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Title: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on October 31, 2019, 12:42:26 PM
I know that separate preamps have somewhat fallen out of favor with the plethora of high quality all in one recorders, but does anyone here run one of the Millennia portable preamps?  What do you think of them?  Mulling acquiring one as it can do double duty for studio recording as well.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: jcable77 on October 31, 2019, 01:11:29 PM
I was going to ask you a while back, when I noticed it was in your list of pre's, Ive been curious about em as well.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on October 31, 2019, 01:48:25 PM
I have a couple TD1s, which are transportable, but not really portable in a way that tapers would like. And they require 120v.  I’m looking at the newer smaller models that can be battery powered.  They make a single and double channel unit.  They aren’t that common, or at least I don’t see much in the way of used units for sale.  The TD1s are kind of a Swiss Army knife in that they have a single channel of transparent pre, together with tube and solid state DI, reamp, and EQ.  And the lights are festive.  The pres are nice and similar to Grace pres (another flavor of transparent).  I wouldn’t mind another pair, but thought the more taper friendly version would be more useful at this point.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: jcable77 on October 31, 2019, 04:40:22 PM
The HV32P is interesting looking. And the lights are definitely festive! Id like to hear what it can do.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on November 01, 2019, 12:12:07 PM
I’ve been looking for one at a decent price, but haven’t seen anything yet.  Mostly the usual vendors selling at the same “street” price.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: Ronmac on November 01, 2019, 12:36:11 PM
Have you considered the new Sonosax dual pre? For a couple hundred dollars more you would be getting a (subjectively) better preamp and a lot more features.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on November 01, 2019, 02:18:39 PM
Mostly I’m looking to match it up with the two TD-1s I already have so I would have 4 channels of Millennia pres.  Although I do remain interested in running separate pres since I tape openly and the only issue is power, not stealth.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: 108Ω on November 03, 2019, 05:57:21 PM
Eschews Rupert Neve's Portico ?

The HPV32 gets nice press.
DK anyone running it stage or guerilla. (yet, it seems)
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on November 03, 2019, 09:56:32 PM
Eschews Rupert Neve's Portico ?

The HPV32 gets nice press.
DK anyone running it stage or guerilla. (yet, it seems)

I have thought about a Portico from time to time.  Although I am aware of a few people who run one, I don't know of anyone running a Millennia HPV32 or even the Millennia single channel model.  If I found one for a decent price I would take the leap.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: DSatz on November 03, 2019, 10:23:52 PM
I just want to say that in the top rank of professional classical music recording, Millenia Media preamps have been considered among the most transparent for many years.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on November 04, 2019, 03:37:25 PM
I just want to say that in the top rank of professional classical music recording, Millenia Media preamps have been considered among the most transparent for many years.

That is my understanding as well.   :coolguy:  A staple for classical recordists (which I am not). I do like my TD-1s, but as I noted, above, they are more transportable than portable.  I would like the same sound in a battery powered model that I can throw in a bag.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: voltronic on November 04, 2019, 07:22:25 PM
I just want to say that in the top rank of professional classical music recording, Millenia Media preamps have been considered among the most transparent for many years.

That is my understanding as well.   :coolguy:  A staple for classical recordists (which I am not). I do like my TD-1s, but as I noted, above, they are more transportable than portable.  I would like the same sound in a battery powered model that I can throw in a bag.

I remember reading the notes for all of my favorite Telarc classical CDs, where they listed the equipment used.  The three brands that got very frequent mention were Schoeps, B&K, and Millenia.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on November 20, 2019, 01:06:27 PM
Alright.  Finally landed one.  HV-32P two channel model.  Just in time for the Holidays' run of shows.  We'll see. 
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: voltronic on November 20, 2019, 06:28:43 PM
Alright.  Finally landed one.  HV-32P two channel model.  Just in time for the Holidays' run of shows.  We'll see.

Nice.  Record something beautiful with it, and let us hear the results!
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: dogmusic on January 18, 2020, 01:03:27 PM
Alright.  Finally landed one.  HV-32P two channel model.  Just in time for the Holidays' run of shows.  We'll see.

Hello,
I'm interested in the HV-32P and wondered how you liked it and how it compares to your DAV BG1.
Thanks
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on January 18, 2020, 07:40:33 PM
Like it fine.  Very nice clean preamp.  Typical Millennia sound.   Haven’t had a chance to do a good comparison with the DAV, although that is coming up in a studio setting in a bit. Note that the Millennia is powered so as to be portable, whereas the DAV BG1 is not.  So if you are looking for something to throw in your bag and power with the usual talentcell or equivalent battery, the DAV isn’t it.  It is also kind of a an odd size, so, again, not bag friendly.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: dogmusic on January 18, 2020, 10:23:10 PM
Like it fine.  Very nice clean preamp.  Typical Millennia sound.   Haven’t had a chance to do a good comparison with the DAV, although that is coming up in a studio setting in a bit. Note that the Millennia is powered so as to be portable, whereas the DAV BG1 is not.  So if you are looking for something to throw in your bag and power with the usual talentcell or equivalent battery, the DAV isn’t it.  It is also kind of a an odd size, so, again, not bag friendly.

Great, thanks. Is the Millennia more transparent/neutral than your SD-788T? I'll be recording sounds rather than music and need an uncoloured pre.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on January 19, 2020, 12:39:15 AM
Yes, it is less colored than the 788T, not that the 788T is all that colored.  Closer to a Grace, although not exactly the same. Construction is decent, although not as bomb proof as a Grace.  Of course, Grace isn’t making preamps anymore, so you would need to track down a used one if you wanted to go in that direction. If you want portable, clean and transparent, I expect you will be fine with the Millennia.

Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: dogmusic on January 19, 2020, 10:09:31 AM
Yes, it is less colored than the 788T, not that the 788T is all that colored.  Closer to a Grace, although not exactly the same. Construction is decent, although not as bomb proof as a Grace.  Of course, Grace isn’t making preamps anymore, so you would need to track down a used one if you wanted to go in that direction. If you want portable, clean and transparent, I expect you will be fine with the Millennia.

Thanks again. I have a bid in on an Hv32p but the owner won’t budge much, so I will probably wait for another. It’s too cold here these days to do much outdoor recording anyway.
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: pohaku on January 19, 2020, 11:53:20 AM
Yeah, it took awhile before one came along at a decent price.  Ended up buying one off Reverb after negotiating with the Seller.  Good luck!
Title: Re: Millennia Preamp
Post by: dogmusic on January 19, 2020, 11:55:17 PM
Yeah, it took awhile before one came along at a decent price.  Ended up buying one off Reverb after negotiating with the Seller.  Good luck!

Thanks!