Preamp Test -Monochord- Lavry, A-Designs, Forsell, Cranesong

| Oct 17, 2007 | 13,320 Views | Share


Here's an unscientific shootout of various preamps on a monochord. The monochord is a very "full rangey" sounding instrument which makes it good for these types of tests. Again just gives you an idea of what different preamps can do to the same source. The mics used were a pair of Schoeps MK-2 into the above preamp and then into Lavry Blue A/D.

Thanks to IVO Sedlacek at Velvet Mastering for the test!


Audio Clips

  • Cranesong Flamingo

  • Lavry Blue Mic Pre

  • DAV BG1U


  • A Designs Pacifica


  • The Cransesong and the A-Designs seem the most rich. However i own the A-Design, I prefer the Cransesong in this test. (it also seems to have the best performance...coincidence?) The other three don't have the resonance or air that the Cransesong and A-Desins have.
    By shelterr on Oct 18, 2007 at 1:57 am
  • I agree with shelterr and can't get over the earth shaking lows the Cranesong delivered along with a rich full range all the way up there! I thought the Forssell was very detailed and liked it. The Pacifica did it's magic and the sheen was beautiful but I have to give it to the Cranesong Flamingo on this recording of the monochord.
    By Audio Test on Oct 23, 2009 at 1:00 am
  • The forssell has a 3D quality to it that the others don't seem to capture from the monochord... I also feel like the instrument is right in front of me, very natural and real sounding... Great if that's what you want.
    By perceptual on Mar 22, 2011 at 5:48 am
  • The SMP2 is the most natural...Others sound sweet...Especially the Pacifica but the SMP2 is what I would go for. It is beautiful. 

    By Noego on Dec 7, 2013 at 6:15 am
  • By kickingsaturday on Nov 28, 2015 at 3:14 pm

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