External AC Power Supply For extreme Low Noise Operation
Output Gain Control On Detented Pot
When i got this unit I was not expecting anything amazing. What can you expect from a mic pre that costs a $150? It is pretty well built and it comes with some nice features like a 70 Hz LPF. To me it looks more like an embelished DI box and it works great for that. It has a nice LED meter so you can keep a handle on distortion it would have been nice if the metering was a little bit more substantial.
In use it was effective however when I used the blend knob and turned it to the tube side I did notice the noise floor raised quite a bit so found myself using it in transistor mode most of the time. I mainly used it as a DI at first and then I tried out the preamp. As a DI this is a nice piece you get a nice input gain stage and a output control and once again you can utilize the blend knob which did work well when I plugged in a bass and played a really involved piece on the bass it seemed to mask the noise and it gave it some warmth and punch in the lower end. The mic pre on this unit was a secondary thing for me so it took me a while to even begin to get curious as to how it would sound. I found that it was not a bad pre but it was not the most pristine mic pre I have came across. That being said I don't think this a bad unit for the price however there are some other mic pres that are in this price point that offer more channels or similar features so its always best to get your hands on it. In my opinion this is one great DI box!
Could have used a better meter
For the price it is one of many options that will get the job done. For me this thing is one heck of a DI that gives you all kinds of coloring choices