-10 AND +4???

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Member Since: Aug 13, 2006

Without getting technical what is the real life purpose of the -10 and +4 settings you see on some gear??

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Since: Feb 07, 2005

Jan 22, 2008 11:33 am

Pro-standard requires more power than consumer products. The switch allows for the gear to be compatible in both a consumer and pro environment.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Jan 22, 2008 09:24 pm

Yep, -10 is consumer level, such as tape and most equipment with RCA connections. Although some gear with 1/4" jacks is also rated for -10.

+4 is pro level, usually all 1/4" but it may sometimes apply to XLR type inputs as well. And not often anymore but on some older gear it was also applied to RCA type connections.

Rule of thumb. If it came from Best Buy or the like it is -10, if it came from Guitar Center or a pro music retailer it is most likely +4.

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