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ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out  

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Do digital right.

The ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out is a high-quality performer. It has continuously variable input impedance, LED input meters, auto mic/instrument switching, OPL (Output Protection Limiting) flexibility, and more tube warmth. Designed with twin discrete preamplifiers and a flexible V3 (Variable Valve Voicing) 12AX7A gain stage plus analog and digital outputs.

Preamp accepts +20dB peaks while maintaining over 120dB dynamic range and incredibly low distortion. The LED input meter monitors the signal level of the input amplifier.

The auto-switching input allows the DPS II rear inputs to stay patched in while you use the front panel instrument inputs.

It also adds additional tube voicings specifically tailored to vocal, guitar, bass, and acoustic instruments, making this an incredible DI box. The enhanced OPL is available to control overshoots and normalize levels before digital clipping occurs.

A versatile insert loop on each channel provides access for additional signal processing or direct access to a high-quality A/D converter. Separate gain controls on analog and digital outputs allow you to optimize the unit for simultaneous applications. Digital outputs include S/PDIF, TOSLINK, and ADAT (front panel selectable). The A/D converter is front panel adjustable from 44.1 to 96K or syncs to ADAT or external word clock (32kHz to 100kHz). You can patch into any ADAT stream and select which pair (or all) of channels the DPS II transmits.

FEATURES
  • Variable input impedance
  • 24-bit/96kHz A/D conversion
  • Improved V3 Variable Valve Voicing presets
  • LED input meter
  • Analog output meter
  • Enhanced ART tube technology
  • Automatically switches between instrument and mic preamp
  • Wide frequency response: (5Hz - 50kHz)

The perfect blend of digital and analog tube technologies in a sweet preamp. Order yours today.

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ARTDPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out
 
4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

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Warmth and detail, but colors the sound too much

This is a solid pre for some applications. It's certainly got a lot of the tube "warmth." Adds some nice high and low end detail. The thing you need to...Read complete review

This is a solid pre for some applications. It's certainly got a lot of the tube "warmth." Adds some nice high and low end detail. The thing you need to know about it is that it has a huge cut in the frequency response in the low mids, I'd say between 150-350, and also some "cold" resonance boost around 3k. This makes it no good for guitar, or for running a whole mix through it or something. However, it's the perfect curve for vocals, kick drum and bass guitar. The clock is very smooth, I keep it hooked into my interface all the time just for the clock. The best part about it are the features. All kinds of digital ins and outs, plus the whole Variable Valve Voicing thing, which is certainly interesting. Basically a knob that switches between a selection of EQ, gain and compression presets. It can be very handy though, if you sit down and play around with it you'll find some settings that you like for certain applications and end up using it every time. For example the limiter is pretty good for getting a hotter level out of bass or vocals. Overall I wish I had a better pre, this one has too much character, but it makes vocals sound better than they did when I just use the preamps on my interface (a cheap Edirol Firewire unit), and even if I do that it still sounds better as long as I'm using the DPS's clock.

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Disappointed with quality

I was pleased with the sweet sounding and reliable ART Tube MP that I used for years. Needing a couple of more channels of tube warmth for mic applications I ordered this for my...Read complete review

I was pleased with the sweet sounding and reliable ART Tube MP that I used for years. Needing a couple of more channels of tube warmth for mic applications I ordered this for my project studio. The first unit I got suffered from a non-working meter and weak sound on the left channel. I recieved a replacement unit that was also bad - the left channel had an unacceptable buzz/hum that varied somewhat when the digital sample rate button was switched - proving that the noise was in fact internally generated. (and yes I did swap my input sources to verify the noise not being on the right) The S/N ratio on this left channel made it unusable for recording. I did some testing with the right channel, and found it to be somewhat accpetable, but not noticeably superior to my old Tube MP. The Variable Valve Voicing is really not much more than an EQ gimmick, however the OPL is a decent feature. The overall feature set on this unit would make it a bargain if the quality was accpetable. I don't believe in third chances. Its going back for a refund.(FYI: this unit is marked "Made in China")

