The Avedis Audio MA5 have a full and open sound is due to a rich harmonic content, particularly in the very low frequencies- even down to, and below, 10Hz.
The MA5 was created to fill the need for a high-quality microphone preamplifier with the characteristic sound of early '70s British Class-A consoles. The re-engineering in the creation of the MA5 stemmed from years of experience restoring both American and British modules, deeply rooted in classic transformer-balanced, discrete electronics. Only the best and most suitable components are used throughout, regardless of cost, to attain the best sound.
Over a year was spent on the MA5- not only on the engineering side of the design, but also in extensive sound evaluation with observation of specific settings, gain structures, and key components.
We have always believed that our ears' sensitivity coupled with experienced judgment of sound is still unparalleled- even with some of the best audio test analyzers which we own and use. In the end, it is our ears we are trying to satisfy.
The MA5's full and open sound is due to a rich harmonic content, particularly in the very low frequencies- even down to, and below, 10Hz. The clear mids and smooth highs come through without sounding dull or smeared.
Standard 500 series modular size 1.5" x 5.25"
Single-ended Class A amplifier
UK made Carnhill/St Ives input transformer
Custom designed Jensen output transformer
Stepped gain rotary switch in 5dB steps
Output level pot for trim and mute
LED lit pushbuttons
28kHz feature brings out high frequency detail
Custom made Marconi style knobs: Red gain knob
High headroom & CMR, Low noise design
Frequency Response : <10Hz to -3dB at 67kHz Input Impedance : 1250 ohms Output Impedance : <75 ohms, bias variable Common Mode Rejection Ratio : >100dB min @ 60Hz Maximum Output Level : +32.2 dBu @ 100K, +27 dBu @ 600 bias variable Power Requirements : ±16 vdc @ 75mA per rail Gain Voltage: 0 to 33.4 Volts Gain dB : 0 to 71.2 dB Equivalent Input Noise : 110 dBu; Unweighted 300kHz bandwidth Weight : 2.7 lbs / 1.13kg
I was on the look-out for a great, musically warm preamp to complete the rather 'cleaner sounding' selection of preamps I have. Many online reviews were pointing to this preamp as being of really high quality (it seems the whole Avedis line of product fits that category). Reviews didn't disappoint. This turns out to be a really great preamp. Warmth is amazing and the 28K switch just kicks some of those sources forward in a hi-fi, yet still really musical way.
Beware though, you might be tempted to get a pair of them!
May 25, 2015
Perfect for nice smooth vocals. Does the Neve thing in a Modern kind of way. Thickens up the Low end and adds some nice neve flavour in the top end.
Tracked Vocals, Acoustics and drums through it. All with great results. The 28K air band lets acoustic and snares sparkle. All round great Mic pre.
Was my first Mic pre when I bought it and is still my go to for vocals.