Presonus Central Station Plus
Presonus Central Station Plus
Retail Price: $699.95
For Gear Heads:
The PreSonus Central Station Plus is one of our most popular products for professional studios because it provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers. With PreSonus Central Station Plus, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources with individual level controls. Two stereo S/PDIF digital sources connect via one coax and one Toslink optical port. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers with individual trim pots for each speaker—recessed to avoid accidents. You also get a pair of line-level main outputs, a pair of line-level cue outputs to feed a headphone-distributions system and two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and a Dim switch lets you reduce the speaker output by 20 dB. Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.
The Professional’s Choice The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That’s why we gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters that deliver 115 dBu of dynamic range. To enable you to watch your levels, the Central Station sports dual 30-segment, tri-colored, fast-acting, peak-hold LED meters, which can display dBu and dBfs. You can calibrate these meters to match your DAW or other audio device, and a handy switch lets you clear the peak-hold. Speak to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a mic to the XLR talkback input. The cue signal is automatically dimmed when you use the talkback mic, and a jack admits a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation.
Finally, with the CSR-1, you can remote-control the Central Station’s main volume, input select, output select, talkback, mute, dim, and mono functions. With pristine audio quality; the ability to switch between multiple analog and digital sources and three sets of speakers; fast, accurate metering; and all of the extras that make your studio work easier and more efficient, it’s obvious why the Central Station is the professional engineer’s choice for monitor control.
The Presonus Central Station is exactly as it's name states: Central Station. It is the central station of activity for all your studio monitor management needs. It is a passive design which means there is no coloration or alteration of the sound coming from your DAW and going to your studio monitors or headphones. It has plenty of inputs and both speaker and cue outputs to have you covered. Of course, it is mainly for stereo monitoring needs. if you need multiple channel monitoring for your cue send then we have other options to help you out. For the dough, you can not beat the sound quality and flexibility of the Central Station Plus (...and yes, the "Plus" part gives you the CSR-1 remote to put the controls right at your fingertips).