The Midas DL153 Stagebox is a 2U 19" fixed-configuration rack I/O unit with 16 mic/line level inputs and 8 line level outputs and delivers legendary MIDAS sound quality utilising Midas time-tested and road-proven technologies.
The MIDAS microphone preamplifier is considered by leading live sound and recording engineers to be the very essence of the famous MIDAS sound. More than 40 years of design experience paired with the finest choice of premium-grade components lead to the acclaimed warmth and depth - bringing out subtle ambience, maintaining spatial positioning and more effectively capturing a precise sound image. The acclaimed sound of the award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifier has inspired generations of live sound engineers to their best work, creating sonic panoramas that have captivated audiences worldwide.
Since pristine sound always begins with the microphone preamplifier, the first point where the signal enters the console, DL153 features the latest generation of MIDAS microphone preamplifiers, which faithfully reproduce every sonic detail so no part of a performance will ever be missed. Transparent and pristine sound, low noise and high common-mode rejection are all hallmarks of this classic design.
Over the years many mix engineers have found this robust and overload-tolerant design takes on a whole new dimension of sound when driven hard, the crystal-clear audiophile reproduction giving way to just the right combination of harmonics, a warm and organic sound heard by millions of concert goers and recorded for posterity on countless live albums over the years.
SuperMAC (AES50-Compliant) digital audio networking technology from KLARK TEKNIK simultaneously provides high channel counts, ultra low and deterministic latencies, sample-synchronous and phase-aligned networked clock distribution, error detection and correction, network redundancy, and ease of deployment and use – to meet the demanding requirements of live concert touring.
DL153 features 8 active servo-balanced low impedance line level outputs with high output current capability for driving long cable runs.
The outputs feature an automatic mute facility if the audio signal path is muted by the mixing console operator, and individual LED indicators are provided for each output connector.
DL153 supports multiple sample rates for the AES50 connections - 96 kHz for use with MIDAS PRO Series, and 48 kHz for use with MIDAS M32 Series.
All configuration settings for DL153 can be set either remotely from the mixing console, or directly via the intuitive and easy to understand front panel. DL153 features a front panel LCD display with intuitive menu navigation for all configuration options with LED status indicators, which provide clear feedback of operational status over wide viewing angles and distances. Clear indication is provided showing power supply output rail condition and AES50 and Ethernet network connection status and activity.
Featuring a rugged steel 2U rackmount enclosure, the DL153 is designed for the rigours of live concert touring. Premium Neutrik connectors are used for reliable audio and network connections, night after night.
DL153 features a universal power supply, which is auto-voltage sensing for use on a worldwide basis.
The main features of the Midas DL153 Stagebox include:
- 16 award-winning MIDAS microphone preamplifiers with switchable +48 V phantom power
- 8 electronically balanced low impedance line level outputs
- Remote operation up to 100 m via CAT5/5e cable
- Selectable 96 kHz or 48 kHz sample rate operation
- All settings programmable from front panel controls or console
- PSU status indicator LEDs and configuration LCD display on front panel
- Supports dual redundant AES50 networks
- Features Neutrik etherCON* AES50 network ports
- Rugged 2U rackmount chassis for durability in portable applications
- Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply
- 3-Year Warranty Program*
- Designed and engineered in England