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Benchmark Media PRE420 4 channel mic preamp

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A remarkable four-channel microphone preamplifier with an integrated stereo mix bus and stereo/mono solo bus in a sleek, 1RU chassis. ThePRE420is designed for maximum transparency, wide bandwidth, low-noise, low-distortion, and superior RF immunity. It is well suited for the most demanding applications in studios and live venues.

What makes one mic-pre superior to the others?

Even high-end preamplifiers can mask subtle details because of intermodulation distortion, a symptom of RF interference and non-linear performance at ultra-sonic frequencies. This non-linearity causes inter-modulation distortion (IMD) components that fold down to audible frequencies.

Unlike harmonic distortion (THD), IMD produces distortion tones that are very un-natural and non-musical. IMD also masks and alters the subtle details of delicate high-frequency transients such as those produced by bells. Benchmark MPS series preamps have always had outstanding high-frequency performance as well as freedom from IMD. ThePRE420takes the Benchmark design one step further, and achieves the lowest IMD that we have ever measured in any microphone preamplifier - the innovative circuitry provides ultra-low distortion over a 500kHz bandwidth while maintaining RF-immunity in the most demanding environments.

MirrorPan Minimizes Distortion Ensures Constant-Power Precision Panning

MirrorPan's innovative mirrored-circuitry, from which the name is derived, eliminates the non-linear distortion caused by potentiometer wiper-current. The result is excellent channel seperation and remarkably accurate imaging. The center-detent position is factory calibrated for precise center-placement.

Elegant Completely Unique Feature Set

An elegant and completely unique feature set compliments the uncompromised sonic integrity of thePRE420.

A solo section allows monitoring of any channel or combination of channels (with switchable stereo/mono) via control room XLR outputs and the integratedHPA2- Benchmark's signature high-current, 0-Ohm headphone amplifier. ThePRE420's main mix bus XLR outputs are monitored via a dual, variable intensity signal level meter and peak-warning indicator*.

Each of the four channels has an independent direct XLR output, a variable intensity signal level meter and peak-warning indicator*, andMirrorPancontrol. Each channel features a precisely matched 41-position first-stage gain control factory preset to a maximium gain of 60dB (internally adjustable up to 70dB for special applications).

The next evolution of Benchmark's legendaryMPS-420microphone preamplifier.

ThePRE420is the next evolution of Benchmark's legendaryMPS-420microphone preamplifier. We have improved the performance while adding meters, a mix bus, a solo bus,and an internal power supply. The added features do not compromise the performance of the classic Benchmark design. In all respects, thePRE420meets or exceeds the performance of the MPS series preamps.

RF-Immune, Wide-Bandwidth Design

The entire signal path of the PRE420 has a generously wide bandwidth: 500 kHz. This creates a significant demand for exceptional RF filtering and shielding – a demand Benchmark fulfills.

All signal paths in the PRE420 are aggressively protected from RF. For example, the multi-layer printed circuit board uses a special construction technique that creates a 3-dimensional shield surrounding all signal traces. Benchmark's innovative shielding and filtering techniques have given Benchmark mic-preamps a proven track record for exceptional performance in difficult, RF-intensive locations.

This RF-immunity is coupled with ultra-low distortion performance at high-frequencies, beyond that of most mic-preamps, giving your audio remarkable realism. With an amazingly low THD+N of 0.00024% (see specs), we encourage you to compare the PRE420's performance specifications and sonic performance with any other mic-preamp.

Microphone Inputs

Each of thePRE420's four microphone inputs includes switches for +48V Phantom power, a 20dB pad, and a 40Hz high-pass filter.

ThePRE420achieves outstanding performance over a wide range of input levels. Gain is controlled by matched 41-detent pots and is adjustable over a range of 22dB to 60dB (without pad), or 2dB to 40dB (with pad enabled). The mix bus can provide an additional gain of up to 6 dB.

High-Current XLR Analog Outputs

ThePRE420has a total of 8 XLR-type analog outputs: four direct outputs, two control room outputs, and two stereo outputs. All outputs feature low-distortion, high-current drivers that easily handle long cables and other less-than-ideal loads.

Astonishingly low-noise stereo mix

ThePRE420features an astonishingly low-noise stereo mix bus driven by Benchmark's proprietaryMirrorPancircuitry to achieve precise, distortion-free, constant-power panning. The mix bus allows pristine direct-to-stereo recording from up to 4 microphones. The balanced stereo outputs are equipped with meters and a master level control.

Convenient Flexibility Un-compromised Performance

The convenient flexibility of these unique features in no way compromises the pristine audio path. ThePRE420's RF-immune, wide-bandwidth circuitry faithfully delivers stunningly high resolution to all direct, stereo, control room, and headphone outputs.

Rugged Yet Elegant Chassis

A rugged 1 RU enclosure includes an internal power supply that supports all international voltages and has generous margins for over-voltage and under-voltage conditions. It features a core-banded toroidal transformer in a shielded enclosure.

For the studio, the symphony hall, and the quest for superior recordings - Unmask Your Audio with thePRE420.

• Ultra-low noise/distortion: (THD+N @ 22dB Gain 10Hz-20kHz = 0.00027%)

• RF-immune, wide bandwidth (500kHz)

• Stereo mix bus isolated stereo/mono solo bus

MirrorPan- Benchmark's proprietary zero-distortion, constant-power panning technology

• 4 direct XLR outputs, 2 control room XLR outputs, 2 stereo XLR outputs

HPA2- Benchmark's signature high-current, 0-Ohm headphone amplifier with convenient, switchable mute control room output on headphone insertion.

• Adjustable peak warning indicator variable intensity signal level meter on each channel mix bus

• Independently switchable +48V phantom power, 40Hz switchable high-pass filter, -20dB pad.

Warranty Information

3 years

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