PreSonus Central Station PLUS Studio Monitoring Controller

$1199.99
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Central Station PLUS is a professional monitor controller that ensures sonic transparency with a passive signal path and high-definition digital inputs. It allows seamless switching between multiple analog and digital sources and up to three pairs of speakers.

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Central Station

PreSonus Central Station PLUS Studio Monitoring Controller

When you want to switch between multiple sets of monitors and multiple analog and digital sources and hear exactly what your mix sounds like, with no coloration, you need the PreSonus Central Station PLUS professional monitor controller. Its audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and its S/PDIF inputs with 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters ensure the sonic transparency pros need.

Seamless Switching Between Speakers

Easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources and one stereo digital input source and audition them with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker. You also get two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. If that’s not enough, connect the line-level Cue outputs to a headphone distribution system, such as a PreSonus HP2, HP4 or HP60.

Central Station PLUS has the Important Details Incorporated

PreSonus included plenty of extras. Talk to the musicians over the headphones and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone. Otherwise, connect a dynamic mic to the XLR Talkback input. A footswitch input enables hands-free talkback operation.

A Mono switch sums the stereo source to check for phase problems, and Dim and Mute switches let you reduce or mute the speaker outputs without changing the main level knob. The included CSR-1 remote control lets you manage it all from your desktop.

With its I/O, audio quality and features, it’s no surprise that the 1U rack-mount Central Station PLUS is the pro’s choice for monitor control.

High-Definition Digital Inputs

The Central Station PLUS’ coaxial and optical S/PDIF digital inputs provide up to 24-bit, 192 kHz digital-to-analog conversion. Also, it has more than 115 dB of dynamic range. Furthermore, the Central Station will automatically detect and lock to the sampling rate of the source device.

Passive Components For Transparent Audio

The Central Station PLUS uses no op-amps or ICs, only top-quality passive components. Specifically, this includes military-grade, 1% tolerance metal-film resistors; multi-element potentiometers; and durable connectors. The result is a transparent signal path; maximum dynamic range, frequency response and headroom; and minimal noise and coloration.

CSR-1 Wired Remote Control

The included Central Station Remote (CSR-1) wired remote control connects via a DB15 cable. It lets you manage Main Volume, Input Select, Output Select, Talkback, Mute, Dim, and Mono summing — all from your desktop. Rackmount the 1U Central Station PLUS and use the CSR-1 for ultimate control and flexibility.

Central Station PLUS Main Features

  • Manage 3 stereo analog sources and 1 digital source
  • 2 loud stereo ¼-inch headphone outputs with dual-function volume controls
  • 1U 19-inch rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis and external AC power supply

Audio Station

  • Passive audio path – no op amps or ICs – for minimal noise and coloration
  • Manage 3 stereo analog sources and 1 digital source, using 2 stereo pairs of balanced ¼-inch line-level inputs, 1 stereo pair of unbalanced RCA line-level inputs and 2 S/PDIF digital inputs (coax and optical, 24-bit/192 kHz)
  • Switch between 3 sets of monitor speakers using 3 stereo pairs of balanced ¼-inch, line-level speaker outputs with
  • Speaker Select switches and recessed trim pot for each output
  • Main section with with 2 (L/R) balanced ¼-inch, line-level outputs with Input-select switch, Aux-input level control, Output-level control and Mute, Dim (-20 dB) and Mono switches
  • Cue section with 2 (L/R) balanced ¼-inch, line-level outputs, Input-select switch and Output-level control
  • 2 loud stereo ¼-inch headphone outputs with dual-function volume controls and Main/Cue input switches
  • Onboard electret condenser talkback microphone, balanced XLR Talkback microphone input w/level control (feeds Headphone and Cue outputs) and footswitch jack for hands-free talkback operation
  • Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering (dBu and dBfs) with Clear Peak switch and calibration to match DAW or other audio device
  • Included Central Station Remote (CSR-1) wired remote control
  • 1U 19-inch rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis and external AC power supply

Audio Inputs

TRS 1 & 2
Type: ¼” TRS Passive-Balanced
Input Impedance: 2-5 kΩ (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
S/N Ratio: > 140 dB
THD+N: < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
Frequency Response: > 1 MHz

AUX
Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced
Input Impedance: 8 kΩ
S/N Ratio: > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
THD+N: < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
Gain Range: -90 dB to +20 dB

S/PDIF
Types: RCA 75Ω coax and Toslink optical
Dynamic Range: 117 dB
THD+N: 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
Maximum Output: +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Note: All input specifications (except Input Impedance) measured at Speaker A output, Trim and Main Level set to maximum.

Physical

Main Chassis
Package Type: 1U steel chassis
Dimensions: 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
Weight: 5.0 lbs

External Power Supply (factory configured)
Package Type: Molded Plastic
Dimensions: 2.5 (W) X 2.3 (H) X 4.0 (D) inches
Weight: 2.5 lbs

Input Meters

Type: Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
Range: -48 dB to +18 dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
Accuracy: > 0.25 dB
Frequency Range: 10 Hz-22 kHz
Calibrate Range: ±18 dB

Audio Outputs

Speakers
Type: ¼” TRS Passive-Balanced
Type-Mono Activated: ¼” TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
Trim Range: -90 dB to 0 dB
Main Level Range: -90 dB to 0 dB
Dim Attenuation: -30 dB

Main
Type: ¼” TRS Active-Balanced
Output Impedance: 51Ω
THD+N: < 0.0025%
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB

Cue
Type: ¼” TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
Output Impedance: 51Ω
THD+N: Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
Gain Range: -90 dB to 0 dB
Dim Attenuation: -30 dB (Talkback activated)

Headphones
Type: ¼” TRS Active Stereo
Maximum Output: 150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load
THD+N: 0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load)
Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, +1 dB

Talkback

Dynamic Microphone Input
Type: XLR Female Balanced
Input Impedance: 2,400Ω

Internal Microphone
Type: Electret Condenser
Sensitivity: -42 dB

Mic Preamp
Gain Range: 15-55 dB

Power Supply

Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
Power Consumption: 40 VA

CSR-1 Control Station Remote

Dimensions: 5.25 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Cable: 12-foot DB15M to DB15M (male-male)

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.