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The Portable Monitor Controller without Audio Compromise.

The Dangerous Source provides the critical link between your ears and the music. Every tracking and mixing decision hinges upon what you hear: how to locate the microphone’s sweet spot for the perfect vocal, where to place the panning to define each instrument’s space, creating the perfect marriage of kick and bass in the track…

  • Portable or Rack Installable (kit optional)
  • 2 Speaker Outputs- Can Be Engaged Simultaneously
  • Headphones Can Monitor Single or Multiple Sources
  • 2 Analog Inputs: 1/8" Mini Stereo & XLR/TRS Combo Jack
  • 2 Onboard Stereo 24-bit/192kHz D/A Converters
  • 2 Digital Inputs: AES/SPDIF and USB
  • USB IN, up to 24-bit/192kHz for Windows and Mac

Plug in two pairs of headphones and get inspired with a Dangerous caliber headphone amp.

Select any of the four sources individually or at the same time- plug your iPod into AN2 and jam along in AN1.

Listen to any combination of sources from either section.  For example, let the singer hear their own personal headphone mix from the AN2 input, while you engineer the real mix, coming from the USB input.

There’s even a line level control room output, mirroring the speaker selector for dubbing, sampling or running external meters.

Switch between two sets of speakers... or use one output for a subwoofer... or play them both at once to blow up the neighborhood.

Built for life on the road, slide the Source into your backpack and hit the streets.


Input 1 to Selected Line Out and Speakers:

Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz

THD+N: < 0.0025%  @+4dBu

IMD  (SMPTE):  < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu

Crosstalk rejection:  >108dB

Noise: < -93 dB, unweighted

NOTE: Speaker outs can run at -6dB (factory setting) or unity gain (remove jumpers 3 and 4)

Maximum input level: > +26 dBu


Input 2 to selected line out and Speakers:

Frequency Response : +0, -0.5dB from <10 Hz to >80 kHz

THD+N: < 0.0025%  @ +4dBu

IMD  (SMPTE): < 0.0026%  @ +4dBu

Crosstalk rejection: > -98dB

Noise: < -90 dB, unweighted

NOTE: Input 2 can run at -10dBV or -16dBV (by setting JP1 and JP2. Remove for -10dBV)

Default factory setting is -16dBV to accommodate 1/8” headphone outputs of iPhones and cell phones

Frequency Response: +0, -0.5dB from <10Hz to >50kHz



The meter and speakers outputs are fully balanced and 600 ohm drive capable to >+26dBu.

Volume knobs track better than +- 0.5dB from unity to -40dB.

The headphone amp can easily drive several sets of cans.

Maximum output level: > +26 dBu

Shipping weight (in carton): 7 lbs.

Dimensions: 12 3/4" Wide x 8" Deep x 1 5/8" High

Digital inputs:

The AES inputs lock from 32kHz to 192kHz sample rates with the following: <0.004% THD+N

-0.2dB at 10 Hz and 22kHz (48kHz sample rate)

-0.2dB at 10Hz and 34kHz (higher rates)

Crosstalk Rejection: >103dB

Power Supply: 12 volt, 2 Amp (Part number PSU-SRC)

Optional Rack Kit: SRC (Source Rack Kit), $49.99


USB Compatibility:

Mac: Requires Mac OS 10.6 or higher for driverless plug and play

PC: Requires a driver for Windows operating systems (available in downloads section)

Warranty: Free 2 year extended warranty with online registration.

Standard warranty: 90 days parts and labor, subject to inspection. Does not include damage incurred through abusive operation or modifications/attempted repair by unauthorized technicians.


"From the second I plugged it in I could tell it was very pristine and transparent. The low frequencies feel tighter and less intermingled with the other freque...

Joseph Fraioli, Sound Designer

"From the second I listened to the mix through the Source, it was as if, after staring at a painting for hours on-end, all of the sudden I could finally see wh...

Joe Mullen, Musician, Engineer, Writer (Professional Sound)

"The mix had room to breathe; the Source really does restore the headroom that is so lacking in today’s standard home studio interfaces. You get more punch, a...

Joe Mullen, Musician, Engineer, Writer (Professional Sound)

"Even my neighbor (who is a landscaper) commented on how much bigger and more open the sound was. The Source is an absolutely amazing box and is also now my go-...

Trent Thompson, Producer/Engineer

“The Dangerous Source is amazing. It’s important for us [to] hear the music as clearly and accurately as possible. For our work with Sol Republic headphones...

Lucas Keller, Producer

"The Source's fidelity is open and uncolored but seriously musical. I loved listening to music through the Source and just found myself wanting to crank it all ...

Thom Monahan, TapeOp Magazine

"The midrange is articulate and well defined, and the overall imaging is just massive."

Trent Thompson, Producer/Engineer

"[The Source] is an extremely high-quality and surprisingly flexible monitoring device that's very compact and cost-effective."

Hugh Robjohns, Sound On Sound

"I noticed a profound improvement in detail when I added the Source - being able to hear problems and overall a much more pleasant listening experience. I write...

Dan Black, Producer

"The Source excels at delivering pristine audio. Two independent D/A convertors and just about every routing format and connectivity option you could imagine al...

Doug Doppler, M Magazine