Avalon M5
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All user reviews for the Avalon M5

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Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 7 reviews )
 6 reviews86 %
 1 user review14 %
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mrjason11/30/2012

mrjason's review"Great but very expensive"

Avalon M5
This preamp is a single channel unit made by Avalon, the M5 has phantom power and it can be racked if you choose to rack it but it will take up 2 rack spaces. There are no compression or EQ on the M5 but it does have 1 XLR inputs and 1 XLR output, both of those are analog because there are no digital inputs or outputs on this model; you also cannot connect this preamp to your computer. This Class A studio amp has great headroom and it is very quiet. You will not hear it running at all, it generates no hissing and will make your microphone sound great.

UTILIZATION

This is a studio preamp, and if you can afford it you need to get your hands on one now. It is priced very high but it is worth it. A local studio that we go to has two of these in it so I get the chance to use it a lot, though I cannot afford to have one for my own studio because the price is just outrageous. The M5 does have a high pass filter on it and a accurate stepped gain control of 2dB.

SOUND QUALITY

The frequency response on the M5 is 1 Hz to 120kHz. Being that this preamp is so expensive, I do recommend checking out another preamp by Vintech called the X73i. It has some of the exact specs of this preamp but it is hundreds of dollars cheaper and it will only take up 1 rack space while still being a Class A preamp (with EQ) .

OVERALL OPINION

If you have the money to purchase the M5 then go for it, I do not feel it is priced well to sell. It is made more for someone who has a bigger budget and a larger studio. There are plenty of other preamps on the market that are similar to this one but a lot cheaper. So in the big scheme of things I would say pass on the M5.
moosers02/25/2009

moosers's review

Avalon M5
The Avalon M5 is a single channel solid state microphone preamp. It has XLR connections and it is not rackable. It also has a big meter that is easy to read and is helpful when setting your level.

UTILIZATION

The configuration and manipulation of the Avalon M5 is basic and easy to follow. You've got a knob to set your microphone level, and one to set the frequency for the filter. It also has a polarity reverse, a -20 dB pad and a filter in button. I've never seen the manual so I can't speak to how helpful it is.

SOUND QUALITY

The overall sound quality of the Avalon M5 is clean will reproduce the signal from your microphones accurately and faithfully. It has a full tone and is extremely easy to get a quick level from this. It won't color your sound and is overall an accurate portrayal of what the microphone sounds like. The filter is handy when I am trying to zero in on a certain tone or for simply cutting noise out of the signal. This works great for a number of different applications including vocals, bass guitar and horns of all kinds, especially on saxophone.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using the Avalon M5 for about a year. Compared to the Avalon 737, this pre is much simpler to use and has a similar tone quality. I love using this pre to get a quick tone when I want to use something other than the preamps in my audio interface or board. The price is pretty expensive, but it is a high end pre and has a great tone to it. Avalon makes well built products with a great sound and the M5 is a prime example of the units they make. I definitley recommend this to those interested in a high quality single channel preamp.
clarke05/04/2011

clarke's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A must"

Avalon M5
Mic preamp transistor class A

UTILIZATION

Very simple
Everything is clear

SOUND QUALITY

Avalon .... simply avalon
Transparent, end ...

OVERALL OPINION

since 1 month
J'utilissais the preamp of my sound card Motu ... nothing to see

Dear .., but it is a must for a microphone preamp
CdRom11/06/2008

CdRom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Avalon M5
- What technology is used? (Analog, digital, tube ...)
Analog, Amplifier Class

- What is the connection?
Unbalanced XLR output.

- Is this a rack or rack-mount model?
Rackable (half rack)
(Allow € 100 for 2 brackets avalon)

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is it simple?
Nor is simple ...

2 knobs: - adjustable low cut filter from 30Hz to 185Hz,
- Gain adjustment of +20 dB to +64 dB (2dB notched)

SOUND QUALITY

- The sound of your instruments or microphones is properly reproduced & The preamp is it clear or does it brings a stain?

