The Avalon M5 Pure Class A microphone preamplifier is the most musical, low noise full function preamplifier available today.
Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity and musical performance, the M5 combines an advanced transformer input stage with twin high performance Class A cascode FET and bipolar discrete amplifiers for sonic excellence unequaled by lesser designs. The M5 is ideal for vocal and acoustic instruments, active DI input for the direct recording of bass, guitars and keyboards.
Features include state-of-the-art, balanced 100% discrete, Pure Class A signal amplifiers, practical user features and rugged hardware designed to deliver true high performance audio for many years.
DESIGNED FOR ULTIMATE MUSIC RECORDING
Avalon preamplifiers have been in use since 1986. They have found their way into the world's most famous lead vocalists recording sessions and studios and been featured on thousands of the best selling (and sounding) albums and live performances.
MINIMUM SIGNAL PATH DESIGN
Avalon's advanced true symmetry design offers high-voltage, large headroom, extended bandwidth and very low noise. The use of 100% discrete, Pure Class A signal amplifiers give the serious music professional unlimited sonic character and a natural harmonic detail that enhances the program material and becomes one with the music itself.
VOCALISTS DREAM MACHINE
The M5 microphone preamplifier is the first choice when you are looking to capture a full bodied, dynamic, musical performance from the intimate depths within the artist. The M5 will make your recordings musical masterpieces!
Pure Class A, 100% discrete design
Smooth musical detail and sonic excellence
Minimum audio signal path
High performance input transformer
Microphone and Hi-Z inputs to +36dB
Very low noise -126dB
High headroom +30dB
Gain switched in 2dB steps to +64dB
DC coupled Pure Class A output
Large illuminated professional VU meter
Twin LED peak signal indicators
Regulated +48v phantom power supply
Low distortion less than 0.5% THD and IMD
Variable passive high pass (bass cut) filter
All signal routing with sealed silver relays
Twin cascode FET and bipolar low level input signal stages. High-voltage, 100% discrete, symmetrical high-bias Pure Class A amplifiers
Input Type and Load
Superior transformer, balanced low-ratio 1500 ohm input load
Maximum Mic Level
+36dB balanced XLR pin 2 hot (with -20dB passive attenuator)
Maximum Instrument Level
+30dB balanced 600 ohms, DC coupled, discrete Class A
-20dB resistive pre transformer primary, sealed silver relay