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Neumann introduces V 402 microphone preamp

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Neumann.Berlin has introduced its new state-of-the-art microphone preamplifier with integrated headphone monitoring. The V 402 is Neumann’s first-ever stand-alone microphone preamp – although the company has created several generations of top-quality preamp modules for its mixing consoles, such as the now legendary V 476 B of the 1980s.

Like its predecessors, the V 402 preamplifier is conceived as the perfect complement to all Neumann and other high-class studio microphones.

Neumann V 402

“All Neumann microphones, classics as well as current models, have highly unique sound characteristics”, explains Ralf Oehl, the Berlin company’s new CEO.

“Finding a preamplifier with the matching uncom¬¬promised sound fidelity wasn’t always easy – until now! The V 402 provides the ideal signal path for all Neumann microphones because it is free from any coloration whatsoever. No artificial additives could make the sound of a Neumann U 47 or U 87 more desirable than it already is. Perfection cannot be perfected!”

The V 402 is a dual channel microphone preamplifier carefully designed to maintain the sonic integrity of the original signal. Its unique transformerless circuitry amplifies the microphone signal without unwanted coloration or sonic artifacts, such as noise and distortion.

While this is also often claimed for simple preamps such as those in audio interfaces, the V 402 is built to much higher standards.

“It took an elaborate development process with extensive series of measurements and critical listening tests to create a preamplifier worthy of the Neumann name,” comments Portfolio Manager Sebastian Schmitz.

“And we’ve included the monitoring side, too. The V 402 establishes a fully transparent signal chain extending from the microphone all the way to the engineer’s ear. Finding the best microphone position has never been easier.”

The V 402 is equipped with a studio grade headphone amplifier ensuring uncompromized monitoring quality at the recording stage. Independent volume controls for each channel allow to dial in a latency-free monitoring mix without affecting the recorded signal.

V 402 features

  • Dual-channel state-of-the-art transformerless microphone preamp.
  • Two studio quality instrument inputs with very high impedance.
  • Switchable low cut removes rumble without signal degradation.
  • Exceptionally clean headphone amplifier.
  • Easy monitoring mix with volume control for each channel.
  • Handmade in Germany.

Delivery of the preamp starts in July 2020, with a MSRP of $2,899 USD.

More information: Nuemann

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