The CRICKET Polarity/Continuity tester is great for sound contractors, musicians, DJs, and many others. Polarity, should it become reversed, can play havoc with a sound system. If two sources are emitting the same electrical or acoustic tone (frequency), and one of those sources is in a state of inverted polarity, those tones, when combined at a given point, will cancel each other. This severely alters the sound of a system.
Polarity can be reversed while soldering cables, adding components to a sound system, reversing 'Banana' plugs, or replacing a component in a speaker cabinet improperly, to name a few instances. The purpose of the CRICKET is to test the polarity of a sound system each time it is used to insure it is working properly.
Galaxy Audio's battery powered CRICKET Polarity/Continuity Test Set makes it easy to determine whether every component in an audio system from patch bay to console to speakers is in or out of polarity. The CRICKET tests balanced and unbalanced cables of up to 2,000 feet in length. It will drive a “snake” (even one with transformers), and indicate which of a microphone's XLR connector pins is hot. The CRICKET can also plug directly into a speaker cabinet and drive the components. A glance at the CRICKET's red and green LED's can save hours of troubleshooting. No wonder it's an indispensable tool for sound system owners, operators, installers, and sound rental companies.
The CRICKET Polarity Tester is a two-piece unit ('Send' & 'Receive'). The Send unit generates a 'pulse', which is sent through the speaker, cable, microphone, or the device being tested. The Receive unit interprets that pulse and indicates if that pulse is positive or negative. The bottom of each unit has a quick reference guide on how to understand the readings given. The CRICKET Polarity Test Set is easy to use, necessary to own, and not a lot of money. The CRICKET is suggested for anybody working with sound systems.
Checks continuity and polarity
1/4" TRS and XLR in/out
Tests speakers, mics, cables and wireless systems
Tests mixers and signal processors for polarity inversions
Internal speaker for testing mic polarity
Internal mic for testing speakers
High level output for testing miles of cable
Battery test on Receive module saves troubleshooting time
"The Galaxy Audio Cricket is a life saver- allowing simple or very complex systems to be checked for phase all along the signal path.
The Cricket has been it my toolkit for over 20 years and during that time has checked and helped me phase multiple amplifier stacks for Megadeth, White Zombie, Stephen Stills, Bon Jovi, E Street Band, Paul Simon and The Who.
We have also used it to solve the "mysteries"of rental equipment and house PA's sometimes finding simple cabling faults which had remained undiscovered for years.
When all your "stuff" works together, it works it's best."
- Michael Kaye, Touring Guitar Technician
CPTS Cricket Specifications
CRICKET-S-SEND PULSE GENERATOR
Pulse Waveform Polarity
Positive-going balanced line output pulse, switch selectable for hi or low level balanced signal with positive pressure produced at the tip of 1/4" jack and pin #2 of XLR jack
Speaker Output Pulse
Accepts 2 ohm (or greater) load with positive pressure produced at the tip of a 1/4" speaker jack and positive terminal of an internal speaker
Slide switch power ON/OFF, Slide switch output Hi/Low/Spk
1.9" x 3.46" x 5.83" (48.26 x 87.88 x 148 mm)(HxWxD)
Weight (with battery)
14.4 oz (408.2 g)
9V (Alkaline only)
CRICKET-R RECEIVE PULSE DETECTOR
Green: indicates positive-going pulse polarity with power switch in “ON” position and battery status with power switch in “BAT” position.
Red: indicates negative-going pulse polarity.
One 1/4", balanced; One XLR, balanced
Polarity Only or Continuity
Slide switch CON/POL
Slide switch power ON/BAT/OFF
Slide switch Input MIC/2-T/3-R
Input Gain pot
1.9" x 3.46" x 6.38" (48.26 x 87.88 x 162 mm) (HxWxD)