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.

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Product Specifications

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) 

Customer Reviews

Eric Submitted: 10/9/2018
Product Rating

Great addition to my home studio.
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I love it for many reasons but the main reason I purchased the central station was for the flexibility. I have everything running to it...
Toloria King Submitted: 7/22/2018
Product Rating
I love this product!!!
What is your opinion of this product?
American Musical has really changed my production progress with their payment plan. This product helps me mix and master music. It came very fast too!
David Submitted: 4/10/2018
Product Rating
Perfect! Exactly the piece I needed to complete my setup.
What is your opinion of this product?
So far, so good. Love the functionality.
Woody Submitted: 4/24/2016
Product Rating
Keeps things neat
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 P Submitted: 11/25/2014
Product Rating
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.
Floyd Wilcox from Canyon Country, CA Submitted: 8/1/2013
Product Rating

Its decent!
Your general opinion of this product.
Its a decent unit. After owning a Dangerous D-Box I don't like this unit nearly as much as I did prior. For the money its ok. You get what you pay for pretty much.
Its not as rock solid as I would like it to be. It almost cheesey in its construction, particularly the buttons and knobs. Once again, you get what you pay for.
Its easy to use. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to use it. Its designed for beginners.
I like the remote unit but it too is cheesey in its construction.
The sound is decent for the money. I would not consider it Pro grade gear but good for serious beginners.
It worked. Lol!
Unhappy PreSonus User from Bainbridge, Georgia USA Submitted: 1/30/2013
Product Rating

Not made well AT ALL. I am about to have to get my 6th unit. My studio DEPENDS on this, and unfortunately, the features and sound quality make it such that, I cannot function without this unit, however, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE BUYING IT. I wish I had never centered my audio routing infrastructure around this unit, because now, I have a work flow that has THIS UNIT as a weak link, and like clock work, the unit will go bad, predictably and reliably. Pretty bad when you can only depend on the unit GOING BAD. IF you DO buy it, WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT TURN IT OFF, because when you turn it back on, the METERS WILL NOT WORK. PreSonus makes such a big deal about how great the metering and calibration capability is, but, bottom line, if the meters FAIL after your FIRST SESSION, and you turn it on the next day when you come back in to work, and you've got NO METERING, THAT IS A PROBLEM!!! Design flaw, BIGTIME...
Audio quality and feature set / audio routing capability are AMAZING...Too bad the meters die after the first session...
Super easy to use...Self explanatory...Until you spend all night scratching your head trying to sweet talk, cajole, beg and pray for the meters to start working again, as you toggle the unit on and off, over and over again, hoping that by some miracle, the meters will begin working again...
Excellent sound quality...
Reliability is NON-EXISTENT. What you can RELY on is the METERS FAILING...
Your general opinion of this product.
Pretty obvious at this point what I think...Don't buy it...If I had it all to do over again, I would have done a different studio design so as to NOT HAVE to use this unit, and the INSTANT I find a unit with the SAME routing features, mountable in one rack space, so that I don't have to change my speaker and monitoring scenario, I will be pulling this unit out of service and throwing it in the river...or maybe make a YouTube video of me setting it on fire, or shooting it with my 9mm, or bombing it with an M-80 or something...SERIOUSLY!!! 5 units ALL gone bad with the SAME EXACT PROBLEM - DEAD METERS...Do we not smell the engineering flaw here?


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