$ 699.95 -14%
$ 599.95

Take command of your monitors.

You need to be able to switch between multiple sets of monitors and hear what your mix sounds like with and without a subwoofer. You want to be able to switch between multiple analog and digital sources. And you want to do it without sacrificing clarity and transparency. Meet the Central Station PLUS, the professional’s choice for monitor control.



A variety of connections for all of your sources and destinations.

With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources and one stereo digital input source. The digital inputs provide up to 24-bit, 192 kHz digital-to-analog conversion, and the converters deliver more than 115 dB of dynamic range. The Central Station will automatically detect and lock to the sampling rate of the source device.

You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker. You also get two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. If two sets of cans aren’t enough, simply connect the line-level cue outputs to a headphone distribution system—say, a PreSonus® HP2, HP4, or HP60. And because Central Station is a 1U rack-mount device, with only one multi-conductor cable running to the remote control on your desktop, all of the cabling is in the back of your rack, where it belongs.

Pure, audiophile-quality sound.

The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That’s why we gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and we equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters.

The Central Station uses the highest-quality passive components, including military-grade, 1% tolerance, metal-film resistors; multi-element potentiometers; and durable connectors to deliver the highest sonic performance. This ensures the most transparent signal path and maximizes dynamic range, frequency response, and headroom while minimizing noise and coloration.

A wealth of features gives you a complete monitoring solution.

We’ve included plenty of extras to make your studio work easy and efficient. Talk to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input. Use a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and Dim and Mute switches let you reduce or mute the speaker outputs without changing the referenced position on your main level knob. To top it off, the included CSR-1 remote control lets you manage it all from your desktop.

With its combination of I/O, audio quality, and features, it’s no surprise that the Central Station PLUS is indeed the professional’s choice for monitor control.

CSR-1 Remote Control

The CSR-1 provides remote control of volume for each input pair and for the talkback mic, as well as controlling muting, input-source switching, and passive speaker-output switching. The Dim and Mono features can also be controlled from the remote unit.

A built-in electret condenser talkback mic with momentary on/off Talk button enables you to address the musicians through their headphones. (The Central Station main unit also has a talkback mic, so make sure to turn down whichever talkback mic you are using!

Central Station connects to the CSR-1 via the included proprietary DB15 cable, enabling you to keep the Central Station in your rack and control it from your desktop. This provides maximum convenience with minimum wiring, keeping your workspace free of cable clutter.

Features

  • 3 sets of stereo analog inputs let you switch between sources
  • 2 sets of S/PDIF digital inputs (coax and optical)
  • 3 sets of stereo speaker outputs with:
    • Speaker Select switches
    • Recessed trim pot for each speaker output

Cue section with:

  • Input-select switch
  • Output-level control

Main section with:

  • Input-select switch
  • Aux-input level control
  • Output-level control
  • Mute, Dim (-20 dB), and Mono switches

2 headphone outputs, each with:

  • Dual-function volume controls
  • Main-Cue input switches
  • Passive audio path: no op amps or IC's in main audio path
  • Onboard talkback microphone
  • Talkback microphone input w/level control (feeds headphone and cue outputs)
  • Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering (dBu and dBfs) with:
    • Clear Peak switch
    • Calibrate to match DAW or other audio device
  • Footswitch jack for hands-free talkback operation
  • Included Control Station Remote (CSR-1) provides remote control of:
    • Main Volume
    • Input select
    • Output select
    • Talkback
    • Mute
    • Dim
    • Mono

Input/Output

  • 4 balanced ¼" analog line inputs (2 L/R pairs)
  • 2 unbalanced RCA analog line inputs (L/R pair)
  • 1 stereo S/PDIF optical (TOSLINK) digital input
  • 1 stereo S/PDIF coax (RCA) digital input
  • 1 balanced XLR talkback-microphone input
  • 6 balanced ¼", line-level speaker outputs (3 L/R pairs) w/separate, passive volume controls
  • 2 balanced ¼", line-level Main outputs (1 L/R pair) with source selection
  • 2 balanced ¼", line-level Cue outputs (1 L/R pair) with volume control and source selection
  • 2 stereo ¼" headphone jacks w/dual-function volume controls and Main-Cue input switches
  • 1 DB15 port for optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)

Digitalia

  • S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs
  • High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)

Physical

  • 1U 19" rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
  • External AC power supply

CSR-1 Remote

  • Remote-control all functions of Central Station, including:
    • Input switching
    • Speaker selection
    • Main volume
    • Talkback system
  • Onboard electret condenser talkback microphone
  • Talk button (momentary switch) for talkback system
  • Active light shows when CSR-1 is controlling main volume
  • Connects with a proprietary DB15 cable (included)
  • Keep desktop neat and clutter-free

Technical Specifications

Audio Inputs

 

TRS 1 & 2

 
Type ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
Input Impedance 2-5 kΩ (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
S/N Ratio > 140 dB
THD+N < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
Frequency Response > 1 MHz

AUX

 
Type RCA Active-Unbalanced
Input Impedance 8 kΩ
S/N Ratio > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
THD+N < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
Gain Range -90 dB to +20 dB

S/PDIF

 
Types RCA 75Ω coax and Toslink optical
Dynamic Range 117 dB
THD+N 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
Maximum output +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Note: All Input specifications (except Input Impedance) measured at Speaker A output, Trim and Main Level set to maximum.

Physical

 

Main Chassis

 
Package Type 1U steel chassis
Dimensions 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
Weight 5.0 lbs

External Power Supply (factory configured)

 
Package Type Molded Plastic
Dimensions 2.5 (W) X 2.3 (H) X 4.0 (D) inches
Weight 2.5 lbs

Input Meters

 
Type Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
Range -48 dB to +18 dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
Accuracy > 0.25 dB
Frequency Range 10 Hz-22 kHz
Calibrate Range ±18 dB

Audio Outputs

 

Speakers

 
Type ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
Type-Mono Activated ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
Trim Range -90 dB to 0 dB
Main Level Range -90 dB to 0 dB
Dim Attenuation -30 dB

Main

 
Type ¼" TRS Active-Balanced
Output Impedance 51Ω
THD+N < 0.0025%
Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB

Cue

 
Type ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
Output Impedance 51Ω
THD+N Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
Gain Range -90 dB to 0 dB
Dim Attenuation -30 dB (Talkback activated)

Headphones

 
Type ¼" TRS Active Stereo
Maximum Output 150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load
THD+N 0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load)
Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, +1 dB

Talkback

 

Dynamic Microphone Input

 
Type XLR Female Balanced
Input Impedance 2400Ω

Internal Microphone

 
Type Electret Condenser
Sensitivity -42 dB

Mic Preamp

 
Gain Range 15-55 dB

Power Supply

 
Type External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
Power Consumption 40 VA

CSR-1 Control Station Remote

 
Dimensions 0.38 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
Weight 1.25 lbs.
Cable 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)
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