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D.A.V Electronics BG8

D.A.V Electronics BG8

4.75 4.75 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

1U rackmount high quality 8 channel microphone amplifier. The features of this microphone amplifier consist of low noise and low distortion. It offers switched gain controls for high accuracy level setting, high pass filter, 26dB pad, phase reversal and 48v phantom.

5th May 2017

D.A.V Electronics BG8 by ruby06

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 3 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
D.A.V Electronics BG8

The bg 8 comes in a very unspectacular light box. I was very sceptical about it, especially when it sits next to the Millennia HV 3 8. When I opened the box I was very surprised: Everything looks very clean and with high quality but surprisingly less components inside (especially for a 8 channel preamp). The DAV BGs are transformerless and the BG8 is not a discrete design. However the DAV sounds phantastic! When comparing to my other preamps it sounds a bit like an Millennia M2B. We do a lot of orchestral recordings and I compared the HV3 8 with the BG8. The BG 8 has a little larger than life sound but still very neutral. The Millenia HV3 sounds a little faster, like it has "more muscles".

Some interesting information on the side.
This preamp has its roots in the Decca studios. DAV electronics has Mick Hinton designing the BG products. He is the same man who designed them at Decca. Everybody who has some Decca recordings knows what kind of sounds they were looking after. And you can find this particular sound in the BG8 as well.

My conclusion is, that this little amp is a perfect multichannel preamp for location based recordings.
The only week spots I found: no power switch and no XLR outs.

Last edited by ruby06; 7th May 2017 at 07:08 PM..

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7th May 2017

D.A.V Electronics BG8 by MrTunes7

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
D.A.V Electronics BG8

I hardly write any reviews unless I am impressed. The BG8 is a superb set of preamps. I understand what the previous review means by the millennia having more "muscle," however, the BG8 is not weak at ALL. To me, the BG8 sounds a bit clearer in the mids than the MM HV3D-8, which I also own. I am happy using either one, but the lightweight of the BG8 is far more convenient for mobility. It not having xlr outs is not an issue. Using a breakout cable keeps the cabling tidy. I'm not a techie, so I can't comment on electronics. To my ears, though, they are amongst the best pres.

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