Neumann V 402 2-channel Microphone Preamp - Preorder
You’ve wisely invested in world-class microphones from Neumann and other top manufacturers. Naturally you want to maximize their performance — which means directing a critical eye towards the preamps in your studio. Legendary German microphone company Neumann’s first new mic preamp design in decades, the 2-channel V 402 is a stunning technological achievement. Launched in the 1980s, their storied V 476b preamp is still in use worldwide. Neumann has leveraged today’s state-of-the-art parts and transformerless circuit technology in the V 402, and the sonic rewards are, well, sumptuous, to say the least. Neumann always strives for sonic perfection in their microphones, and the V 402 is designed to unwaveringly preserve the purity of the mic signal, regardless of gain setting.
The Perfect Match
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. Technology, of course, has moved on. Yet the fundamental question remains: What would be the perfect preamp for Neumann and other high-quality studio microphones? All Neumann microphones, classics as well as current models, have highly unique sound characteristics. The V 402 preamplifier is thus designed to preserve the integrity of the microphone’s sound image. At any gain setting, it neither adds or detracts. Perfection cannot be perfected!
A Natural Splendor
The Neumann V 402 is designed for the highest degree of linearity and sonic purity. It amplifies the microphone signal without unwanted coloration or sonic artifacts such as noise and distortion. These days, even inexpensive preamps claim to be “linear” and “neutral”, but they often lack finesse and sonic detail; the output signal appears “dull” and “grey”, especially at higher gain settings. It took an elaborate development process with extensive series of measurements and critical listening tests to create a preamplifier worthy of the Neumann name. The V 402 retains the original signal in full detail, letting its true colors shine.
Discerning audiophiles will be delighted with the V 402. It amplifies your mic signal without undesirable coloration, noise, or distortion. Sure, today’s inexpensive preamps are better than ever, but they pale in comparison to a top-shelf pre like the V 402; sounding dull and lifeless, particularly at higher gain settings. Through the V 402, signals spring to life with sonic authority, weight, and shimmering detail. You’ll be amazed at this preamp’s uncanny ability to finesse even an inexpensive dynamic mic on a snare drum or a guitar cabinet. And with a classic Neumann such as the U 87 Ai or KM 184, the results are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Take your recordings to the next level with the Neumann V 402.
- Preamp Type: Solid State
- Number of Channels: 2
- Phantom Power: Yes
- Pads: -20dB
- Polarity Switch: Yes
- EQ: 60Hz Highpass Filter
- Analog Inputs: 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
- Analog Outputs: 2 x XLR
- Headphones: 1 x 1/4"
- Rack Spaces: 2U
- Power Source: Standard IEC AC cable
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