PreSonus Central Station Plus

Passive Monitoring Controller with Five Independent Analog and Digital I/O Sources, and Remote Control
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Ultimate Monitoring Control For The Digital Studio!

The PreSonus Central Station Plus is the perfect monitoring "hub" for your studio! With five stereo inputs (two digital and three analog) and three outputs, each providing the purest possible signal path, the Central Station is where all your audio sources can converge for high quality monitoring. And with the included CSR-1 remote control, you'll never need to leave your mix position to manage your monitoring.

PreSonus Central Station at a Glance:
  • Five inputs and three outputs for connecting multiple monitors
  • Pure passive signal path for uncolored monitoring
  • High-quality components and results from an economical device
Five sets of inputs...

When Presonus designed the Central Station, they wanted to make certain it met the needs of mixdown facilities that had multiple sets of monitors. So they gave Central Station five stereo input ports - three analog and two digital. Analog inputs 1 and 2 feature 1/4" TRS balanced jacks, while analog input 3 accepts unbalanced RCA connectors. A coaxial cable jack and a Toslink optical port handle the Central Station's S/PDIF digital ins.

...And three outputs The Central Station's three analog outputs - Speaker, Main and Cue - also are handled by 1/4" TRS balanced connectors. Speaker outs are passive; Main and Cue outs are active and impedance-balanced. So you can connect to powered or unpowered monitors, separate power amps, or whatever your studio configuration requires.

Hear the true sound of your mix!

The Central Station features a purely passive signal path, offering almost totally transparent sonic quality. The main audio path uses no amplifier stages - no op amps, active ICs or chips, eliminating all coloration, noise and distortion. The Central Station delivers transparent, smooth, wide-frequency, high headroom/low noise monitoring, enabling you to hear the true sound of the mix. To minimize noise and maximize signal integrity, the Central Station uses sealed silver relays so that audio never passes through extraneous electronics. The Central Station also features dual fast-acting 30-segment peak/hold LEDs for accurate metering. The front panel of the Central Station includes both dBu and dBfs scales as well as peak/hold clear switch and meter alignment switch for additional metering options.

Compare the sonic quality to the price tag! PreSonus has used the highest quality passive components in order to ensure that the Central Station will produce a top-notch, professional sound. But most users will be shocked when they see the price tag! The simplicity and economy of the Central Station makes celebrated PreSonus technology available to even small project studios.

PreSonus Central Station Features:
  • Included CSR-1 remote control brings monitor management to your desktop
  • S/PDIF coax or TOSlink digital input
  • Two balanced TRS jacks and two RCA inputs with trim control
  • D/A conversion up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Dual fast-acting 30-segment digital LED meters
  • Omnidirectional condenser microphone routed through CUE outputs
  • When talkback is used, the cue mix is automatically dimmed
  • Two headphone outputs, MUTE, DIM, INPUT select, CUE select and OUTPUT select
  • Optional remote control for talkback, mute, dim, and I/O selection
The PreSonus Central Station is a master console output section in a 1U space!

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Awesome unit

This unit is awesome, great piece of gear, awesome price, I love the easy switching between monitors.... Talk back is works exptional well..... Buy this unit you won't be disapointed

Makes a great preamp for home studio/entertainment

I use the Central Station to connect a DVD player (via phono plugs), a PS3 (via toslink), and a Mac (via coax digital through a Focusrite interface) to my Yamaha studio monitors. I use it essentially as a preamp and headphone monitor. That way I can have my music studio and my entertainment system share a sound system in my small den. It'd be even better if it had a couple guitar/mic inputs and a USB interface, but I realize that's not what it was built for, and I get along fine with a Focusrite 6i6 interface connected to the Central Station via coax digital, and a Line 6 POD XT Pro connected via TRS. It's got a clean sound, lots of connection options, and I've been using it this way since the Central Station was first available, without a lick of trouble.
Music background: Hobbyist

It DOES have a mono switch!!

My bad!! Somehow I missed that it does indeed have a mono switch - in the speaker select section. (I guess I found the single select button/dual trim pots arrangement a bit disorienting... I don't blame the designers - they're trying to give us the most functions in one rack space.) Anyway, happy to be able to test mono at the push of a button! 5 stars and my apologies.
Music background: Pro Musician

Very versatile, incredible transparency

Well built piece of machinery... Very versatile, incredible transparency, would I highly recommend this over any thing in its class!
Music background: Producer, Recording Engineer

²ndispensable thing in the studio

take more than 3 years. works flawlessly. true sound. indispensable thing in the studio
Music background: Recording Engineer,Pro Musician,Composer,Singer
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