Radial Engineering Nuance Select Monitor Headphone Controller New

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  • Silently switch between two sets of monitors & a subwoofer
  • Dual stereo input sources with an assignable Aux output
  • Two independent headphone amplifiers with source selection
  • Extremely low distortion for complete transparency

Control without Coloration

The Nuance Select studio monitor controller is designed so you can hear every single detail through your speakers, with a distortion profile so low it cannot be measured by most audio testing equipment. Audio transparency is achieved through an innovative circuit that allows you to hear the true mix through your speakers without any sacrifice in audio quality, all while still providing you with total control over your monitor setup. Tidepool Audio is proud to carry the Radial Nuance Select monitor and headphone controller.

Looking the Part

Housed in a robust steel enclosure with a milled aluminum faceplate, the Nuance Select will fit the aesthetic of any studio space and easily incorporate into your workflow, with a streamlined approach to the feature set. Backlit monitor selection and control switches are complemented by oversized chrome knobs on the headphone and master level controls.

Inputs, Outputs, and Useful Add-ons

The Nuance Select features two sets of stereo source inputs, along with two sets of balanced TRS outputs for powered speakers. A full-range subwoofer output is also included that can be activated with either set of speakers as desired. Two independent headphone amplifiers are available for monitoring or control room tracking – each headphone output can be assigned to its own stereo source so you can feed a cue mix to an artist while monitoring the main mix yourself. The headphone outputs are provided on easily accessible front panel jacks, and a stereo Aux output is on the rear panel that can be used to feed an additional headphone amplifier for live room tracking.

Controlling your studio monitors

The Nuance allows you to switch between two sets of speakers while also having independent control over a full-range subwoofer output, so you can turn it on or off with either set of monitors. Switch between two stereo sources as well to compare reference tracks or monitor a cue mix.

Dual assignable headphone outputs

Two reference-grade headphone amplifiers are also built into the Nuance Select, each with an assignable input. This allows you to check the main mix on headphones, while also feeding a separate cue mix to an artist in the control room.

Adding the Aux output

The Aux output on the Nuance Select makes it easy to feed an additional headphone amplifier for live room tracking as well. The Aux out can be turned on or off using a local control, and it can be assigned to either input source just like the headphone outputs.

Will the Nuance Select color the sound in any way?

The Nuance Select is designed to be as completely transparent as possible, so it should sound no different than if you connected a pair of high quality cables directly from your audio interface to the inputs of your studio monitors. This gives you the most accurate representation of your mix, while also providing all of the useful functionality built into the Nuance, such as monitor switching, level control, and multiple headphone amplifiers.

Can the subwoofer be activated with either set of monitors?

Yes, the Subwoofer output can be turned on and off independently, so you can activate it with either set of monitors.

Is there a filter on the subwoofer output?

No, the subwoofer output is a full-range signal without any low-pass filters affecting it.

Can I have both pairs of monitors active at the same time?

No, only one set of monitor outputs will be active at any given time. If you have the A monitors active and you press the switch for the B monitors, it will deactivate the A set and immediately activate the B outputs.

Can I have both stereo input sources active at the same time?

You cannot feed both SRC 1 and SRC 2 to any of the Nuance outputs at the same time, but you can feed SRC 1 to the speaker outputs, and SRC 2 to the either of the headphone outputs or the Aux output. This gives you the ability to send a cue mix to a musician listening on headphones, while you monitor the main mix on speakers (or on the second set of headphones, since each headphone output can be assigned independently).

Can I feed the Aux to balanced mono input?

No, the Aux output is unlike the other outputs on the Nuance Select. It sends a stereo signal over one TRS connector, with the left channel feeding the tip (T) and the right channel feeding the ring (R) on the TRS jack. You can connect this directly to headphone amplifiers that have a compatible Stereo TRS input, or use an adaptor cable to split the signal to two ¼″ jacks and feed the signal to two channels on another destination device.

What type of pot does the Nuance use for the main level control?

The Nuance Select uses a customized 21 position, 2 pole rotary switch with individual resistors to provide left-right level matching within 0.1dB at all steps. Unity gain is achieved when the pot is turned fully clockwise, and attenuation is provided in approximately 2dB increments, with an oversized chrome knob for precise adjustment.