Secondary "Clean" preamps
Looking for 4-8 clean professional quality preamps to compliment my everyday Daking Mic Pre's.
I'm thinking along the lines of the new A-Design 500 series, but I don't want to have to buy a lunch box to use them?
$750 per channel budget
Would you consider a the ISA's a "professional" sounding preamp?
Good suggestions so far. Add the Sytek 4 channel unit to the list. A pair of those will run well under $2k. Of course, there the Millennia Media HV 8 channel, used or new is well under your budget.
ChrisH, post: 387996 wrote: I've summed it down to ether a ISA 828, Sytek MPX4, or DAV MKII.
What are the sonic characteristic differences?
FWIW, I've owned the DAV BG2 and the ISA428. Both were sold.
The DAV is indeed transparent, but didn't have the power to drive two separate outputs per channel (which I needed as a requirement). Also, I found the construction to be subpar. The price and the overall sound quality was good though.
The ISA was a great unit, but there's something about the sound that I could never get right. It was clean, but never sat well in a mix for me.
I'm a huge fan of the True Systems P8 (which fits your price range) as well as the Grace and Buzz. The True stuff is truly "clean and clear." The Grace and Buzz both have a very smooth cleanliness that has to be heard to be understood. All have headroom to spare!