NEW DEVICES FROM RUPERT NEVE DESIGNS — AudioTechnology
Rupert Neve Designs has today announced two new products to debut at NAMM 2015, the RNDI Active Transformer Direct Interface, and the R6 Six Space 500 Series Rack.
The RNDI is a new interface device, featuring a custom RND transformer and a class-A biased discrete FET amplifier. Whilst the R6 comes with a full complement of XLR, TRS and DB-25 I/O.
The RNDI: Active Transformer Direct Interface:
The device is the first standalone DI fit for the Rupert Neve name and features a low impedance, custom designed transformer, with high input headroom of +21.5dBU, in addition to a class-A biased FET amp powered by 48V phantom power (via XLR). The interface is capable of handling professional, line level sources without a pad and in speaker mode to the full output of a 1000-watt power amplifier (92Vrms or 266Vp-p).
Other features include frequency response extending beyond 100 kHz, phase coherence (at all frequencies),, high impedance (above 2 megohms), a steel chassis with industrial-grade powder coating and a 1/4” THRU jack for sending the input signal to a separate amplifier (if reinforcement is desired).
The RNDI will be available late January 2015 with a retail price of $299 USD. If you’re looking for portable, powerful, larger-than-life tone for your instrument signals, the RNDI is the first standalone DI fit for the Rupert Neve name.
“The RNDI was fine-tuned over a series of listening tests against the best of the most popular high-end DIs available,” said RND’s design team. “Every time we plugged back in to the RNDI, it just seemed to bring the instruments back to life. The lows felt richer, deeper and fuller, and the highs had outstanding clarity without any added harshness. Musically, the RNDI consistently stood out as the DI we wanted to play through.”
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The RNDI will be available late January 2015 with a retail price of US$299. There’s no word as yet on Australian prices.
The R6: Six Space 500 Series Rack
The R6 has more than double the required current for a 6-space chassis and is equipped with LED current metering, and double-shielding on the internal power supply.
With 8 interchangeable (in any combination) channels of I/O options, including DB-25, XLR and TRS, allowing users to take the R6 to another environment where you’re unsure of the cables available, or if you need to convert connections to another format (using the THRU functionality on channels 7-8).
Other features include a solid steel chassis, bumpers, a collapsable handle, matching blank panels (for covering unused slots) and variable-position screw holes to make the installation process go smoothly with any module. The 500 series link function can be enabled in pairs on the R6 using the link jumpers on Channels 1-2, 3-4, or 5-6.
PRICE & AVAILABILITY
The R6 will begin shipping in late January 2015 with a retail price of US$599. And like the RNDI, there’s no word as yet on Australian prices.
Excerpts from Press Release