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The ZDT Zero Distortion Preamplifier series

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by audiokid, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    These look excellent. I've never had the opportunity but hope to grab a chance to try anything in this series.


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUWCekyoiME



    http://www.earthworksaudio.com/products/preamps/
     
  2. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    Not all that crazy about the first acoustic guitar sound,( am I the only one who noticed just a touch of phasing?) but the piano was gorgeous, and the acoustic guitar with the Telefunken mic really let the mic's character come through.

    I would have liked to hear it on vocals, and, maybe it's just me, but a varying impedance feature may have served it well.

    That being said, I'd say, based upon viewing this, and listening, that if you are looking for an ultra-transparent pre, this EW model would certainly be one to take a serious look at.

    $1000 for a single channel pre may seem a bit over the top to some, but if an ultra-clean gain chain is what you are after, then I think the price tag is fair, and competitive.

    ( FWIW - This type of transparency is what attracted me to the Grace m101 that we've been discussing in another related thread regarding transparent pres.)

    d.
     
  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    This combo sounded really good to me as well. I tend to like tube mics with clean preamps. Its like having a clean canvas, clean brush to paint detailed colours.

    That acoustic guitar is a poor personal choice to me but being a guitarist, I appreciate how true, open and fast the pre and mic is regardless.
    I hear it like it was right in front of me, in that room. This sounds accurate considering youtube as well so I'm not really focusing on phasiness.
    The piano. (y)

    I love these big open preamps.

    A Grace is on my list too.
     

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