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2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by lewiscallaway » Thu Feb 16, 2017 10:56 am

One of the stations I engineer for is needing a new processor. I was recommended an Orban 2200, and I found one for $1,500. Would spending more and getting a 5500I be a better idea?

Or is there some better entry level processor? This is an Easy Listening/Oldies station.

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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by Deep Thought » Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:43 am

How competitive is the market? Are you up against a bunch of class-Cs with $15,000 squashboxes? The 5500 is nice but you will notice a large difference between it and, say, an 8600 or an Omnia, and they sound a little "crunchy".

An engineering acquaintance in Minnesota has assembled what is basically an "Omnia 8" running Breakaway and will sell it for $2,500 plus shipping. If you're interested let me know and I'll PM his contact info. This would give you a competitive sound without having to sell the station to pay for it.
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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by radiosavage » Thu Feb 16, 2017 2:22 pm

If you are in that price range look at an Omnia One. $1500 for a 2200 seems high for that vintage of processor. I agree with Deep Thought if you are in a competitive market.

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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by lewiscallaway » Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:50 pm

It's pretty competitive for commercial stations, but this is a noncommercial and they could care less about loudness (they had unbalanced going into a balanced STL for a long time and it was wayyy quieter!!

Ok, I've ruled out the 2200, but what do you guys prefer between an Omnia One and an Optimod 5500I?
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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by radiosavage » Thu Feb 16, 2017 6:03 pm

lewiscallaway wrote:
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:50 pm
Ok, I've ruled out the 2200, but what do you guys prefer between an Omnia One and an Optimod 5500I?
Thanks!
That question may start a processor war.

I have not used the 5500i. I have used the 5500 so I am not sure of all the differences. I have also used the Omnia One as well. In this situation they are both capable processors. I don't think there is a right answer. It might come down to cost.

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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by lewiscallaway » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:46 pm

Well I don't want to start a war!!

I think they cost roughly the same.

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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by Deep Thought » Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:46 pm

Again, if you want to go with the Omnia "8" option let me know. Otherwise I'll tell him to sell it to someone else.
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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by lewiscallaway » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:52 am

I don't think we will go with it, but thanks!!

I haven't even totally convinced the Boss to get a new processor....

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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by kkiddkkidd » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:11 pm

I have to say that I am underwhelmed by the OmniOne. One of my clients has one and we haven't been able to make it sound good. It sounds just OK in a muddy squashed sort of way but it bothers my ear as well as the station owners. I do not have a "golden" ear nor does the owner but we have tried all of the presets and none of them sound good.

It was included in a station purchase and MAY be broken but it doesn't sound really BAD. It just doesn't sound good like any other Omni or Orban product typically does.

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Re: 2200 or 5500I or something else

Post by Deep Thought » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:57 pm

kkiddkkidd wrote:
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:11 pm
I have to say that I am underwhelmed by the OmniOne.
I've had decent luck with them on AM but I agree with your FM analysis. They just don't sound that good.
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Post by Bill DeFelice » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:31 am

Deep Thought wrote:
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:57 pm
kkiddkkidd wrote:
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:11 pm
I have to say that I am underwhelmed by the OmniOne.
I've had decent luck with them on AM but I agree with your FM analysis. They just don't sound that good.
I have an Omnia One that I use as an emergency loaner and pretty much agree, but if you run something in front of it I've had very good luck with it. It doesn't have the horsepower of a more expensive processor but for what it is I will say it's pretty darn good. I don't think any station in a highly competitive market is going to go with the One but non-comms or less aggressive processing may find a place for it.
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