Chameleon Labs 880 Rack

Rackmountable 8-slot 500 Series Powered Rack with XLR/DB-25 Connections, Channel Passthrough Switches, and 4 Aluminum Slot Panels
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Versatile 500 Series Rack with Channel Linking

Chameleon Labs makes setting up your ideal 500 Series rack system easy with their 880 Rack chassis. This 500 Series chassis includes eight slots and a 3-amp universal switch-mode power supply for ample power. Sweetwater engineers appreciate the parallel DB-25 and individual XLR connectors, which let you easily integrate the 880 Rack with the rest of your studio gear, and you can either keep it as a tabletop chassis or mount it in your standard 19" equipment rack. What's more, the 880 Rack includes internal passthrough switches, allowing you to cascade adjacent channels together without patching them via external cables.

Chameleon Labs 880 Rack 500 Series Chassis Features:
  • Versatile 8-slot 500 Series rack chassis
  • Parallel XLR and DB-25 I/O for easy setup
  • Internal passthrough switches let you cascade channels
  • 3A universal switch-mode power supply for reliable power
  • Accommodates tabletop and rackmount configurations
  • Rack ears and 4 aluminum slot panels included
Get flexible configurations with a Chameleon Labs 880 Rack 500 Series chassis!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Number of Slots 8
I/O Connections XLR in/out per channel, DB-25 in/out
Power Supply Built-in power supply, IEC AC jack
Manufacturer Part Number 880RACK

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Great Bang For the Buck 8 Channel Rack

There are some pieces of gear that you buy, turn on and then hopefully don’t have to bother with or even think about for a long time. My last 500 series chassis was exactly that, a handwired 6 channel rack from Brent Averill (BAE). Great piece of gear, but a problem when you have 7 modules in a growing studio. I wanted an 8 channel replacement since I don’t have the rack space for another 500 series chassis. The Chameleon Labs 880 ticked all the boxes for me: reputation, features, and price. The 880 comes packaged with rack ears, rubber feet for tabletop use, power cable, blank panels and all necessary screws and documentation. This is a solid well-built piece of gear. It was easy removing the handle and mounting the rack ears. I noted the channel linking switches inside the chassis. I hadn’t really thought of using that feature but it just occurred to me that it might be nice to have one of my favorite preamp/compressor vocal chains set up this way so I don’t have to deal with patching. DB25 connections cleaned up the back side of my rack and patch bay. Seemingly small details can make a big difference. The unit is very quiet. I was a little concerned since the power is built into the rack unit and not separate like the BAE. I informally tested all of the modules to make sure they all sounded good and there aren't noise or power issues. I’m happy to report, no issues. I’m very pleased. I do have one minor gripe with the unit. The blue power LEDs are a bit bright for me. Some people won’t mind that, I suppose, but I put a small piece of cardboard over the lights since they’re right next to me in the studio. Again, that is a small issue, compared to all the unit’s impressive features. All in all just an excellent piece of gear and serious bang for the buck 8 slot rack.
4.5/5

500 Series chassis

This is just what I wanted with the two types of connectors for ins and outs. I also appreciated the rack ears as mine went into a rack. 500 series modules worked perfectly the first time. Price was in a reasonable range for the features. The only downside is not a functional one, but an esthetic knock. I happened to be facing the unit when I first turned it on. The blue LEDs on the power supply were so bright, it was almost like looking into a search light. They do not have to be THAT bright.
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See also: Chameleon Labs, Chameleon Labs 500 Series Chassis