PreSonus Central Station PLUS Studio Monitor Controller

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A more efficient way to take command of your monitor speakers.

The Central Station PLUS provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers. With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources. Two stereo S/PDIF digital sources connect via one coax and one Toslink optical port. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker-recessed to avoid accidents.

You also get a pair of line-level main outputs, a pair of line-level cue outputs, and two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. 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.

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

The Meters
To enable you to watch your input levels, the Central Station sports dual 30-segment, tri-colored, fast-acting, peak-hold LED meters, which can display dBu and dBfs. A handy Clear switch lets you clear the peak-hold.

A Complete Tool Set
Because Central Station PLUS is a professional tool, PreSonus included all of the key features you'll need to manage monitors in a commercial or project studio. Speak to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input.

The cue signal is automatically dimmed when you use the talkback mic, and a jack admits a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and a Dim switch lets you reduce the speaker output by 16dB. Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

CSR-1 Remote
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 (TRS1, TRS2, Aux, and S/PDIF), and passive speaker-output switching (stereo pairs A, B, and C). An Active light illuminates when the CSR-1 is controlling main volume. The Dim and Mono features also can 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 aren't using!)

Central Station connects to the CSR-1 via a proprietary DB15 cable (included), 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.

  • Central Station PLUS
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mute
  • Dim
  • Mono
  • 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

Take control with Central Station PLUS! Order today!


Central Station PLUS Studio Monitor Controller Specifications:

  • Audio Inputs
    TRS 1 & 2
    Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
    Input Impedance: 2-5 kÎ (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
    S/N Ratio: > 140dB
    THD+N: < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
    Frequency Response: > 1 MHz
    Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 8 kÎ
    S/N Ratio: > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
    THD+N: < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB
    Gain Range: -90dB to +20dB
    Types: RCA 75Î coax and Toslink optical
    Dynamic Range: 117dB
    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
    Audio Outputs
    Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
    Type-Mono Activated: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
    Trim Range: -90dB to 0dB
    Main Level Range: -90dB to 0dB
    Dim Attenuation: -30dB
    Type: ¼" TRS Active-Balanced
    Output Impedance: 51Î
    THD+N: < 0.0025%
    Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB
    Type: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
    Output Impedance: 51Î
    THD+N: Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz, -0.5dB
    Gain Range: -90dB to 0dB
    Dim Attenuation: -30dB (Talkback activated)
    Type: ¼" TRS Active Stereo
    Maximum Output: 150 mW/channel @ 60Î load
    THD+N: 0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60Î load)
    Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz, +1dB
    Dynamic Microphone Input
    Type: XLR Female Balanced
    Input Impedance: 2400Î
    Internal Microphone
    Type: Electret Condenser
    Sensitivity: -42dB
    Mic Preamp
    Gain Range: 15-55dB
    Input Meters
    Type: Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
    Range: -48dB to +18dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
    Accuracy: > 0.25dB
    Frequency Range: 10Hz-22kHz
    Calibrate Range: ±18dB
    Power Supply
    Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
    Power Consumption: 40 VA
    Main Chassis
    Package Type: 1U steel chassis
    Dimensions: 19" (W) x 1.75" (H) x 6.25" (D)
    Weight: 5lb.
    External Power Supply (factory configured)
    Package Type: Molded Plastic
    Dimensions: 2.5" (W) X 2.3" (H) x 4" (D)
    Weight: 2.5lb.

    CSR-1 Control Station Remote
    Dimensions: .38" (W) x 5.75" (H) x 2.38" (D)
    Weight: 1.25lb.
    Cable: 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)
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