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Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp

Phoenix Audio DRS-2
Phoenix Audio DRS-2
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Product Code: 3328


Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp

The Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp is a Class A stereo microphone preamp and DI with transformerless input that gives valve-like tone.

The Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp uses a Class A output stage (DSOP-2), but also has their latest breakthrough in transformerless Class A, Discrete Mic Input Technology which gives a "valve-like" sound. It also incorporates their high input impedance DI circuitry. In the DRS series, Phoenix Audio International (UK) proves their dedication to the development of Class A discrete technology used within high build-quality equipment designed for both the professional and the home studio environment.

The Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp is the culmination of over 40 years experience designing Class A circuitry within the Audio Recording Industry. The DRS-2 was the first bespoke product to be launched by Phoenix Audio (UK) in the U.K. in November 1999, and has enjoyed an almost "cult" following ever since. The Class A output stage (TF1) was originally designed by David Rees, the designer of the famous Neve 2253 Limiter and 2254 Limiter/compressor (amongst many other designs), as a retrofit for Neve modules, and the TF1 has now been superseded by the DSOP2 output stage.

The Class A, discrete, truly balanced, transformerless microphone input stage was designed to out-perform any transformer input for frequency response, yet has all the characteristics expected in a high quality Class A design, while the discrete, Class A, high input-impedance DI stage delivers a clearer, stronger and more defined and open sound that captures all the nuances and subtleties of your instrument.

Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp Features

  • Stereo 1U unit: With 240V/110V mains voltage input selector switch
  • Class A Output specs. See the DSOP2 Specifications
  • Outputs: XLR's and TSR 1/4" Jack on rear
  • Phoenix Audio's unique Class A, transformerless, True balanced Mic input stage.
  • Microphone inputs: XLR's on Front and Rear Panels
  • Individual Earth Lift: Push-button switches

Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp Specifications

  • Gain Range (Mic input): -30 to -70 in 5dB steps With 10dB more available on the fader
  • Gain reduction: -20dB pad push-button switch (Mic input)
  • High Input Impedance DI: Mono 1/4" Jack on front panel
  • Gain Meter: LED Metering
  • Phantom Power: Switchable 48V phantom on Push-button Switches
  • High Pass Filter: on Push-button Switch
  • Phase Reverse: on Push-button Switch
  • Frequency Response Mic Input Stage: -0.4dB @ 40Hz, -0.3dB @ 25kHz
  • Frequency Response: DI Input Stage: -0.3dB @ 40Hz, - 0.5dB @ 25kHz
  • Typical Headroom: +24dB on Mic-Pre stage
  • DI Stage gain: Maximum of 20dB

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What We Think - Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Review

"The Phoenix Audio DRS-2 Microphone Preamp is a unique design that combines two design techniques that are essentially polar opposites from one another on opposite ends of the signal path. Input is transformerless for a clean and undistorted image of what is being presented by the microphone. This contributes to a nice and open sound - something akin (practically indistinguishable from the Forssell pre). However, the Class A stage complete with large output transformer is much like that which you would find in a vintage Neve preamplifier/EQ module - seems fitting seeing that designer Shaun Leveque's history is mainly servicing pre-1980 Neve consoles. However, it's important to note that it's not a Neve in sound. It's a delightfully different sound. More open and dimensional in a way... think of it as having the front-to-back dimension of a tube circuit while also having the ability to lean on the output transformer more to gain a little softer saturation to sweeten the sound up some. The trick is to start with the input knob (the stepped, large knob) all the way down and adjust the output (small knob) to taste. Rarely if ever will you run the input set higher than three... at least that's what I've found in my experience. But within that range you'll have brought more signal through the circuit to rest on the output transformer, thus resulting in more lush tones. Adjust the input a click or two to either enhance or decrease it's affect on the original signal. This basic design tenets follow throughout the whole of the Phoenix line where the DSOP-2 Class-A output stage is the key to the Phoenix Audio sonic signature. A wonderful sounding preamplifier for anyone looking for big open tracks that you are looking to feature, the Phoenix Audio DRS-1 is a must-have addition to your studio."

- Front End Audio

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