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Thursday
Apr072016

Reverberation fails to resonate

In the second of two videos where I'm auditioning components for my HiFi I try out a Reverberation Amplifier. 

Always a niche HiFi component, the reverb box has intrigued me for a while. Why would people choose to spend money on a device that added reverb to pre-recorded music. This was something that I would have to try for myself to see if it earned a place in my audio system. Find out how I got on in the video below.

You can find HiFi reverb boxes on ebay 

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Reader Comments (5)

I just bought a dash cam thats integrated in the rear view mirror, the sreen turns off after a short time,is this normal or is there a setting to keep the screen on .
Kind regards.
Don senior

April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDon senior

Actually that seems to be one of the simplest variants of such effects. Essentially it has a "digital loop of tape" inside and you can adjust the speed of it running and maybe it feeds back the output to the input. That gives you a rather crude echo-type reverb.

More advanced reverbs are now found on AV receivers. For example some Yamaha receivers will use them in their "Cinema DSP" modes. In "Mono Movie"-mode they will, for example, put your sound to the centre speaker, while putting a bit of reverb on the other channels.

April 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Berger

You should be able to have the reverb unit display the color psyco effect by connecting for
example REC OUT from your amplifier to the LINE IN on the reverb unit
(or possible REC INPUT) eg just 2 RCA cables.
Then the colors should flash even though you are not listening through the unit. Eg just eye candy.... ;)

April 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Two older devices that will actually enhance your listening and are a blast to play with are an Eventide Ultra Harmonizer and a Behringer DSP 9024. Perhaps give them a try in the future.

April 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMike

If you want to keep the blinking thing in your living room, I would guess that the mechanism to turn it on and off is fairly simple. There is probably a wire that goes to the reverberation on off switch which also lights up the display when it is on. So you could probably just find and connect that to a similar voltage power source inside the device and it will be on whenever the device is powered up.

April 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

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