The ZDT Zero Distortion Preamplifier series

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

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    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

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    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.)

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  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    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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