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5.0

great preamp

By n8

from Portland, OR

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Added Two More Channels
  • Great Tone
  • Great Value

Cons

  • Weird

Best Uses

    Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

    I bought this preamp to add two extra channels to my Presonus Firepod (FP10) through its S/PDIF input. When I first plugged the DPS II into the Firepod, I didn't get any sound. I was worried I had a faulty unit, but in fact Presonus informed me that the S/PDIF input on my Firepod was disabled when I did a firmware upgrade. Presonus sent me the firmware downgrade, and that solved the problem.
    Now I use the DPS II as my main inputs when recording. So far it has made vocals, acoustic guitars and bass sound better than anything I previously recorded with just the Firepod. My only complaint is the reversed orientation of the gain and level controls on each channel. Why is gain on the left on channel 1, and on the right on the channel 2? Why! Other than that, you can't beat this preamp for the money.

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    4.0

    Good for the cost!

    By B.o.N.a

    from Sydney, Australia

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Cheap
    • Easy To Use
    • Good For Amateurs

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Poor Quality Control

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

    The DPS II's Biggest flaw is the manufacturers lack of quality control, for this reason I suggest buying it in store so you may test it out before purchase.

    The product it self is great of the money and as mentioned before you CAN replace the tube (however only do so if you know what you are doing)

    There are clearly better products on the market however if your price range is under 1,000 this would be your go to pre-amp

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good mic pre

    By Sound Can Studio

    from Nashville, TN.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        A great mic pre for the money. Even greater when I changed the tube with a 12 ax7 JJ tube. It was like a blanket had been lifted. Great improvement. If you have one or plan on getting one, replace the tube. You won't be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Definitly worth the buy!

        By humblebassplayer

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        I got this preamp to extend the 2 inputs in my Mbox2 to 4 for drum miking and it works amazingly!! I now use this preamp for all of my miking, and the only time I bother using the mbox2's preamps is when I have to harness all 4 inputs. I'm actually now looking into buying another one just so I can replace the mbox's current preamps with the preamps on the DPS II. Definitely a good buy if you ask me, and well worth it's price.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Warmth and detail, but colors the sound too much

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        This is a solid pre for some applications. It's certainly got a lot of the tube "warmth." Adds some nice high and low end detail. The thing you need to know about it is that it has a huge cut in the frequency response in the low mids, I'd say between 150-350, and also some "cold" resonance boost around 3k. This makes it no good for guitar, or for running a whole mix through it or something. However, it's the perfect curve for vocals, kick drum and bass guitar. The clock is very smooth, I keep it hooked into my interface all the time just for the clock. The best part about it are the features. All kinds of digital ins and outs, plus the whole Variable Valve Voicing thing, which is certainly interesting. Basically a knob that switches between a selection of EQ, gain and compression presets. It can be very handy though, if you sit down and play around with it you'll find some settings that you like for certain applications and end up using it every time. For example the limiter is pretty good for getting a hotter level out of bass or vocals. Overall I wish I had a better pre, this one has too much character, but it makes vocals sound better than they did when I just use the preamps on my interface (a cheap Edirol Firewire unit), and even if I do that it still sounds better as long as I'm using the DPS's clock.

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        3.0

        not all that I expected it to be

        By AzonPro

        from New York, NY

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        I rarely use this unit. I bought it less than a year ago and the right channel stopped working. I just sent it back for warranty repair now. It's covered by a three year warranty, but the shipping already cost me $25, and having to go without the equipment for a month is a drag. Features are good, the sound is decent but I have serious doubts about the reliability factor.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Disappointed with quality

