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PreSonus Central Station Plus

 73,300.00  66,000.00

  • Passive Monitoring Controller with 5 Independent Analog and Digital I/O Sources and Remote Control
  • S/PDIF coax or TOSlink digital input
  • Two balanced TRS jacks and two RCA inputs with trim control
  • D/A conversion up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Dual fast-acting 30-segment digital LED meters
  • Two headphone outputs, MUTE, DIM, INPUT select, CUE select and OUTPUT select
  • Optional remote control for talkback, mute, dim, and I/O selection
  • Included CSR-1 remote control brings monitor management to your desktop

Description

You mostly monitor on near-fields, but occasionally switch to big main speakers or a second set of near-fields. You need to be able to switch between multiple sources and want to hear what your mix sounds like with and without subwoofer. You want to monitor straight from digital sources as well as analog. And you don’t want cables cluttering your workspace in order to achieve all that.

The PreSonus Central Station Plus is the perfect monitoring “hub” for your studio! With five stereo inputs (two digital and three analog) and three outputs, each providing the purest possible signal path, the Central Station is where all your audio sources can converge for high quality monitoring. And with the included CSR-1 remote control, you’ll never need to leave your mix position to manage your monitoring.

A Wide Variety of Input and Output Options
With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources. Two stereo S/PDIF digital sources connect via one coax and one Toslink optical port. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker—recessed to avoid accidents.

You also get a pair of line-level main outputs, a pair of line-level cue outputs, and two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. And because Central Station is a 1U rack-mount device, with only one multi-conductor cable running to the remote control on your desktop, all of the cabling is in the back of your rack, where it belongs.

High-End Audio Quality
The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That’s why we gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters.

The Meters
To enable you to watch your input levels, the Central Station sports dual 30-segment, tri-colored, fast-acting, peak-hold LED meters, which can display dBu and dBfs. A handy Clear switch lets you clear the peak-hold.

Unlike The Meters, these meters are anything but funky!

A Complete Tool Set
Because Central Station PLUS is a professional tool, we’ve included all of the key features you’ll need to manage monitors in a commercial or project studio. Speak to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input.

The cue signal is automatically dimmed when you use the talkback mic, and a jack admits a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and a Dim switch lets you reduce the speaker output by 16 dB.

Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

Finally, with the included CSR-1, you can remote-control the Central Station’s main volume, input select, output select, talkback, mute, dim, and mono functions.

The Professional’s Choice
With pristine audio quality; the ability to switch between multiple analog and digital sources and three sets of speakers; fast, accurate metering; and all of the extras that make your studio work easier and more efficient, it’s obvious why the Central Station PLUS is the professional engineer’s choice for monitor control.

The CSR-1
The CSR-1 provides remote control of volume for each input pair and for the talkback mic, as well as controlling muting, input-source switching (TRS1, TRS2, Aux, and S/PDIF), and passive speaker-output switching (stereo pairs A, B, and C). An Active light illuminates when the CSR-1 is controlling main volume. The Dim and Mono features also can be controlled from the remote unit.

A built-in electret condenser talkback mic with momentary on/off Talk button enables you to address the musicians through their headphones. (The Central Station main unit also has a talkback mic, so make sure to turn down whichever talkback mic you aren’t using!)

Central Station connects to the CSR-1 via a proprietary DB15 cable (included), enabling you to keep the Central Station in your rack and control it from your desktop. This provides maximum convenience with minimum wiring, keeping your workspace free of cable clutter.

Features:
Central Station

  • 3 sets of stereo analog inputs let you switch between sources
  • 2 sets of S/PDIF digital inputs (coax and optical)
  • 3 sets of stereo speaker outputs with:
  • Speaker Select switches
  • Recessed trim pot for each speaker output
  • Cue section with:
  • Input-select switch
  • Output-level control
  • Main section with:
  • Input-select switch
  • Aux-input level control
  • Output-level control
  • Mute, Dim (-20 dB), and Mono switches
  • 2 headphone outputs, each with:
  • Dual-function volume controls
  • Main-Cue input switches
  • Passive audio path: no op amps or IC’s in main audio path
  • Onboard talkback microphone
  • Talkback microphone input w/level control (feeds headphone and cue outputs)
  • Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering (dBu and dBfs) with:
  • Clear Peak switch
  • Calibrate to match DAW or other audio device
  • Footswitch jack for hands-free talkback operation
  • Included Control Station Remote (CSR-1) provides remote control of:
  • Main Volume
  • Input select
  • Output select
  • Talkback
  • Mute
  • Dim
  • Mono

