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Hardy M1 w/ Transformer & VU options

The John Hardy Company M-1 Mic Preamp Two-Channel

4.4 4.4 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

High-gain & clean preamp that handles any task in the audio universe.


31st March 2012

The John Hardy Company M-1 Mic Preamp Two-Channel by spiral

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Hardy M1 w/ Transformer & VU options

Clean. Clean. Clean. The Hardy M1 is the gold-standard mic preamp for a few very good reasons. The first reason is that it takes any mic and makes it louder with very little (if any at all) coloration. It does this with an incredibly low noise floor which makes this a no-brainer for gain-hungry ribbon mics and delicate acoustic music. If you have passive ribbons and love them on acoustic guitar the M1 is up to the task. The M1 comes with a transformer option but i didn't feel it added "huge iron" to the sound. Another reason you will find this in the racks of professionals is the build quality. Looking inside the M1 reveals an immaculately laid-out and built piece of machinery. I've seen John's "factory" (ie. his house). He builds each unit by hand (and wave solder machine) and the craftsmanship shows. Physically the unit is heavy and every inch is robust and thought out, even down to the ceramic knob pointers.

If you are looking for vintage coloration or big huge sound this is not the preamp for you but if you need pristine amplification with low noise floor, a piece of gear that will last forever, and a ton of gain, the M1 is a requirement.

3rd April 2012

The John Hardy Company M-1 Mic Preamp Two-Channel by GoldMember

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Hardy M1 w/ Transformer & VU options

can be purchased in a single channel stand alone, but cannot be expanded.
or an empty rack "shielded toroidal PSU" inside the 1U rack case, and upto 4x mic-pre modules can be added later per rack.

Options are the VU Meter card with Peak, very nice eye candy.
and the Jensen transformers.

the main differences between M1 and M2 are the stepped gain potentiometers and the lack of Gain Switch "because is not needed" in the M2.

the sound?

designed with "no cappacitors in the signal path" gives a clean sound...
the Jensen Transformers add a nice warmth to the sound without too much coloration.
the core is based on the 990 desing by Jensen, has several revisions since then, the latest revision was made because some of the original parts were discontinued, and replacements were used.
other revisions include transparent see thru case, and shielded 990 case.

the M1 is one of the few mic-pres that do not have potentiometer noise.

there is also a Twin Servo version with dual 990 discrete op-amps.
i guess 1 for the + side of the wave form and the other for the -. but thats a guess...
could be like DACS clarity that are pig-back in "parallel".

if looking a transparent. dynamic mic-pre with transformer sound, this is it.

 
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