emitum cases recently sent over their new powered sán-sán 2 x 104hp Eurorack Case and as I’ve started to use the case I wanted to make a post here to share my experience so far.
The case is slim, elegant and a minimal with a really lightweight feel as the thin metal case seems to wrap around the modules and just disappear. As much as I love a good hardwood case that makes a statement (my cosmic space case certainly makes a statement with the custom artwork on it) I really appreciate that this is a simple, minimal solution to setting up a modular system and travelling with one. As you can see in the images the modules pull focus as this case just seems to get out of the way.
The case is powered offering 1.8A on +12V, 1.8A on -12V and 1.0A on +5V. It takes a 2.1mm positive DC inlet from an external Meanwell power brick that comes with the case and on the emitum website you can find information about the efforts taken for low noise and low ripple power. My experience so far with the set up pictured has mirrored their statement that this is a low noise system and everything has worked well so far. There’s 22 power connectors on shrouded/boxed/keyed headers, which is plenty unless you’re going crazy on lots of small modules.
I’ve mentioned the word slim here so to add some figures to that statement the case is 50mm deep internally at the sides of the bus boards and 35mm deep above the tallest part of the busboard. This is particular slim for a Eurorack case and you may want to check the depth of some modules and consider placing those on the outer sides if they’re too deep for central part of the case. Lots of modern Eurorack modules will easily fit in the case but some older units, designed when cases were often 100mm deep may not fit. The outer dimensions are 530mm wide, 268mm high and 103mm deep with the lid, 58.6mm without.
I’ve also mentioned that the case is lightweight, it comes in at a very low 2.5kg and is made from high quality coated aluminium. emitum say this was “made for the modular lover who travels a lot” and I’d agree it’s great for that.
You can see there’s four 1/4″ jacks on the side of the case and this is for an up coming VCA/output module that will feed those outputs directly. I’m looking forward to having an option to interface out to external gear easily.
Both the 84hp and 104hp cases are currently on sale at $425 and $529 respectively but visit the emitum website for up to date info.