 

Input/Output

  • 4 balanced ¼” analog line inputs (2 L/R pairs)
  • 2 unbalanced RCA analog line inputs (L/R pair)
  • 1 stereo S/PDIF optical (TOSLINK) digital input
  • 1 stereo S/PDIF coax (RCA) digital input
  • 1 balanced XLR talkback-microphone input
  • 6 balanced ¼”, line-level speaker outputs (3 L/R pairs) w/separate, passive volume controls
  • 2 balanced ¼”, line-level Main outputs (1 L/R pair) with source selection
  • 2 balanced ¼”, line-level Cue outputs (1 L/R pair) with volume control and source selection
  • 2 stereo ¼” headphone jacks w/dual-function volume controls and Main-Cue input switches
  • 1 DB15 port for optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)

 

Digitalia

  • S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs
  • High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)

 

Physical

  • 1U 19″ rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
  • External AC power supply

 

CSR-1 Remote

  • Remote-control all functions of Central Station, including:
  • Input switching
  • Speaker selection
  • Main volume
  • Talkback system
  • Onboard electret condenser talkback microphone
  • Talk button (momentary switch) for talkback system
  • Active light shows when CSR-1 is controlling main volume
  • Connects with a proprietary DB15 cable (included)
  • Keep desktop neat and clutter-free

 

Specifications:
Audio Inputs

TRS 1 & 2

  • Type ¼” TRS Passive-Balanced
  • Input Impedance 2-5 kΩ (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
  • S/N Ratio > 140 dB
  • THD+N < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
  • Frequency Response > 1 MHz

 

AUX

  • Type RCA Active-Unbalanced
  • Input Impedance 8 kΩ
  • S/N Ratio > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
  • THD+N < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
  • Gain Range -90 dB to +20 dB

 

S/PDIF

  • Types RCA 75Ω coax and Toslink optical
  • Dynamic Range 117 dB
  • THD+N 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
  • Maximum output +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
  • Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

 

Audio Outputs
Speakers

  • Type ¼” TRS Passive-Balanced
  • Type-Mono Activated ¼” TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
  • Trim Range -90 dB to 0 dB
  • Main Level Range -90 dB to 0 dB
  • Dim Attenuation -30 dB

 

Main

  • Type ¼” TRS Active-Balanced
  • Output Impedance 51Ω
  • THD+N < 0.0025%
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB

 

Cue

  • Type ¼” TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
  • Output Impedance 51Ω
  • THD+N Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
  • Gain Range -90 dB to 0 dB
  • Dim Attenuation -30 dB (Talkback activated)

 

Headphones

  • Type ¼” TRS Active Stereo
  • Maximum Output 150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load
  • THD+N 0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load)
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, +1 dB

 

Talkback
Dynamic Microphone Input

  • Type XLR Female Balanced
  • Input Impedance 2400Ω

 

Internal Microphone

  • Type Electret Condenser
  • Sensitivity -42 dB

 

Mic Preamp

  • Gain Range 15-55 dB

 

Input Meters

  • Type Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
  • Range -48 dB to +18 dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
  • Accuracy > 0.25 dB
  • Frequency Range 10 Hz-22 kHz
  • Calibrate Range ±18 dB

 

Power Supply

  • Type External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
  • Power Consumption 40 VA

 

Physical

Main Chassis

  • Package Type 1U steel chassis
  • Dimensions 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
  • Weight 5.0 lbs

 

External Power Supply (factory configured)

  • Package Type Molded Plastic
  • Dimensions 2.5 (W) X 2.3 (H) X 4.0 (D) inches
  • Weight 2.5 lbs

 

CSR-1 Control Station Remote

  • Dimensions 0.38 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
  • Weight 1.25 lbs.
  • Cable 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)

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