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Rupert Neve Designs 5211 2-Channel Microphone Pre-Amplifier
  • Rupert Neve Designs 5211 2-Channel Microphone Pre-Amplifier
  • Rupert Neve Designs 5211 2-Channel Microphone Pre-Amplifier
  • Rupert Neve Designs 5211 2-Channel Microphone Pre-Amplifier
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Rupert Neve Designs 5211 2-Channel Microphone Pre-Amplifier

Manufacturer: Rupert Neve Designs

Item #: RUP-5211   •   MFG #: 5211


Our Price:$1,995.00

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    Simple and elegant, the 5211 is the natural evolution of what is arguably the most famous gear in audio recording history: Rupert Neve's microphone preamps. With two channels of the classic tone you know and love, 72dB of gain, sweepable high-pass filters for precise control, and the power of Mr. Rupert Neve's dual-tap transformers with variable Silk saturation, the 5211 delivers a versatile, flattering, and uncompromising front end for any signal path. In short, it's everything a mic preamp should be.

    History and Evolution
    The very first product from Rupert Neve Designs was the beloved 5012 Duo Mic Preamp, and the 5211 represents a dramatic evolution of the 5012's features, circuit design and form factor, all brought together with the custom output transformer from the flagship Shelford Channel.

    First amongst the updates is the addition of variable Silk, which saturates the class-A output stage in the way that only a Rupert Neve Design can. This dials the harmonic content up to and beyond that of Rupert's classic designs, while still providing the option of a pristine, open & modern sound when disengaged. The amplifier circuity has also been refined and updated with higher voltage +/-21V rails for improved signal-to-noise ratio, superb headroom and tremendous dynamic range -- a hallmark of Rupert's evolved designs over the last several decades.

    Complementing the Silk circuit is the custom-designed output transformer from the renowned Shelford Channel, which uses Rupert Neve Designs' dual-tap output topology. This offers both full-headroom (+26dBu) and -6dB outputs, allowing the engineer to drive the unit fully into classic transformer saturation without clipping converters and other devices later in the chain. The 19" 1U chassis provides the space required for a robust internal auto-switching power supply, which provides ample, stable power anywhere in the world. Finally, the faceplate has been powder-coated in the distinctive "Shelford" color for an unmistakably classic look.

    The "Best of Both Worlds" Design
    Unlike the Shelford Channel, which uses a mic input transformer for a more vintage topology, the 5211's input is fully transformerless, maximizing signal clarity direct from the microphone. Combined with the more extreme saturation from both variable Silk and the custom output transformer's lower-headroom tap, the 5211 is capable of producing tones ranging from thick & warm to breathtakingly delicate & clear. It's the best of old and new alike.

    • Features

      • Mic Gain - A 12-way precision rotary switch controls gain from 0 to 66 dB in 6 dB steps.
      • Trim - Continuously variable +/-6 dB level control.
      • Level Meter - An eight-segment LED bar-graph meter displays output level (pre-Silk). from -30 dBu to +22 dBu.
      • Polarity - Reverses the polarity of the input signal.
      • High Pass Filter - Continuously variable from 20Hz to 250 Hz, and engaged with the HPF button.
      • Phantom Power - Provides 48V phantom power to microphones.
      • -6dB Output - A secondary split off the output transformer with a lower headroom, designed to allow engineers to fully drive the output of the 5211 without clipping converters and other devices.
    • Specifications

      • Gain Steps Position Gain / (dB)
        1 (Fully CCW) / 0
        2 / 6
        3 / 12
        4 / 18
        5 / 24
        6 / 30
        7 / 36
        8 / 42
        9 / 48
        10 / 54
        11 / 60
        12 (Fully CW) / 66
      • Input Impedance: 8900 Ohms
      • Maximum Input Level (at 1kHz): +26 dBu

        Noise Un-weighted, 22Hz-22kHz, 150 Ohm input termination
      • Line Out (Unity Gain): -104 dBV, -101.9 dBu
      • -6dB Line Out (Unity Gain): -109 dBV, -107 dBu
      • Line Out (+30dB Gain): -98 dBV, -96 dBu
      • Line Out (+66dB Gain): -66 dBV, -64 dBu
      • Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -128 dBV, -126 dBu
      • Frequency Response: -0.2 dB at 10Hz, -2.9 dB at 120kHz

        Maximum Output Level
      • 1kHz +26.5 dBu
      • 20Hz to 30kHz +26 dBu
        Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise:
      • 1kHz, +20dBu O/P level, no load: 0.0015%, typical
      • 20Hz, +20dBu O/P level, no load: less than 0.02%, typical
        Total Harmonic Distortion and Noise with SILK Engaged:
      • TEXTURE fully CCW, 100Hz, +20dBu O/P level, no load: 0.03%, mostly 3rd harmonic
      • TEXTURE fully CW, 100Hz, +20dBu O/P level, no load: 1.5%, mostly 2nd harmonic
      • Power Consumption: 35 W (Max)
      • Shipping Weight: 11 lbs. (5 kg)
      • Shipping Dimensions: 23" (W) x 15" (D) x 7" (H) / 58.4 cm (W) x 38.1 cm (D) x 17.8 cm (H)

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