        By Guitarzan-xIpmB

        from Laguna Beach, CA

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        I was pleased with the sweet sounding and reliable ART Tube MP that I used for years. Needing a couple of more channels of tube warmth for mic applications I ordered this for my project studio. The first unit I got suffered from a non-working meter and weak sound on the left channel. I recieved a replacement unit that was also bad - the left channel had an unacceptable buzz/hum that varied somewhat when the digital sample rate button was switched - proving that the noise was in fact internally generated. (and yes I did swap my input sources to verify the noise not being on the right) The S/N ratio on this left channel made it unusable for recording. I did some testing with the right channel, and found it to be somewhat accpetable, but not noticeably superior to my old Tube MP. The Variable Valve Voicing is really not much more than an EQ gimmick, however the OPL is a decent feature. The overall feature set on this unit would make it a bargain if the quality was accpetable. I don't believe in third chances. Its going back for a refund.(FYI: this unit is marked "Made in China")

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A MUST HAVE unit!

        By fidelity fan

        from central USA

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        I am VERY PLEASED with ART's DPS-II Tube "valve" preamp! SO PLEASED that I consider it a MUST HAVE item! (Sure there are much better units available, but not at this price!) ART's product discription is very lame, of which a picture of the unit's back would tell a lot about the audio outputs which were not mentioned. However, one can learn a lot more about the unit by looking at their TPS-II, which is basically (all most the same unit), other than the digital outputs within the DPS-II, which I think is the only difference. ART also failed to mention that the gain can be reduced to unity, allowing line-level signals to be applied to its inputs for line-level signal processing. The unit is amazingly well built and housed in a sturdy metal single space rack mount case, of which also contains the units power supply (which IMPRESSED me as MOST things come with wall wart P/S units so that they don't have to deal with UL guidelines and approvals! Therefore, the self-contained power supply meant a LOT to me from the very start!) I called ART as the manual doesn't mention whether a person can tie several units together for additional inputs at a later date VIA the ADAT outputs, and was told that one can. So assuming that info is correct (and SHOULD be as there is ADAT in and outs for syncronizing the clock signal), one can easily add additional inputs as his need increases. The unit's s/n is VERY impressive, which became immediately evident when upgrading from a competitor's unit (and that's a real world audible test, however I didn't take the time to pull out my test equipment as I personally didn't care beyond that point).At first I was disappointed with the subtle tube effect, however, my opinion quickly changed after connecting a headphone amp directly to the audio outs so I could immediately HEAR the audible changes which the unit's controls make. I'm quite convinced the changes of "coloration" are indeed done within the biasing and feedback of the tube circuit due to my overall impression of the quality of the unit, and not merely just altered EQ settings. (But I've not seen its schematic, nor popped the hood to look inside). Overall, I'm VERY IMPRESSED with the unit, especially for the price! My only MAJOR complaint, is that the unit does not have any air inlets for cooling. No, the tube doesn't excessively heat the chasis, but I would have expected to see some air inlets so that the A-D convertors and their clk wouldn't have to endure the tube's warm environment. Other than my desire for better cooling (no it doesn't run hot, I am just an extremist when it comes to cooling), the DPS-II is an amazingly well built unit that is well worth its cost!

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        5.0

        Simply incredible

        By Mike-01EyZ

        from Silver Spring, MD

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        I love this thing to death. It gives any instrument a incredibly warm tube sound. Good for vocals in the studio. Wouldn't reccomend using it for vocals live because performance gear isnt ready for this bad boy. The digital out was the main reason for me to buy it, but i am finding much more uses for it. Thanks so much for ART for this brilliant product.

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        5.0

        This makes my recordings come to life

        By Van

        from Kirkwood, MO

        Comments about ART DPS II Stereo Tube Preamp with Digital Out:

        Just received the Art DPS II. Was happy that it came in in time for me to record a children's choir that my son is in, I have recorded several concerts before but the Art has made a huge difference in the quality of my recording. I connected my two Earthworks SRO microphones and then went digital out to my Sony Hi-MD. After recording, down-loading to computer, and burning to cd was impressed as hell by the difference this Preamp has made. Gave a copy of this cd to the director and it is going to be used to send out for duplication. Thanks to ART and Musicians Friend for a great product and great service.

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