Purple Audio Cans II

500 Series Headphone Amp and Control Room Preamplifier with Discrete Signal Path
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Purple Audio Cans II
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Monitor Right with Cans II

The Purple Audio Cans II headphone and control room preamplifier makes a great addition to your 500 Series rack. Cans II gives you all of the control of a console master section in a sleek, compact module. With Cans II, you'll be able to quickly and easily check the phase and width of mixes without additional DAW routing or plug-ins to tax your CPU. Cans II is also great for headphone amplification in the studio and control room. With its excellent sound quality and control set, Cans II is perfect for driving headphones or monitors in any size studio.

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Sweetwater is proud to carry Purple Audio. Founded in 1997 by Andrew Roberts, Purple Audio has kept the analog flame burning brightly with acclaimed professional signal processors and studio problem solvers based on inspired new designs and fresh takes on coveted classic gear. Handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Purple Audio equipment is built for the long haul, using only the finest components. Let Purple Audio's innovative engineering elevate your studio's sonic quality and juice your workflow.

Purple Audio Cans II Features at a Glance:
  • Designed to work in compatible standard 500 Series racks
  • Uses KDJ3 op-amp for mono and KDJ5 op-amps for output
  • Discrete signal path
  • Capable of driving the most demanding headphones
  • 10 Kohm transformer-balanced input
  • hi-Z input will not load sources when multing
  • 15dBu gain
  • Individual channel cuts
  • Channel swap
  • Channel sum to mono
  • Precision matched stereo level control
  • Ships with XLRF to XLRF adapter for stereo input
  • Unbalanced stereo front panel 1/4" TRS output
  • Second stereo balanced input on rear 1/4" on Purple Sweet Ten rack
  • Current consumption: 70mA
  • Auto-resetting fuse shuts down individual module without affecting entire rack or console
  • ROHS certified lead-free
Monitor right with Purple Audio Cans II in your rack!

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A special-order product is one that we don't normally keep in stock. We order it from the manufacturer as soon as you order from us. We have great relationships with all the manufacturers we carry, so we can get your special order to you as fast as or faster than anyone else. Remember that special orders are non-returnable and non-cancelable, so make sure the item is right for you. A Sweetwater Sales Engineer can help you decide — call (800) 222-4700 for assistance!

Additional Media

500 Series Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels Stereo
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/4" TRS (stereo headphone)
Other I/O Connects with 500 Series rack card slots
Manufacturer Part Number CANS II

Customer Reviews

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Best Headphone Amp

I was a little skeptical going in, but really needed a way to drive headphones out of my 500 rack. I was BLOWN AWAY by the quality of this module. I'm hearing detail I hadn't heard before, great imaging and clarity. I also appreciate the led metering that lines up perfectly with Lynx D/A levels. This thing can drive any pair of headphones to full volume, and I'm generally only having to run it at about 25%. The SWAP function is a bit useless imo, but I absolutely love this unit.
See also: Headphone Amps, Purple Audio, Purple Audio Headphone Amps and Distribution, Purple Audio Other 500 Series Processors