It does have enough gain to drive ribbons and dynamic mics. Actually, you are right. $645 for two channels of high gain, low noise preamp is pretty decent. One channel of a typical 500 format preamp generally runs about that or more. Interesting. It is very cool that people design and manufacture this kind of stuff for our niche market. I am interested to hear a real word review. Lord knows I don't own enough preamps.
Mics: akg c460 (ck61, ck63), c414buls, c568eb; at4049a, 4051a, 4053a, at853; josephson c42; neumann U87, km84i; beyer m130, m160, m500; aea r84; gefell m71, mt711s, m200, m201; sony c38; schoeps cmc6, CMBI (mk4, mk21, mk41, mk4v); sennheiser mkh40, md421, md431, md541
Pres: API, a-designs, pendulum, purple, millennia, gt, littlebox, tinybox, usbpre2, CA 9200, pipsqueak, pueblo pending
Cables: KCY, CMR, Naiant AKG actives, PFAs, asst. GAKables and Darktrain
Recorders/converters: dr680, m10, dr-2d, d50, dr70d, zoom f8, lynx aurora 8
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