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CPTS Cricket Speaker Polarity & Continuity Tester




5.0 (1 review)

The Galaxy Audio CRICKET Speaker Polarity/Continuity tester is great for sound contractors, musicians, DJs, and many others. Polarity, should it become reversed, can play havoc with a powered active speaker. 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 ensure it is working properly.

Galaxy Audio’s battery-powered speaker CRICKET Polarity/Continuity Tester 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 Galaxy Audio CRICKET speaker polarity tester can also plug directly into a speaker cabinet and drive the components. A glance at the CRICKET’s red and green LEDs 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 speaker phase tester 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 lifesaver- allowing simple or very complex systems to be checked for phase all along the signal path.

The Cricket has been in 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 its best.”

– Michael Kaye, Touring Guitar Technician

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
Controls Slide switch power ON/OFF, Slide switch output Hi/Low/Spk
Dimensions 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)
Battery 9V (Alkaline only)
LED Indicators 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.
Detection Inputs One 1/4", balanced; One XLR, balanced
Mic Sensitivity -64dB, +3dB
Function Select Polarity Only or Continuity
Controls Slide switch CON/POL
Slide switch power ON/BAT/OFF
Slide switch Input MIC/2-T/3-R
Input Gain pot
Dimensions 1.9" x 3.46" x 6.38" (48.26 x 87.88 x 162 mm) (HxWxD)
Weight (with battery) 14.4 oz (408.2 g)
Battery 9V (Alkaline only)
Polarity/Continuity Test Female XLR pin 2,3,1 continuity; 1/4" jacks: tip, ring, sleeve continuity
Test Set Shipping Weight 33.6 oz (952.5 g)
Manual ( PDF - 0.14 MB )
Cut Sheet ( PDF - 0.13 MB )
Diagram ( PDF - 0.3 MB )
Chart ( JPG - 0.62 MB )
Reviews (1)

1 review for CPTS Cricket Speaker Polarity & Continuity Tester

  1. David Carey

    Great tool, easy to use, lots of features, and a critical part of the audio toolbox. I’ve sorted out bad wiring, polarity issues, and more. I won’t go to a gig or into a new studio without it!

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