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List Price: $1,715.00
Our Price: $1,650.00


Availability: Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Weeks
Product Code: 2391

 

John Hardy M-1 2-Channel Microphone Preamp

John Hardy M-1 Mic Preamp Two Channel / Jensen JT-16-B Transformers & 990 Discrete Op-amps

John Hardy M-1 2-Channel Microphone Preamp Details

The John Hardy M-1 Mic Preamp is among the finest mic preamps in the world. It provides the accuracy and transparency that is missing in other mic preamps. No matter what your application, the M-1 will provide superior sound quality. The world's best input transformer (Jensen JT-16-B), best op-amp (990 discrete op-amp) and the elimination of all capacitors from the signal path combine to provide the highest performance.

The M-1 has a 19" wide mainframe rack-mount chassis (1.75"H x 19"W x 8"D) and can be ordered with 1 to 4 channels. There are two meter options and the best Jensen output transformer (JT-11-BMQ) is also available as an option (Front End Audio includes these options with your unit!). Additional channels and options can be easily added later up to the total capacity of the mainframe.

What Is The Difference Between the M-1 and the M-2?

The M-1 was introduced in 1987 and while sonically identical to the M-2 there are a few control differences. The M-1 has a two-section gain-pot providing continuously variable adjustment in two overlapping ranges that are selected by the "HIGH GAIN" switch. (The M-2 has a 16 position gain-switch with 1% metal-film resistors providing accurate and repeatable gain settings. Since the "HIGH GAIN" switch isn't necessary, the M-2 is available with either a "20 OHM MIC" switch OR a "20dB PAD" switch).

John Hardy M-1 2-Channel Microphone Preamp Features

  • JT-16-B Input Transformer. Jensen's best mic input model.
  • 990 Discrete Op-Amp. Faster, quieter, more powerful and better sounding than typical monolithic op-amps.
  • Elimination Of All Coupling Capacitors From The Signal Path. Results in less degradation of the audio signal.
  • Dual Range Gain Control And 'High Gain' Switch. Provides great feel and resolution for easy and accurate adjustments.
  • Polarity Reverse Switch.
  • Phantom Power Switch.
  • All Front Panel Switches Are LED Illuminated.
  • Gold Plated XLR Connectors for maximum reliability.
  • Ground Lift Switch On Each Channel. Helpful for eliminating ground loops.
  • Toroidal Power Transformer With Additional Shielding. Eliminates hum problems so no external power supply is needed.
  • Universal Power Supply. Internal switch provides six primary voltage choices to accommodate use anywhere in the world.
  • Chassis Ground Isolation Switch. Helpful for eliminating ground loops.
  • Built To Order, the way YOU want It. Various options can be easily field installed at a later date.

John Hardy M-1 2-Channel Microphone Preamp Highlights

  • JT-16-B Input Transformer. Jensen's best mic input model.
  • 990 Discrete Op-Amp. Faster, quieter, more powerful and better sounding than typical monolithic op-amps.
  • Elimination Of All Coupling Capacitors From The Signal Path. Results in less degradation of the audio signal.

Included Options from Front End Audio:

  • VU-1 meter. Very accurate and informative 20 segment LED meter card with separate peak LED for monitoring preamp output.
  • JT-11-BMQ Output Transformer. Jensen's best line output transformer.

Special Note

John Hardy preamps are built to order and there is a typical wait time in most cases. It's part of dealing with small and boutique companies like Hardy, quality product but lead times on most orders. We've seen wait times from 3 days to ship, to several weeks. If you must meet a deadline, please email us and we'll work to find out where your order would be in the production line.

What We Think

John Hardy preamps will have you on the way to cleaner, clearer recordings with more detail than you may be used to! Really sweet stuff. They're built-to-order and worth the couple of weeks wait. When you have a John Hardy preamp, you know that your studio and your work are now benefiting from the fastidious commitment to build quality and excellent application by John Hardy from Deane Jensen's original 990 Op Amp design.

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John Hardy M-1 2-Channel Microphone Preamp August 9, 2016
Reviewer: James Prendergast from Newmarket , NH United States  
Exquisite tool!!

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simply the best... September 22, 2014
Reviewer: Bob St. John from Pembroke Pines, FL United States  
having used these for years, i was finally able to get my own.   great customer service from dave alewife and an awesome personal touch from john hardy himself.  everyone went the extra mile to makes sure i had it for my session…and this unit sounds simply amazing!

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John Hardy M-1 2-Channel Microphone Preamp April 17, 2014
Reviewer: Robert Hasleder from Langquaid, Bavaria Germany  
The John Hardy is the first no-tube preamp I use in my studio. I own an AVALON vt 737, a Pendulum MDP-1, a Universal Audio 2-610 and a Universal Audio 610/1176 channel strip. Microphones I use are Neumann U 87 and KM 184, Brauner phantom, Mojave M 300, AKG 414 and AEA N 22. The preamps go to a RME fireface and then to a Mac Pro using Logic software. So you see it's all on the high end side of the gear world. I mostly record acoustic music (singer/songwriter, acoustic jazz, blues, celtic, fingerstyle guitar, bluegrass). Last night I had my first try and shoot out with the John Hardy M 1 recording acoustic guitar (Collings OM 2 HA deep body) using a U 87. What can I say ? The sound is clean, warm, full, right in the face - everything a decent preamp can be. I don't even miss the silken warmth of my trusty tube preamps. The M 1 will stay. I can't wait to try some more, so now I will climb two floors down to my studio recording vocals, bouzouki and mandolin .





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