Radial Engineering Headlight Guitar Amp Selector with 4 Outputs and Drag Control

BH #RAR8007096 • MFR #R800 7096 00
Radial Engineering
Radial Engineering Headlight Guitar Amp Selector with 4 Outputs and Drag Control
Key Features
  • Sequential Switcher for up to 4 Amps
  • Bright LEDs for Onstage Visibility
  • 1 x 1/4" Input, 4 x 1/4" Amp Outputs
  • Buffered Class-A Circuitry
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Designed for electric guitarists who want to switch among up to four amplifiers on stage, the Radial Engineering Headlight is a stompbox pedal with one footswitch that allows you to choose between two output paths, and another that lets you either mute all the amps, or route signal through all connected units simultaneously. When toggled to mute, signal will still flow to the tuner output, so you can tune in silence.
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Radial Engineering R800 7096 00 Overview

Designed for electric guitarists who want to switch among up to four amplifiers on stage, the Radial Engineering Headlight is a stompbox pedal with one footswitch that allows you to choose between two output paths, and another that lets you either mute all the amps, or route signal through all connected units simultaneously. When toggled to mute, signal will still flow to the tuner output, so you can tune in silence.

This pedal also features polarity switches on outputs two, three, and four; if one amplifier is out of phase with another, tightening the signal becomes as easy as flipping this toggle. Additionally, three ground-lift switches fight against hum and buzz often caused by ground loops.

The Headlight utilizes a buffered circuit path, which in other cases might very well sound too clean. however, you’ll find a potentiometer which adjusts a proprietary load-correction circuit, effectively emulating the impedance of your amplifier, and obviating any tonal issues introduced by the buffered circuit path.

The Headlight uses 14-gauge steel in its construction, which contributes to its reliability, as does the unit’s shielding and military-spec circuit board. These provide protection against stray magnetic fields, allowing the controls and switches to remain free from interference. To accommodate pedalboards, this pedal works with standard 9V connections, thus facilitating easy powering from your typical pedalboard power brick.

Drag Control Explained

Drag Control is a proprietary load correction circuit that Radial Engineering employs inside select products to emulate the input impedance and capacitance of a typical amp. When a guitar is connected directly to an amplifier, the two devices interact as part of a closed circuit. When an active buffer is placed in between they can sometimes sound too clear, to the point of sounding sterile. Drag Control counters this occurrence by reintroducing the load as if you were connected directly to your amp.

Radial Engineering R800 7096 00 Specs

Audio Circuit TypeClass-A FET
Frequency Response30 Hz to 30 kHz
Dynamic Range116 dBu
Noise Floor-112 dBu
Intermodulation Distortion0.02%
Output Clip Level+7 dBu
Gain-0.5 dBu, channel 1 through 4
THD< 0.01%
ImpedanceInput Impedance: 20 kOhms to 1 MOhm, variable with Drag control
Output Impedance: 1 kOhm
Phase Deviation-1.35° @ -20 dBu / 1 kHz
SwitchesMute Footswitch
Select Footswitch
I/O1 x 1/4" input, phone type
5 x 1/4" outputs, phone type
Construction14-gauge steel chassis and outer shell
FinishPowder coat
Power80 mA, 9 VDC (center pin negative)
Dimensions (L x W x H)5.0 x 4.9 x 2.0" / 12.7 x 12.4 x 5.1 cm
Weight2.0 lb / 907 g
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