Flex 6500 or 6700 - Aphex 230 connection

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Anyone interfacing the Flex 6000's with balanced input (6500,6700)) to the Aphex 230, please share your settings and insights.

Much appreciated
Barry
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Barry Isseks

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Barry, instead of me writing down all my settings, I'll just post a photo a took with my iPhone. Also, you will really like the way the Aphex 230 works with the Flex. I'm currently playing a Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone and no other rack gear and using the internal equalizer of the Flex 6500. I'm getting good audio reports so far.

James, W8GN


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Richard McClelland, AA5S

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I found a very good YouTube video about setting one of these up:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Albkn_fWrcs  (as I was searching the net, trying to determine what an Aphex 230 is :-)
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Thanks for that great demo video of the Aphex 230. I would be looking for cable hardware interface information. James posted a graphic of his knob settings which is very helpful. I found my Aphex on ebay. New ones are way too expensive for this guy.
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Richard McClelland, AA5S

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This is an interesting thread for a cw guy who has a single Yaesu MH-31 hand mic in the shack (that has never been used.)   I googled around a bit for information about Nueman mics and found this:  http://www.amazon.com/Neumann-U47-FET-Collectors-Edition/dp/B00O964DFE/ref=sr_1_5?s=musical-instrume...  There is probably more than one ham in the world with one of these in their shack.
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Many thanks for the graphic James. A few questions: Your Neuman is XLR into the 230 ?? And, out of the 230 XLR to the XLR Flex bal input directly ?? Would that be correct ?
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Yes, XLR from Neumann to XLR into the 230, then XLR from the output of the 230 using a special W2IHY cable into the iPlus and then iPlus cable to XLR of Flex.
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I use a W2IHY iPlus to adjust level into my Kenwood TS990s and Flex 6500, but that's the only piece of gear I have between the rigs and 230.
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I also have a TS-990s and I have the Aphex being delivered this week. My questions are.... Which input are you using for your audio into the radio and have you tried this on am? So far I find anything I use on am comes in very low volume. 
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I am using the 13 pin input currently, but have used the optical input and front mic input. I can't speak as to how it works on AM because I have never operated in that mode.

James, W8GN
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I'm not on phone enough to warrant investing in studio grade gear, but I do like to get good audio reports.  Thus I'm using an Audio-Technica AT3035 condenser mike left over from my music gigging days with a cheap phantom power adapter for the BAL input I picked up from eBay. That and the built in EQ on the 6500 get me great reports, and I have little difficulty busting pileups with it.