Chameleon Labs 7603 XMOD
Mono Mic/Line Preamp + EQ & DI with Carnhill Transformers
The 7603 XMOD is identical in every way to Chameleon's flagship 7603 pre-amplifier, except for the use of Carnhill UK manufactured input and output transformers.
As with the 7603 its fundamental design architecture retraces the path of revered, classic pre-amps of the past as well as our popular 7602, however Chameleon has chosen to continue the tradition created by the 7602 XMOD, allowing users to revel in the character and performance afforded by these legendary English components.
Displaying the same high dynamics and low distortion, the 7603 XMOD simply provides a different character to the sound of the pre-amplifier.
Once your audio exits the input transformer, our circuit boards are carefully crafted to ensure the highest possible signal integrity. As a starting point, we developed a new discrete audio input gain stage based on our vision for a solid topology that provides extremely low noise, high dynamics and extreme bandwidth. All of the 7603's operational amplifiers used throughout the device are based on this topology.
The 7603 features EQ stages with four different available adjustments—Variable High Pass, Low Frequency Shelving, Mid Frequency and High Frequency Shelving. Our engineers made a conscious decision to stay with the same, desirable, inductor-based topology that made our 7602 so popular, however we implemented our new discrete Op Amp to drive signal through a new set of custom Chameleon designed and manufactured inductors, providing the musicality we all love to use.
The 7603's output stage is unique with respect to its design and performance. It can be described as a variable gain circuit that simultaneously adjusts both the input and output levels in order to generate a lower noise floor and extraordinary audio performance. It ultimately drives a newly-designed output transformer that is wound and gapped to our specifications and taste.
The 7603 pre-amplifier provides a desirable set of user selectable functions designed to make the unit flexible and an integral part of the artistic process, incorporating a full portfolio of traditional features as well as some not commonly seen on other pre-amps.
Microphone input impedance can be selected between 300 and 1200 ohms, providing a method by which a microphone can be more ideally matched to the input stage and making it easier to get the best from lower output microphones such as ribbon-based designs.
We added a low impedance Direct Input on the front panel for plugging in instruments such as guitars that can be run through the line input stage, and added a precision VU meter with custom ballistics for visual monitoring of either the input or output levels.
- UK Carnhill input & output transformers
- Three band, inductor based EQ
- High resolution, low noise discrete audio circuitry
- 48V phantom powerfor mic input
- Multi voltage, high current power supply
- Overload input and output indicators
- Custom VU meter with calibrated ballistics
- Relay based selection of Line / Mic & DI Inputs