? B&H says: "the rear panel of the device features pairs of XLR/TRS combo connectors for the input and output as well as an 1/8" (6.35 mm) TRS stereo input and an 1/8" (6.35 mm) TRS stereo output connector." Meanwhile, and based on the photo of the rear panel, the truth is:� 1. There is no combination XLR/TRS output on this thing. Only XLR. Big difference. Jut look at the photo.� 2. The unbalanced input and output are both 1/8-inch or 3.5 mm size. One is not large than the other, as it is being claimed in the product description. 3. �1/8-inch is NOT 6.35 mm, as it is being claimed here, but rather, 3.5 mm. I either do not trust this Palmer Monicon product, or the B&H description of it, or likely, both. Weird.
    Date published: 2017-11-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with this device! As a professional on-location recording engineer, I needed a simple, yet accurate monitor controller between the digital recorder, and the active monitors. Not only did I find this device was well built in Germany, but has high quality components which provides excellent channel tracking which is extremely important. This little device does exactly what its suppose to do. I couldn't be happier with this device, or ask for anything more. You really get a lot of quality for the modest cost of this unit. I'm extremely pleased!
    Date published: 2018-03-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Knob The Short: a solid piece of hardware with a big knob that provides level control. Looks good and works well. The Long: I purchased this as way to adjust the volume level between my turntable and my powered reference monitors without having to reach behind the monitors to do so. This gives me a big knob out-front that kinda fits in nicely with the analog nature of a turntable. The adjustment is silky smooth and gives just the right amount of resistance. The build of the Monicon is very nice, solid and gives the impression that this will be a piece of gear that lasts quite a while. The mute and mono buttons work as advertised and provide a solid click when depressed. Two things of note however; the color of the sides in the pictures appears to be a sort-of cherry wood (which is what initially attracted me to this unit as it would match my cherry wood turntable) but upon receiving the Monacan I realized that the sides are actually a very dark, almost black, brown. It did not end up being an issue for me as it still is a great unit and blends in just fine with my other components. Secondly, I have no scientific measurement to prove it but I am fairly certain that by running the audio signal through the Monicon I am losing a bit of audio level. Nothing major but perhaps a couple dB so I just adjust my powered monitors up a notch to compensate - problem solved. Since I only run my reference monitors at about 50% (probably 60% now) I definitely had the room to adjust but it may be an issue if you are already pushing your monitors to their max.
    Date published: 2017-01-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works - but too expensive It's a simple device. In and Out. This one works fine and as advertised, but considering it consists of 4 XLR jacks, 2 mini plugs, 2 switches, a pot and some basic circuitry, there's no way this item should cost as much as it does. It should be half the price. ............... sorry, it also has 4 rubber feet on it. Maybe that's why it's so expensive ;)
    Date published: 2016-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Functional and Even a Little Elegant It is an ideal volume control between my mixer and self-powered studio monitors. Nice fit and finish but smooth and elegant in operation too. The single large volume knob is smooth and allows for granular level of volume control. The mute button is a nice touch too. You can see, feel, and hear the German engineering that produced this.
    Date published: 2016-06-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A simple, high quality audio tool. Very pleased. The build quality of this monitor controller is really what impressed me the most. The actual unit itself is pretty simple; it's only a knob and two buttons, and it's passive. From what I can tell after some simple A/B testing, it's completely transparent. That being said, I would not trust the stereo balance at the extreme low positions (-36 or -85). This isn't a fault of the unit, it's just the nature of a potentiometer. To have 100% perfect stereo balance throughout the entire range of the knob's travel, you would need to spend over $1000, so this will provide excellent results for all but the most discerning studios. Let's be real here, you're not buying this if you're in a million dollar studio. If you're like me and thinking about buying a cheaper controller (I'm willing to bet I know which M brand and B brand you're looking at! ), spend the extra money and get a product that's made with quality materials and actually has detailed specifications provided from the manufacturer. You'll be glad you did.
    Date published: 2018-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice Level Control I have an audio lab and I use some Genelec near field powered monitors through a patch bay. I needed to keep everything balanced to the monitors, so this did the job nicely. The pot has a very good feel and the mono and mute buttons come in handy.
    Date published: 2016-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solidly Built, Transparent, Quiet Title says it all. Pro Tools suites are connected via Dante. Volume control on Dante monitor interface is tiny and inconvenient. We run the audio through this to control input to powered monitors.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
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