Phoenix Audio: DRS-2 - Stereo Class A Microphone Pre-Amplifier/DI

Phoenix Audio is dedicated 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 DRS-2 Mic-Pre/DI uses our well proven and loved Class A output stage (DSOP-2) coupled with our custom wound output transformer, but also has our latest breakthrough in transformerless Class A, Discrete Mic Input Technology which gives a “valve-like” sound. It also incorporates our high input impedance DI circuitry.



The DRS-2 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 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and 2254 Limiter/compressor (amongst many other designs), as a retrofit for Neve modules, and the TF1 has now been superseded by the DSOP2 output stage.  

Front Pannel:

Rear Pannel:

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.  

Specifications:

Stereo 1U unit: With 240V/110V mains voltage input selector switch  
Class A Output specs. See our DSOP2 Specifications!! 
Outputs: XLR’s and TSR 1/4″ Jack on rear 
Phoenix Audio’s unique Class A, transformerless, True balanced Mic input stage. 
Phoenix Audio’s custom wound output transformer. 
Microphone inputs: XLR’s on Front and Rear Panels 
Individual Earth Lift: Push-button switches 
Gain Range (Mic input): -30 to -70 in 5dB steps With 10dB more available on the fader 
Gain reduction: -30dB push-button Mic/Line 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 
All units are wired with PTFE silver military grade cable 

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