Originally Posted by LBDiver
Yeah, I wasn't saying use the Formosa, which as you note is 1/3rd the power, rather SpeakerPower implement a similar DSP input/adjustment through a small readout and control knob. According to a member who had spoken to them about offering the Torpedo to DIY/Retail, SpeakerPower stated they have avoided it because they don't want to have to deal with people wanting custom DSP programming, which I imagine is done through serial command currently. However, this issue would be solved if the amps had the ability to program the DSP right on the back (a la Formosa).
Part of the problem is physical space. The Speaker power amps are pretty "full" already. It is not so easy just to "add" a different DSP. Just redoing the metal work is a lot of work. A lot of pro people prefer not to have ANY controls on the back of the cabinet-that could get touched/changed by accident-therefore changing the performance of the cabinet.
I doungt there would be enough interest of the DIY to warrant a complete change in the size/layout etc to make it worthwhile to manufacturer.
Currently the DSP is accessed through a DB25 to "round" connector-like a keyboard connector-through a special convertor box.
The DSP is a "one way street". You cannot read anything that is in the amp-you can only dump programs into it. In fact if you hookup to a unit and turn it on-the internal program will be erased.
The programming is NOTHING like any other DSP I have ever used. Not at all intuitive.