There are a vast number of mic preamps available and today people choose Mic Preamps based on the sound and performance for particular sources, different mics and how those combinations work in individual songs. This approach is valid but tends to require at least 3 or 4 different stereo preamps (almost all are basic stereo) and that can be expensive when quality is involved and certainly overkill for most simple overdubs when we get the chance to choose the micpre.The Manley TNT is a new concept in microphone preamplification for those who don't always need stereo everything but often need choices and often need the best. Besides, you probably have a number of typical stereo preamps and are still looking for that one killer preamp.
Manley Labs saw a need for a different unit that truly offered a rainbow of high-end preamp colors at an affordable price. The "T" (Tubes) channel starts off with the highly acclaimed vacuum tube micpre from the SLAM! that is certainly a contender amongst the best cost-no-object tube preamps. The "NT" (No Tubes) channel adds a no-compromise solid-state preamp that sets new sonic standards. (Just trust us.) Because the solid-state side uses two opposite topologies in tandem that are user controllable, it is like getting two pre-amp 'sounds' on that side alone.
The MANLEY TNT is a remarkable and desirable tube preamp on one side and its equivalent in solid-state on the other side. These are not simulations, not samples, nor are they a clone or a toy. It is really good ol' analog done right.
The first request for this preamp and what started the project, was two-part: 1) Provide the SLAM! Mic Pre, by itself at a great price and 2) don't abandon the concept of a basic preamp where "one just plugs in a mic and it sounds great" (without needing to adjust 6 controls). The solid-state side helps keep the price reasonable while providing a much bigger range of colors and options and while there a few more knobs and switches, their action tends to be subtle and intuitive while difficult to dial in a bad setting. You don't have to tweak, but if you want to, it's there without much possibility of going wrong. Now there is a challenge: Give me a really useful range of colors because I don't want to buy 6 preamps, yet it's gotta be fast and safe to operate, and not too expensive, please, but you had better give me Manley quality.
Of course, all the usual front panel features: phantom power, phase switch, HP filters, LED overload and level indicators, and instrument inputs are there. Phantom is soft-switched and shunt regulated for lowest noise. (There are 6 low noise shunt regulators, and 5 standard regulators in the solid-state side). The High Pass Filter is a new approach, but suffice it to say that with it bypassed, the preamp is designed to have almost DC response (.01Hz) at all gain settings. The LED meter is set up to indicate first and second stage clipping, even though the output is capable of greater than +30 dBu (70 volts peak to peak into 50 Ohms from the solid-state side actually!). While we are tossing out numbers, both the current mode and voltage mode preamps sport EIN numbers of 130dB, very close to the theoretical minimum noise possible. So this thing is gravely quiet! All prices are valid for U.S. sales only.