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Audient ASP880

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8 Channel Microphone Preamplifier and ADC

 

 

ASP880 is an 8-channel microphone preamplifier & ADC that will transform your sessions into world class recordings, the perfect addition to your set-up. ASP880 provides eight of Audient's renowned console mic pres, pristine converter technology and a versatile feature set that includes Variable Impedance and Variable High Pass Filters. All in a 1RU rack!

 

Features

>8 Audient Console Mic Pres

>All new, Burr Brown AD converter technology

>Variable Input Impedance

>Variable High Pass Filters

>8 Insert points between the mic preamps and AD converters

>2 Channels of Class-A Discrete JFET D.I instrument inputs

>Digital Outputs - ADAT, AES & S/PDIF

 

MICROPHONE PREAMPLIFIERS:

(measured to insert send)

MIC GAIN: -10 to +60dB (-10dB Pad)
LINE GAIN: -16 to +44dB (-10dB Pad)*
PHANTOM POWER: 48v +/-4v @ 10mA/Channel
MIC EIN: <-127.5dBu
CMRR: >80dB @ 100 to 10kHz
MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL: +22dBu (+32dBu with Pad)
INPUT IMPEDANCE: Mic LO: 220Ω Balanced Mic MED: 1k2Ω Balanced Mic HI: 2k8Ω Balanced Line (All Z): >6kΩ Balanced
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: +/-0.5dB 10Hz to 100kHz
CROSSTALK:  
THD+N @ 0dBu (1kHz): 0.003% (-90.5dBu)
SNR: >90dB
HPF: Sweepable from 25Hz to 250 Hz, 2nd Order (12dB/Octave)
XLR: Pin 2 (Hot), Pin 3 (Cold) & Pin 1 (Shield)
1/4” JACK: TIP (Hot), RING (Cold) & SLEEVE (Shield)

* Line input level at the combi jacks will be affected by the input impedance switch position, this can be used as a second pad control to adjust line input ranges on all channels.

DISCRETE JFET D.I (Channels 1 & 2):

(measured to line outputs / insert send)

D.I GAIN: -10 to +60 dB (-10dB Pad)
MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL: +16dBu (typical), +22dBu
INPUT IMPEDANCE: 1MegΩ Unbalanced
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: +/-0.5dB 10Hz to 50kHz
THD+N @ 0dBu (1kHz): <0.03% (-70dBu)
SNR: 89dB
1/4” JACK: TIP (Hot) & SLEEVE (Shield)

LINE OUTPUTS (Insert Sends):

MAXIMUM OUTPUT LEVEL:
+27.5dBu
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE:
<100Ω Balanced

ADC LINE INPUTS (Insert Returns):

(measured at optical output under AES-17)

MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL: +18dBu
DIGITAL REFERENCE LEVEL: 0dBFS = +18dBu
INPUT IMPEDANCE: >10kΩ Balanced
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: +/-0.5dB 10Hz to Fs/2
CROSSTALK:  
THD+N @ -1dBFS (1kHz): <0.002% (-94dB)
THD+N @ -6dBFS (1kHz): <0.002% (-94dB)
DYNAMIC RANGE: 113dB un-weighted
115dB A-weighted
PEAK LED LINEUP: +16dBu (-2dBFS)
SIGNAL LED LINEUP: Variable Brightness from -30dBu to -10dBu (-28dBFS)

DIGITAL i/o:

ADAT 8 CHANNELS SMUX: 44.1 - 96kHz
AES | S/PDIF 8 CHANNELS: 44.1 - 96kHz
CLOCK Internal or External
WORLDCLOCK INPUT 75Ω BNC
Optional 75Ω Termination

POWER SUPPLY:

 

  • High stability, low noise internal SMPS
  • Fanless, quiet operation
  • Works anywhere in the world without reconfiguring

 

LINE VOLTAGES: 90 to 264V (a.c)
INTERNAL RAILS: +/-18VDC, +48VDC & +5VDC
FUSE: T1A (1Amp Time Delay)
CONSUMPTION: Maximum 40 Watts

WEIGHT:

4.0kg

 

 

Sound on Sound

Hugh Robjohns - Technical Editor

I’m extremely impressed with the ASP880. The new ASP880 is an elegant evolution of the that design, retaining almost all of its strengths while improving on every aspect, incrementally in some areas and radically in others. Sonically, this sounds like every other Audient preamp I’ve used: clean, quiet, accurate, transparent and with masses of headroom. It doesn’t impose any significant character, although it can get a little crunchy in a nice way for drums if pushed.

The technical performance is measurably better across the board, but especially in the A‐D conversion, and the major signal‐path reconfiguration to allow fully balanced inserts will appeal enormously to many potential users. Of course, some may lament the consequential loss of switchable line inputs to the preamp — and their availability at the analogue line outputs — but the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages.

There are ‘better performing’ preamps and A‐D converters on the market, but they really aren’t that much better, and they cost a lot more. Talking of price, I was astounded when I learned that the ASP880 costs almost 30 percent less now than the ASP008 did when we reviewed it back in 2006! And that seals the deal as far as I’m concerned: I can’t think of a better‐performing or better‐equipped eight‐channel preamp at anywhere near the price, which makes the ASP880 a no‐brainer for anyone seeking a high‐quality professional multi‐channel mic preamp with digital outputs.

Read the full review here.

Pro Tools Expert

Russ Hughes - Editor

Conclusion

You may be getting the idea that I like the Audient ASP880 and I do, it was one product I was looking forward to reviewing and my expectations were met with an excellent experience at every level. Audient claim that the ASP880 is flexible, easy to use, sounds great and is whisper quiet - it’s all true. Furthermore the ASP880 is somewhat cheaper than the older ASP008 it replaces by around £200, now shipping for around £899.

The Audient ASP880 is everything I hoped it would be. Great sound, whisper silent operation and now cheaper than the older version - what is there not to like? If you need 8 channels of British pre-amps, built in A/D conversion and the flexibility this unit offers then you would be nuts not to check it out. Now where’s my cheque book? I’m buying it…. really!

Read the full review here.

Music Radar/Future Music

Excellent build and sound quality. Variable impedance inputs provide tonal variations from microphone sources. Can be used as a standalone ADC.

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