Chandler Limited Germanium 500 MKII is an updated version of our original Germ 500. This unit has an improved faceplate layout and nicer look. It uses classic germanium transistors in all class A, transformer balanced circuits. The Germ 500 MKII is Chandler’s well-known Germanium Preamp adapted for 500 series racks. They use the same transformers and amp blocks to assure the sound is consistent with our rack version. They have also updated the power on the MKII so there are no power-up issues with current lunchboxes and rack systems.
The incredibly smooth sounding transistors were the basis of the earliest transistor designs by Neve (1053, 1055, 1057), EMI (TG12345 MKI), Telefunken, and Fairchild. Those familiar with these units can attest to the special sound of the germanium transistor. The GERMANIUM series runs on high power, high current, and has a huge output before clipping. The sound is warm and smooth as with many vintage style circuits, but you’ll find a whole new world of smooth here as well as a sound that settles in perfectly to your tracks without fighting. Add these new circuits to Chandler’s new transformer line that combines the best parts of our favourite trannies, St. Ives and Gardners, into new great sounding input and output transformers.
Chandler Limited Germanium 500 MKII Specification:
- CHANNELS: Mono
- CIRCUIT: Class A, Discrete, Transistor
- GAIN: -5db to +65db
- I/O: 500 Series Enclosure
- Mic Input: Transformer Balanced, Input Impedance: 200Ω
- DI: 1/4″ Unbalanced, Input Impedance: 100k Ω
- PHANTOM POWER: +48v
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