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ViPre, John Hardy M1 or Manley VoxBox?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by motz, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. motz

    motz Guest

    I know the prices for these range from about $1,500 to $3,600... but I'm not asking to compare the units based on price...

    Which is the best all around pre for vocals, acoustic and/or bass guitar?
    The Hardy M1 would be with the optional output transformer installed.

    I've read up on everything I can find but want to hear from actual experience... please.

    I'm asking those of you who have a thought or opinion based on experience with one or all of these.

  2. Johnson Cabasa

    Johnson Cabasa Active Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    the pendulum audio quartet is the best of all of those for under 3000
  3. motz

    motz Guest

    It just occurred to me that I might be creating the confusion :oops: by looking for something in one piece of equipment that applies to two completely separate needs. Wanting a mic preamp for vocals and a preamp for instruments. Maybe there's no such thing?

    The Hardy reads as if it might be the perfect vocal pre... then again, so does the ViPre; with it's switchable possibilities. The Manley appears to be more for instrument signals... but (really) I don't know; it might be perfect for both. The Pendulum seems to be comparable to the Manley more-so than to the ViPre or the Hardy.

    So, I did. I created the confusion. Or did I? I'm trying to find out about new equipment and now I'm not sure if I've asked you to compare apples to oranges.
  4. motz

    motz Guest

    wow... now what?
    Oh, yeah...

    Which preamp… ViPre, Manley or Hardy… would you prefer (on either a vocal or instrument signal) if the De-Esser, Compressor and EQ were bypassed?
  5. motz

    motz Guest

    Well I appreciate the reads and the one suggestion of the Pendulum but I'm slowly coming to the conclusion this may not be the place to ask the question in the first place. It all comes down to personal preference, personal experience and opinions anyway; after all, this isn't Mix Online!

    There's more information in reading, talking to live people who have used the equipment and have some tales to tell... and, of course, trying some of it out. This is a great place to begin searching, to get pointed in any number of directions to any number of great products but not where definitive answers can be found. There's nothing wrong with that and it's probably better in the long run.

    So, anyway I know what I'm getting... I'm sure some people were holding their breath on that... go ahead, breathe. :wink:
  6. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Since all three units are quite capable and are also quite different from one another, any one of them could be the perfect unit or could not be the perfect unit. More people didn't bother to answaer because the question is subjective and there is NO right or best answer. You seem to be on the right track in that only YOU can answer the question.
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