500 Series Mic Preamps 2011

Dec 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

A BUYER'S GUIDE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF FRONT-END OPTIONS

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Chandler Limited Germ 500 MKII

Chandler Limited Germ 500 MKII

CHANDLER LIMITED GERM 500 MKII
Basics:
input gain, 67dB total gain, 12dB pad, switchable 48V phantom power, unbalanced ¼-inch DI, phase reverse
Extra: uses the same discrete, Class-A germanium amplifier and custom transformers as the company’s Germanium rackmount units. Feedback control shapes tone from thick to bright, or with lots of color and harmonics
Chandler Limited Germ 500 MKII product page

CHANDLER LIMITED LITTLE DEVIL PREAMP
Basics:
66dB gain, balanced line input, impedance switching, low-cut filter, phase reverse, 48V phantom power, unbalanced ¼-inch DI
Extra: fully discrete circuit using high-power Class-A input stage and Class-A/B output; variable feedback and bias control shapes distortion, harmonics, clipping, frequency response, overall tonal characteristic; transformer-balanced input and output uses St. Ives input and custom Chandler output
Chandler Limited Little Devil Preamp product page

CLASSIC AUDIO PRODUCTS VP26
Basics:
discrete operational amplifier with standard 2520 footprint, 60 dB of gain over a 34dB adjustable range with an EIN of -119 dBu, <51mA bipolar current draw is when driving a 600-ohm load, mute, polarity flip, -20dB pad
Extra: circuit is based on console channel preamp from the vintage Automated Processes 3232–style recording consoles, sockets for swapping out DOAs, EA2622 input and EA2623-1 output transformers designed by Ed Anderson, custom T-pad attenuator follows output transformer for fully variable control over output level, also available in kit form
Classic Audio Products VP26 product page

DACS MicAmp 500

DACS MicAmp 500

DACS MICAMP 500
Basics:
based on circuitry of DACS’ MicAmp 2, 72 dB of low-noise gain in 4dB steps with an 8dB trim, three bass roll-off settings, overload LED
Extra: in non-phantom mode, the DC-coupled transistor gain stage makes it ideal for use with ribbon and dynamic microphones, PPM trajectory LED metering, input stage is protected by ultra-fast diodes
DACS Audio home page

DAKING MIC PRE 500
Basics:
highpass filter (10 to 200Hz @ 12dB per octave), continuously variable input gain up to 70 dB, eight-segment tricolor LED, simultaneous VU and peak (-16 to +22), switchable polarity, 20dB pad, switchable 48V phantom power, DI ¼-inch input
Extra: shares the gain structure and Class-A, fully discrete transistor circuitry design of Daking's Mic Pre One, including a transformer-balanced input and THAT Corporation differential output
Daking Mic Pre 500 product page

DANFIELD AUDIO MX20VPR
Basics:
designed for wide signal capture, highpass filter (80 to 800 Hz @ 12dB per octave), red LED overload indicator
Extra: design based on company’s mx20 transformerless rackmount system, module is “hot” swappable, gain pot is an ultra-high-performance gold 24-stage calibrated switch
Danfield Audio MX20vpr product page

D.A.V. ELECTRONICS BROADHURST GARDENS 501
Basics:
low noise, low distortion, hi-Z DI input, XLR input, 22 to 66dB mic gain range in 4dB steps, -8 to 36dB DI gain range in 4dB steps, 26dB pads (switchable), switchable phase reverse, switchable 48V phantom power, red and green LED level indicators
Extra: switched gain controls for high accuracy level setting (4dB steps), gold-plated PCB plug
D.A.V. Electronics Broadhurst Gardens 501 product page

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READ:
Electrodyne 501 Mix Review

ELECTRODYNE 501
Basics:
two-stage discrete transistor, transformer-coupled, active DI circuit output designed to directly connect and interact with the mic input transformer to allow maximum tone options
Extra: each amp stage is individually optimized for peak performance using 1969/70 Electrodyne factory engineering notes and selected high-performance components identical to the original components, transformers are made by Electrodyne's original manufacturer to exacting factory specifications
Electrodyne 501 product page

FIVE FISH AUDIO MX5
Basics:
 12-step selector switch for gain, lighted push-buttons for 20dB pad, polarity reverse, soft-start 48V phantom power, 66dB gain, variable trim knob from 0 dB to infinity, 5-LED VU meters, relay-controlled switching 
Extra: Carnhill input transformer imported from UK, U.S.-made output transformers, option to use discrete op amp, anodized and CNC-engraved front panel, solid-machined aluminum knobs, double-sided gold-plated fingers
Five Fish Audio MX5 product page






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