The ENTTEC D-Split has been one of my favorite DMX splitters for a few years now. Whether you’re looking to simply your cabling, or need to split your signal to more than 32 fixtures, this little box has you covered, and for a great price.
Check out my video review here, and then scroll down below for more information and the resources mentioned in the video:
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Hey everybody. This David Henry from Learn Stage Lighting .com. I hope you are well today. In this video, I want to talk to you guys about the ENTTEC D-Split. Now, I just bought one of these, and I’ve used them a lot of times before, but now that I own one, I want to go ahead and review it for you guys. Okay?
The ENTTEC D-Split is simple. It’s a DMX splitter. What it does is, it takes DMX in through this side and it multiplies it out. Now, when you’re working with DMX you can’t use a Y-cable, because it’s a digital signal. If you want to split it for ease of cabling or because you need to plug in a lot of fixtures, then you need a DMX splitter.
Enter the D-Split.
Now, there’s a lot of DMX splitters on the market, and you might be wondering what’s the difference between them all. To tell you the truth, you know, there’s a lot of things that can go on.
There can be some that have some features that professionals really like. There’s always durability to be added into the mix, quality. ENTTEC’s D-Split is one that I identify for quite a while now as really one of the leaders in the low cost segment, and I want to show you why.
The first is that, I’ve tested and used all the other competitors in the low cost DMX splitter space. There’s a few out there in this general price range as the same as the ENTTEC D-Split, which US is under $150. Out of all of them, the D-Split I’ve noticed has the best connectors.
This is really important, because you’re going to keep plugging and unplugging in, you know, DMX devices into these things, potentially a lot if you work with a portable setup, or maybe they’re just going to stay plugged in otherwise, and you want to make sure you’ve got good connectors. That’s something that I know is important to ENTTEC.
Also, if you’re throwing this in your gig bag or in with some cables or anything else, it’s got a really high quality casing. This feels like it’s aluminum, this blue bit. If you’re familiar with ENTTEC’s DMXIS hardware, it’s the same box basically. Then the outside is some sort of plastic, but it’s some kind of high grade plastic. It’s not cheap stuff. You could probably smack on it a good bit before you break it.
Now, a few things you’ll want to know about the D-Split is, it just simply is a DMX splitter, like I mentioned. I have tested it and used it in lots of shows. It works and it’s as effective as any other DMX splitter.
Now, if you’re looking for it to pass RDM signal, that’s fixture talk back signal back from your fixtures to your lighting desk, and if you want more on that, I’ve got a post I’m going to link to so you can get that info. If that’s important to you, the D-Split’s not going to have that, but neither are any of the other splitters in this price range.
When you get your D-Split, you’re going to get the actual D-Split box. You’re also going to get the DMX five to three pin adapter. In this case, the five pin’s the female and the three pin is the male, so this end would go to your console if you have a DMXIS or something else, this end, the five pin goes into the D-Split. You also get the power adapter. It comes with the US and the European adapters, so you just unplug them and plug them back in.
I also think it’s really cool that the plug actually spins on this adapter. If you’re using a power strip or a Furman or some sort of rack thing, you can just simply and easily go ahead and turn this to face whatever way you need to face to make it work with the other plugs you’ve got set up. It’s not a power brick that’s going to take up a ton of space, you know, take up three outlets by the time the cord comes out of it. You can twist that guy sideways, at an angle, whatever you need to do to make it work with your setup.
All in all, do I recommend the ENTTEC D-Split? Yes I do. This is definitely something I’ll be using on shows and I’ll be using in my videos and sharing with you guys, because it’s got that great mix of affordability, it’s got the features you need, it’s got high quality plugs that don’t feel like they’re going to break on you tomorrow. It’s got clear labeling, a great case, and it’s not that big either.
Some other ones are rack mounted, and they may only have four outputs, but they take up a lot of space. Whereas this one, it’s got four outputs, five pin and three pin, two outputs each, but of course you can always adapt these to the other. You can use all four, you can use one of the four, you can use two of the four, whatever you want to do.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this video review of this D-Split. If you want more, go check out Learn Stage Lighting .com. I’m going to have some more resources and details and information in a post accompanying this video, so be sure to check that out, and I’ll see you guys around soon. Thanks.
DMX splitters are generally very simple devices that sit in the background and do their job quietly. As I mentioned in the video, the D-Split by ENTTEC is one of my favorites, because it’s reliable, inexpensive, and has a great company behind it!
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