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Summit Audio 2BA-221 Mic & Line Module

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21 years 2 months
Does anyone have any hands on experience with this new Mic Pre. I have been very impressed by the RNP and was just about to buy one when I was offered this Summit Audio unit for the same price($475). The two are apples to oranges but both sound very intriguing. The Summit is only a single channel as oppose to the RNP. Also the Summit is a tube mic pre. I am unsure whether that means a true tube based preamp or one of these solid state types with a tube circuit built on top. If anyone has any further insight I would appreciate it. :confused:


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19 years 5 months

Kurt Foster Mon, 02/24/2003 - 09:22
Congratulations on a great purchase. I am confident that you will be very pleased with this piece of gear.

Here is a link to Summit.

This is some very cool gear. It is manufactured in the USA by folks who know how to drive a car. Some stuff is made in third world countries by folks who ride to the factory in a cart pulled by a water buffalo. Since we live in the USA you are free to draw your own conclusions. I love the knobs and the layout of this thing. It speaks of quality. … IMO it is going to be hard to find something better in the under $500 range. The Suggested list on these puppies is $695, so I would say you got a good deal. Well over the mandatory 30% discount I request whenever I make a purchase.

I went to the site and picked this up. It may be of some help.…………… Fats

“2BA-221 continuously variable impedance microphone preamp from Summit Audio. Featuring microphone level, line level, and Hi-Z instrument inputs, the 2BA-221 utilizes separate and individually controlled solid state input controls to mix the microphone input with the Hi-Z or line input into the variable vacuum tube output. Mix them together through the 12AX7A/ECC83 vacuum tube output or separately through individual solid state outputs. The 2BA-221 also features a stackable input design; multiple 2BA-221's can be linked together to form a modular mixing device with individual outs, inserts per channel, and a final vacuum tube gain stage. Its swept high pass filter, multiple simultaneous tube and solid state outputs, insert jack, and internal power supply makes the 2BA-221 a powerful tracking and mixing tool.”

· Variable Mic input impedance from 100 ohms to 10K ohms
· Variable Highpass Filter
· Hi-Z Instrument, Line, and Mic Level Input
· Hi-Z input and Mic input available simultaneously with separate gain controls
· Separate solid state and tube outputs
· Insert Jack
· Stackable with more 2BA-221's
· ½ Rack Size
· 3 Year Warranty
· XLR and ¼" outputs and inputs
· Three variable, independent gain stages

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Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.