Perfect for studio microphones voice, very, very transparent, if necessary colorization of the sound will be made later depending on the type of voice with other various gear or plugins.
For my guitar classic Godin Duet connected to the XLR (microphone built-in capacitor), the sound quality is impressive.
The acoustic, the brightness of the sound is very present - Amplification excellent.

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?
1 year

- What is so special that you like most and least?
Transparency of sound, no breath (no lamp).
Quality knobs & Design of Avalon.

- How would you rate the quality / price?
Quite expensive.
But is the price for the sound quality AVALON (and design).
ayutthaya01/29/2008

ayutthaya's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Avalon M5
AVALON preamp transistor M5.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>Is this a rack or rack model</span> not rack it is about 20 centimeter <span>wide?.</span>

USE

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The configuration is it easy Gnrale</span> Yes but you have to make the asymmetrical cable on XLR or use a female XLR ==> <span>Jack?</span>
1500euros to hurt the wallet to return to Jack in his sound card.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The edition of Is sounds and effects</span> so <span>easy</span> because for the price there is just a gain and a low-cut, no <span>more!</span>
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The manual is clear and sufficient</span> manual is not in <span>Frenchman?.</span>

SOUND QUALITY

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>The sound of your instruments or microphones is properly reproduced?</span>
Too transparent, is whether it is well on the way ...
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>Is prampli transparent or does it brings a stain</span> that is prampli <span>trsdcevant!</span>
it is not better than a preamp 500 Euros, only he has the AVALON logo.

NOTICE GLOBAL

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>How long have you been using it</span> a week and that's enough to go around and understand that it's the damn money in the <span>air!</span>
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>What is the particular feature you like best and least</span> this is a scam for the general public, I want to believe that the SP VT737 home AVALON is very good but the M5 looks like a <span>shot?</span> hyper commercial sale and not very honest that seeks the public's home studio.

<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>How do you report qualitprix</span> I really regret my <span>purchase?.</span>
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>With the exprience, you do again this choice</span> not too <span>expensive!</span>
TSP-POINT29 Studio02/19/2006

TSP-POINT29 Studio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Avalon M5
Preamp Transistor half-rack with separate Power Box
Good quality serrated knobs beautiful c ...
The output is XLR, but it is not symmetric it is necessary to connect the cold mass Pt (!) (See instructions)
Alim 48 to the rear between the rear inst
Adjustable low cut filter and gain setting (notched 4 db) on the front

UTILIZATION

- The general configuration is it simple? yes
- Publishing of sound effects or is it easy? C IS JUST A PREAMP
- The manual is clear and sufficient? ... yes

SOUND QUALITY

- The sound of your instruments or microphones is properly reproduced? yes
The preamp is it clear or does it brings a stain? very transparent

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it? tested on a lot of catches and with different microphones
- How would you rate the quality / price? too expensive (the better stereo verssion AD 2022)
- With experience, you do again this choice? ... I have not kept
- What is so special that you like most and least? DI went to the rear power supply 48 to the rear (not practical) non-symmetrical output for the price I think it's abnormal
the knobs top notched c
good even when it sounds good, but not out sym i repeat c not normal (for avoirt you have to buy another block of power supply! something like (optional balanced JT-1 transformer).)
mickael7704/29/2004

mickael77's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Avalon M5
- What technology is used? analog amplifier class A
- What are the effects or types of effects available? no
- What is the connection? xlr
- Is this a rack or rack MODEL? Rackable

UTILIZATION

- The configuration gnrale Is it easy? yes
- The edition of sounds and effects is it easy? huh?
- The manual is clear and sufficient? yes

SOUND QUALITY

- The sound of your instruments or microphones is properly reproduced? IT'S PERFECT
- The prampli is it clear or does it brings a stain? IT'S PERFECT

Voil DSOL to the thinness of my rponses, but the sound is perfect. In a breathtaking transparency (in the case to say).

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it? 6 months
- What is the particular feature you like best and least? the sound is absolutely gnial
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir? yes
- How do you report qualitprix? perfect (expensive but great)
- With the exprience, you do again this choice? ABSOLUTELY!