NPNG Products QMP 4NW by Fezzle
After reading much hype on the NPNG mic-pre's, one cannot help but wonder what all the fuss is about, anyway I took a serious punt and bought one. Despite boasting impressive specs these discrete transistor amps are said to be made by a guy who cares more for what his ears tell him, and it shows.
Performance is fast with stunning realism, the unit sounds very clear and large with a beautiful aesthetic. It will bring all your microphones qualities to tasks with impeccable accuracy and detail. It has a certain sparkle, subtle character, and full, natural sound.
Bass is deep, punchy and clear, articulate mid range and euphonic highs all delivered with fine focus. I kind of think of it like taking a classic Neve amp, giving it a twin turbo, a kick up the arse, and removing any trace of mush.
What impresses me the most is its ability to capture perceived depth of field or 'front to back' in sources, where all the critical low level details, ambience and nuance of performance, are shown with clarity and control.
The variable pad is a nice addition, very hot signals can be tamed easily. The filter at 80Hz is useful for any of those times when you just don't need that low end, feature wise it has them all.
The unit has an external power supply, robust build quality all round, huge headroom, point to point wiring, transformerless fully differential input stage, balanced output stage using Jensen high nickel transformers. This thing is fairly pricey but I'm not surprised, as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Kudos to Mr Diehl and Fletcher's help on this one, Quiet operation, 75db of gain, variable pad up to 40db, an 80hz high pass filter, phantom and phase switches, world class sound.