Madrid, Spain (October 24, 2017)—Heritage Audio has introduced its Reference Audio Monitoring (RAM) series, consisting of three models. Reportedly the result of over two years of “intensive, full time research and development at the Heritage Audio headquarters in Madrid, these monitor source switching systems offer a range of associated features including such as flexible headphone amplifiers and much more.
Each RAM System features identical core analog circuitry, from the smallest RAM System 500 to the 5.1-ready RAM System 5000. Key features include gold-plated relay switching throughout, a 64-step relay ladder attenuator system for master level, and more.
The RAM System 500 ($499 MSRP) is a two-slot 500 Series module unit with three stereo inputs—one on the front via Neutrik Combo connectors— and Bluetooth input (for AAC, APTX and SBC audio). Additionally, one stereo speaker output, one headphone output, and 20 dB DIM, MUTE and MONO functions are available.
The RAM System 2000 (pictured, $899 MSRP) is a desktop unit “with a classic look,” notes promotional materials, and offers high quality illuminated engraved buttons for all functions. Inputs include three pairs of balanced analog inputs; input three is unbalanced configurable). Independent CUE input, for making specific cue mixes to musicians. Other features include a Burr Brown 24-bit /192 kHz DAC input via SPDIF connector; Bluetooth input; three output pairs; independent Mix output following Input, pre-fader; independent Subwoofer output, sharable between speaker pairs; MUTE/ SOLO functionality; dual user-assignable preset levels; built-in talkback “with console like management, including talkback to cue, talkback to mix and universal talkback; dual high-current, diamond buffer-based headphone amplifiers, source-selectable between mix and cue signals; and LED metering.
Finally, the flagship RAM System 5000 ($1,999 MSRP) is a main rack-mounted unit and wireless remote-based system uniquely featuring wireless talkback functionality. Similarly designed to the RAM System 2000 with universal illuminated buttons, the System 5000 is 5.1 or stereo ready. It features four pairs of balanced analog inputs in Stereo mode as well as one 5.1 input plus an additional stereo analog input in surround mode. One pair of unbalanced RCA inputs is also available. Cirrus Logic’s Wolfson WM8741 24 bit/192 kHz DAC is utilized, selectable between AES/EBU, SPDIF and Toslink digital input. Bluetooth input is also available. Further, four pairs of CUE inputs via D-Sub connectors are offered, ideal for making cue mixes. 5.1 output plus two stereo outputs in 5.1 mode are provided; five pairs of stereo outputs are available in stereo mode. Independent Mix output, following input, pre-fader, is provided, plus independent Subwoofer output.
Other features of the RAM System 5000 include MUTE/ SOLO functionality; dual user-assignable preset levels; MUTE, DIM, MONO and PHASE REVERSE functionality; and dual headphone amplifiers, source selectable between mix and cue signals. The RAM System 5000’s remote includes an extended-life battery, rechargeable via USB cable plus charging dock.
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