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Avalon M5

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.

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.

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.

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
  • Specifications
    Circuit Topology
    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

    Input Attenuator
    -20dB resistive pre transformer primary, sealed silver relay

    Phantom Power
    +48v regulated 50mA capability, sealed silver relay

    High Pass Filter
    Passive, variable from 30Hz to 185Hz @ 6dB per octave, sealed silver relay

    Polarity Reverse
    Sealed silver relay on microphone input

    Gain Range Input
    +20dB to +64dB in 2dB steps

    Maximum Output Level
    +30dB unbalanced 600 ohms, DC coupled, discrete symmetrical Pure Class A

    Output Type
    XLR connector, pin 2 hot (optional balanced JT-1 transformer)

    Noise EIN Unweighted
    -126dB 150 ohm

    Noise 20kHz Unweighted

    Distortion THD, IMD
    0.05% nominal

    Frequency Response -3dB
    1Hz to 120kHz transformer limit

    System Bandwidth
    DC to 1MHz

    Output Meter
    High quality, illuminated analog VU meter 0dB = +4dB

    Peak Meter
    Bi-color LED's 0dB and +20dB peak detection circuit

    M5 Dimensions
    8.5 x 3.5 x 12 in (216 x 88 x 305mm) half rack width

    15lbs (6.8kg)

    Dimensions of Shipping Carton
    24 x 21.5 x 7.5 in (610 x 546 x 190mm)

    25lbs (11.4kg) includes B2T power supply and cables.

    AC power supply B2T
    External toroidal 100V to 240V, 50-60Hz selectable, 150 watts maximum.

    1 x 8ft 4 pin ac cable, 1 x 8ft standard IEC cable included.

    5 x 7 x 3.25 in (127 x 177 x 83mm)

    7lbs (3.2kg)

    Rack mount kit (1) RM-1
    Single M5 19 inch rack mount kit (holds one half rack unit)

    Rack mount kit (2) RM-2
    Dual M5 19 inch rack mount kit (holds two half rack units)
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    Additional information
    For more information about the M5, please visit the website of Avalon
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