The matte gray Colette CMC 5 U Microphone Amplifier from Schoeps is designed exclusively for 48V phantom powering and features discrete circuitry. The microphone amplifier provides the electrostatic charge which an optional Shoeps' microphone capsule (not included) requires in order to produce a signal. Since only a miniscule amount of current is contained in this signal, amplification of the current is required. To avoid interference to the signal on the way from the microphone to the input of the mixer or preamp, the signal is conveyed at low impedance and in balanced form. The CMC 5 U amplifier offers a balanced, transformerless, direct-coupled Class A output stage with low impedance, low distortion, and resistance from interference.