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Aphex Systems is showing their new Model 207D tube microphone/instrument preamplifier at Winter NAMM. Debuted at the AES convention in October, the Model 207D is now shipping to Aphex dealers with an affordable suggested retail price of $499. The 207D takes Aphex' popular Model 207 and adds AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital outputs for direct digital connection throughout your signal chain, with up to 96kHz sampling rates. The new 207D also adds Word Clock in/out for digital clocking synchronization.
The Aphex Model 207D is an two-channel tube mic preamp designed to reveal the subtlety and power of vintage condensers, ribbons, electrets, and popular dynamic mics. It also offers instrument inputs that are quieter and have more gain than conventional instrument preamps. The 207D makes use of Aphex' patented Reflected Plate Amplifier (RPA) technology, a true vacuum tube circuit which has all the desired characteristics without the heat, fragility, sonic variability, short life and high frequency roll-off of conventional tube designs.
The 207D's MicLim circuitry, also found on Aphex' flagship Model 1100 MkII and Model 1788 mic preamps, offers virtually crashproof performance, and makes it a perfect front end for digital recorders. An insert loop is provided for adding dynamics or effects processing prior to conversion. The 207D's mic and instrument inputs offer up to 65dB of continuously variable gain. Switchable 48 volt Phantom Power with ramp up feature is provided, as well as a delayed turn on circuit for speaker protection. The 207D also offers polarity select, -20dB pad and low cut filter switches. It functions at switchable -10 dBv or +4 dBu operating levels, with balanced 3-pin and 1/4" TRS inputs and outputs.