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Jackaroo of All Trades

A Swiss army knife from down under

The Jackaroo, from Australia-based SM Pro Audio, promises to makes itself very handy at the work bench.

Sporting a variety of connector types, the Jackaroo is a signal pass-through/converter, signal generator and cable tester, all packed into a 2 RU rackmount box.

The list of connectors the Jackaroo can handle includes XLR (M and F), 1/4-inch, 1/8-inch, RCA, MIDI (five-pin DIN), BNC, RJ-11 and RJ-45.

Any input can be routed to any output making the unit something of a combiner/splitter/gender-bender.

The signal generator provides 100 Hz, 1 kHz and 10 kHz tones. The Jackaroo also includes a ground lift and monitor speaker. Jackaroos can be linked via an RJ-45.