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are you using pre-amps on you're krell/levinson/passlabs
Old 5th February 2007
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are you using pre-amps on you're krell/levinson/passlabs

I'm just wondering ... are you guy's using a pre-amp ( no mike-pre-amp ) or is you're mastering-console/your DA monitoring converter directly connected to the end-amplifier ...

or when using a pre-amp do you connect it to the aux-input from the pre-amp.

I'm making my mind up on the new final monitoring/amping ..... and for sure want to connect a turntable/cd-player ...

But those can be connected to the dig/analog inputs mastering-console .... ( croockwood )

where am I going wrong .....

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Old 6th February 2007
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Old 6th February 2007
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My (passive) mastering console feeds my Pass Labs X250 directly.
Old 6th February 2007
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I'd say most mastering studios are using a dedicated monitor controller, either a custom console or something off the shelf - and most usually with just a stepped passive attenuator - that feeds directly to the power amps.

I personally use a Coleman Audio M3PHmkII this way - http://www.colemanaudio.com/cntrl.htm#m3lnk

Other commonly used monitor controllers are the Cranesong Avocet, the Dangerous Monitor, Crookwood igloo, SPL DMC, Grace Design 904.

In terms of hooking up a CD player - it's best to get one with either a spdif or AES output so you can rout this to the same DAC you use for the rest of your monitoring. I have a number of digital transports (2 DAWs, 2 CD players w/spdif outs, 2 DATs, 1 MD, 1 DVD-V) along with my converters (3 DAC's, 1 ADC) all hooked up to 2 Z-Sys Digital Detangler digital patchbay so that any digital source can be routed and multed to any digital destination. Little Labs also makes digital patch bays too.,
1 of my DAC's goes to my analog process chain (which directly feeds the ADC) - the other 2 DAC's go to seperate inputs of my Coleman so I can do one button push comparisons of the source and the processed signals.

In terms of hooking up a turntable - you just need a standalone dedicated phono preamp for this to send this to another input of your monitor controller. I recently got the Simaudio Moon LP5.3 for this as it features balanced outputs and is incredibly clean and accurate.

Hope that helps.

Best regards,
Steve Berson
Old 6th February 2007
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I have an Avocet that's hooked straight to the Pass.
Old 6th February 2007
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Brad, Cellotron ( Steve ) , Massive ( John ) .... thanks for you're answers ...

Ok that's what I was hoping for ...... no need for an expensive pre-amp ...
some more for a decent AMP and speakers ....

if I understand correctly ( in my case ) The crookwood will have it's main (A) monitor output connected directly to the L+R inputs on the MAIN AMP.

cd-player with AES and a phono-preamp with an analoge out ...

I'll have a check before ordering the croockwood iMon mastering-console

Thanks again for you're answers !!!

wim
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I have my Avocet Surround Ed. going into 2 Pass Labs XA-160's and a Pass Labs X-3. Priceless!!

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you're all slutz with those amps !!!!

cheers !!!

wim
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