The Signex PST96TG Gold is based on the same design that has made the Isopatch so popular, but uses the 4.4mm ‘Bantam’ Jack widely accepted in professional studios. The Bantam Jack, designed and built to withstand the heavy duty use encountered in a professional environment, offers superior contact performance in a much smaller space.
The twin Bantam Jack used in the Signex is of an enclosed design that helps to keep out the contaminants that shorten contact life, with spacing to accept twin ‘stereo’ plugs. Contacts are silver with optional paladium or gold plated phosphor-bronze switch contacts. All components are mounted on two horizontal printed circuit boards (PCBs) which makes the Isopatch Bantam very solid and gives full access to most of the circuitry including parallel points and the special ‘program pads’ for normalising. The use of flexible jumper cables between top and bottom PCBs means that the Isopatch Bantam can be opened up for servicing if needed.
Unlike conventional patch panels, the Isopatch offers half or full normalising on every channel by simply soldering across special ‘program pads’ on the top PCB – No need for tedious hard-wiring.