Heritage Audio RAM System 5000
The RAM System 5000 is a 5.1 surround monitor controller rackmount system with remote control and talkback
Standing for Reference Audio Monitoring systems, this whole new line is the result of more than 2 years of intensive, full time R&D at the Heritage Audio Headquarters.
With audiophile grade sound quality in mind and sets of features custom tailored for studios of all kinds, sizes and budgets, the R.A.M. systems share the same state of the art technology and core analog audio path, from the smallest brother, the RAM System 500, to the full featured, 5.1 ready, RAM System 5000.
All 3 products employ relay switching all the way through as their working principle, including the 64 step relay ladder attenuator system employed for the master level, only previously found in the mega expensive units.
Also present is the acclaimed HA Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices.
A classic look, with massive red knob for easily dialing of the 64 steps of attenuation, rounds the pack.
The RAM Systems finally makes mastering grade monitoring affordable.
- 64 step, relay ladder attenuator based, master volume control in 1dB steps.
- All gold plated relay based switching of every function, including inputs and outputs.
- Burr Brown, state of the art analog circuitry, used throughout for the lowest noise and distortion, and highest transparency technology can deliver nowadays.
- Ultra high current, high level, audiophile quality headphone amplifiers, able to drive any headphones - high or low impedance- to deafening levels without any coloration or noise.
- Consists on a wireless remote and a main rack mounted unit with classic look.
- Talkback is also wireless!
- All functions on high quality illuminated engraved buttons.
- Configurable for 5.1 or stereo use. Unit is 5.1 ready without buying any external add ons!
- 4 pairs of balanced +4 analog inputs in Stereo mode
- 1 5.1 input plus an additional stereo +4 analog input in stereo mode.
- 1 pair of unbalanced inputs in RCA connectors.
- Wolfon WM8741 24 bit/192 Khz DAC ( still the best!) selectable between AES/EBU, SPDIF and Toslink ( picture shows it optional, final unit is included)
- Bluetooth pro audio quality INPUT for easy mobile device integration.
- 4 pairs of CUE inputs on DSUB connectors, for making specific cue mixes to musicians.
- 1 5.1 OUTPUT plus 2 more stereo ones in 5.1 mode.
- 5 pairs of stereo outputs in stereo mode.
- Independent MIX output, which follows Input, pre fader.
- Independent Subwoofer output for easily sharing it between different speaker pairs, including the 5.1 one.
- MUTE/ SOLO functions for all the individual speakers.
- 2 User assignable preset levels for easy recalling of common settings.
- MUTE, DIM, MONO and PHASE REVERSE functions available.
- 2 high current, diamond buffer based, headphone amplifiers. Source selectable between mix and cue signals.
- Remote includes a long life battery, rechargeable via USB cable. Main unit includes a charging dock.
September 4, 2021
The Audio quality is not an issue and that's the most important thing.The connectivity is great and it works for a modern studio environment, I was able to connect everything I needed. I have a 5.1 + 2 stereo outputs, one cue for tracking that is different from my main speaker out and I'm also using the digital input. Read more
There was even an output I could use to feed my old analog meters. Now, for the ugly: The main volume knob is 100% plastic and looks and feels terrible. Since it doesn't follow the stepped attenuator's stages, there's even a position (at a very low level) where the unit doesnt know on which step to rest and goes back and forth. The most ridiculous thing to me it the fact that you can't connect all the DB25 connectors in the back of the unit without removing the chassis of one of the connectors, there's just no way it'll physically fit, they are way too close together. The built-in talkback mic is also unusable, the button is right by the mic so when you press it, it makes this insanely loud "pop" in your talent's headphones. There is also a very annoying delay when you talk through it caused by the "wireless" connection of the remote. That is also a flaw, who needs a wireless remote in a studio? It should at the very least give you the option of connecting it via ethernet or something. I do like the shape of the remote, fits nicely on a desk.
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