PreSonus Central Station Plus Studio Monitor Controller wRemote

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    Product Description

    An updated edition of Presonus' Central Station, the Central Station Plus is the ultimate studio-monitoring interface for the modern digital studio. Featuring three sets of stereo analog inputs to switch between input sources including DAW, mixer, CD/DAT/Tape player, or keyboards/samplers, the Central Station Plus offers two stereo analog inputs that feature TRS balanced connectors while the third stereo input utilizes RCA inputs with trim control for level matching of input signals.

    The Central Station Plus accommodates two digital inputs via S/PDIF or TOSLINK optical optical providing D/A conversion up to 24Bit/192kHz. This allows you to monitor DAW and CD/DAT outputs through the same professional quality converter for the most accurate A/B comparison and highest quality monitoring environment. The digital to analog converter offers the highest possible audio quality with over 117dB dynamic range and ultra high quality analog circuitry.

    Presonus Central Station Plus Features

    • 3 sets of stereo analog and 2 sets of S/PDIF digital inputs
    • 3 sets of stereo speaker outputs
    • Main and Cue sections with input-select switch and output-level control
    • Aux-input level control
    • Mute, Dim (-20 dB), and mono switches 
    • 2 headphone outputs with dual-function volume controls
    • Passive audio path: no op amps or IC's in main audio path
    • Onboard talkback microphone and Talkback microphone input
    • Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering
    • Includes Control Station Remote (CSR-1) Main Volume
    The Presonus Central Station Plus features three sets of monitor outputs, each with their own set of passive trim controls. The monitoring section also provides MUTE, DIM and MONO switches. In addition, the Central Station Plus includes a set of CUE outputs that can feed headphone amplifiers and a separate stereo MAIN line level output.

    The Central Station Plus features a PURELY PASSIVE SIGNAL PATH for ultimate sonic performance. The main audio path of the Central Station Plus uses no amplifier stages including op amps or active IC's (integrated circuits) that add noise, color, distortion, and give that pinched sound. Distortion produced by op amps and IC's also gives added ear fatigue.

    Signal routing in the Central Station Plus is acheived utilzing 34 sealed mechanical relays (instead of active IC's) maintaining a minimal signal path design wherein extraneous electronics are hard-wire bypassed. Using relays ensures the most transparent signal path maximizing dynamic range, frequency range, and headroom, while minimizing noise and coloration. The Central Station Plus uses the highest quality passive components including military grade 1% tolerance metal film resistors, multi-element potentiometers and ultra-durable connectors to deliver the highest sonic performance.

    The Central Station Plus features dual fast-acting 30-segment peak/hold LED's for accurate metering. The front panel of the Central Station Plus includes both dBu and dBfs scale as well as peak/hold clear switch and meter alignment switch for addtional metering options.

    The Central Station Plus has an onboard TALKBACK microphone which is routed through the CUE outputs for communication between artist and engineer. The Central Station Plus also includes a Microphone XLR input on the rear panel for use with an external microphone. When Talkback is used the CUE mix is automatically dimmed for added ease of communication.

    Product Specifications
    Presonus Central Station Plus Studio Monitor Controller Specifications

    Audio Inputs:
    • TRS1 and 2
      • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Passive-Balanced
      • Input Impedance: 2K-5K Ohm (Speaker load and Trim level dependent) 
      • S/N Ratio: Greater than 140dB 
      • THD+N: Less than .0005% (1KHz @ 0dBu) 
      • Frequency Response: Greater than 1MHz 
    • AUX 
      • Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced 
      • Input Impedance: 8Kohm 
      • S/N Ratio: Greater than 115dB (1KHz @ 0dBu, Unity gain) 
      • THD+N: Less than .002% (1KHz @ 0dBu, Unity gain) 
      • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB 
      • Gain Range: -90dB to +20dB 
    • S/PDIF 
      • Types: RCA 75Ohm-coax and Toslink optical 
      • Dynamic Range: 117dB 
      • THD+N: 0.0025% (1KHz @ -1dBfs) 
      • Maximum output: +18dBu (Active-Balanced) 
      • Sample Rates: 44.1K, 48K, 88.2K, 96K, 176.4K, 192K 

    Note: All Input specifications (except Input Impedance) measured at Speaker A output, Trim and Main Level set to maximum.

    Audio Outputs
    • Speakers
      • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Passive-Balanced 
      • Type-Mono Activated: 1/4 inch TRS Active-Impedance Balanced 
      • Trim Range: -90dB to 0dB 
      • Main Level Range: -90dB to 0dB 
      • Dim Attenuation: -30dB 
    • Main 
      • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Active-Balanced 
      • Output Impedance: 51Ohm 
      • THD+N: Less than 0.0025% 
      • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB 
    • Cue 
      • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Active-Impedance Balanced 
      • Output Impedance: 51Ohm 
      • THD+N: Less than .003% (1KHz @ 0dBu) 
      • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, -.5dB 
      • Gain Range: -90dB to 0dB 
      • Dim Attenuation: -30dB (Talkback activated) 
    • Headphones 
      • Type: 1/4 inch TRS Active Stereo 
      • Maximum Output: 150mW/channel @ 60 Ohm load 
      • THD+N: 0.015% (150mW/channel @ 60 Ohm load) 
      • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50KHz, +1dB 
    • Dynamic Microphone Input
      • Type: XLR Female Balanced 
      • Input Impedance: 2400 Ohm 
    • Internal Microphone:
      • Type: Electret Condenser 
      • Sensitivity: -42dB 
    • Mic Preamp: Gain Range 15-55dB 
    Input Meters
    • Type: Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold 
    • Range: -48dB to +18dB (-66dBfs to 0dBfs) 
    • Accuracy: Better than .25dB 
    • Frequency Range: 10Hz-22KHz 
    • Calibrate Range: +/- 18dB 
    Power Supply
    • Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear 
    • Power Consumption: 40VA 
    • Main Chassis
      • Package Type 1U - steel chassis 
      • Dimensions 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches 
      • Weight 5.0lbs 
    • External Power Supply (factory configured)
      • Package Type: Molded Plastic 
      • Dimensions: 2.5(W) X 2.3(H) X 4.0(D) inches 
      • Weight: 2.5lbs 
    CSR-1 Control Station Remote
    • Dimensions: .38 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches 
    • Weight: 1.25 lbs. 
    • Cable: 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male) 
    Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
    Phone:  225-216-7887 Warranty:  New Products: 1 Year. B-stock: 90 Days.
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    Keeps things neat
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    What is your opinion of this product?
    I like it because all the speaker wires are attach to rack unit which leave controller more flexibility to move around
    Steve Perakis
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    Good value.
    What is your opinion of this product?
    Clean sounding and flexible. 5 months after installing and still functioning properly. The enclosure gets pretty warm so probably should plan to leave space for airflow in your rack. My only complaint is the volume pot on the remote has a lot of play, no audible problem with it yet, but it does not feel solid like the one on the rack piece.
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