Introducing the Fourth Generation SV Series High Resolution Control Room Amplifiers…
the fastest, lowest distortion, widest bandwidth professional amplifiers ever built.
Although our evolving High Resolution Series has repeatedly set new standards
for control room amplifiers over the last decade, still lower noise and triple
ought distortion figures in the critical mid and high frequency bands, pushed
to levels previously thought unobtainable, have yielded our smoothest, most
transparent presentation to date. Building on our second and third generation
Intelligent Output Device designs, the new IOD circuit, featuring an active
DC blocking servo for balanced offset and near-perfect current sharing between
output devices, provides even greater stability and linearity than its
predecessors, while maintaining the high speed wide bandwidth musicality for
which they are famous. The Four Hundred SV remains the ultimate nearfield
amplifier, with the Model Six Hundred SV and One Thousand SV available for
higher power applications. Unlike most amplifier lines where a noticeable
difference in sound quality or presentation is evident as you move from
larger to smaller models, all three SVs sound absolutely identical until
each runs out of power supply. And even though each one is designed to excel
at a specific task, the Four Hundred for high and medium impedance nearfields,
the Six Hundred for high current delivery to low impedance and complex reactive
loads, and the One Thousand for higher voltage swing into larger, high impedance
loads, there's no sense of a smaller amp sounding "higher fi" at the expense of
a strong bottom end, or a larger amp sounding "ballsier" but less articulate.
That said, there is certainly some logic to using a One Thousand on a pair of
small nearfields such as our PRM165s in the interest of guaranteeing unlimited
dynamics when tracking open mics, as opposed to mixing at modest levels close
in. This is the system jazz veteran Joe Ferla has been traveling with for several
years now, recording and mixing the likes of David Sanborn, Pat Metheny and
John Mayer. Many engineers and artists who have heard Joe's rig, or at least
the buzz it's created, have quickly followed suit.
…and congratulations to Joe and our newest member of the 165 family, Chad Franscoviak for winning the 2011 Grammy for best engineered album, John Mayer's "Battle Studies".