Schoeps VMS 5 U Stereo Microphone Preamplifier

Schoeps VMS 5 U Stereo Microphone Preamplifier

Schoeps VMS 5 U Stereo Microphone Preamplifier

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Schoeps VMS 5 U Stereo Microphone Preamplifier

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Product Highlights

  • Battery or DC Powered
  • Standard XLR Input
  • Input for Colette Modular System
  • Built-In M/S Matrix
  • Dual Low-Cut Filters at 20 and 150Hz
  • 1/4" Headphone Output
  • Switchable Phantom Power
  • Automatic Shut-Off
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  • 1Description
The Schoeps VMS 5 U Stereo Microphone Preamplifier is a portable microphone preamp that can be powered by either the 6 included AA batteries or an optional power adapter (sold separately). It has both a standard XLR input as well as a special socket that accepts the Active Y-Cable from the Colette modular system.

The VMS 5 U features a built-in M/S matrix for mid-side decoding and has switchable phantom power for use with condenser mics. It features 2 low-cut filters: a permanent 20Hz filter and a selectable 150Hz cut. The preamp can detect if voltage is too low and automatically shuts off. An automatic switchover quickly changes the power source to internal batteries if AC power is lost. A 1/4" headphone jack allows you to monitor directly from the preamp itself.
Switchable phantom powering and M/S matrix
Frequency response: 20 Hz - 80 kHz (-3 dB)
Two low-cut filters: 20 Hz (permanent) and 150 Hz (switchable)
Inputs: XLR-3F (balanced) and special socket for Active Y-Cable of the Colette modular system
Outputs: XLR-3M (balanced); connection to unbalanced inputs without loss of signal level
Headphone monitor output
Gold-plated sockets and switch contacts for long service life
Glitch-free, automatic switchover to internal batteries in the event of AC power loss
Runs on six AA batteries (included) or optional external DC supply (sold separately)
Automatic shut-off if voltage gets too low
Gold-plated sockets and switch contacts
Aluminum Housing
In the Box
Schoeps VMS 5 U Stereo Microphone Preamplifier
  • 6 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 80 kHz (-3 dB)
    Input Impedance 20 kΩ
    Input Switchable between two XLR-3F sockets and a special input for the Schoeps KCY active cable
    Maximum Input Level @ 4 dB Gain Setting: 14 dBV (5 Vrms) @ 0.5% THD
    @ 20 dB Gain Setting: -2.2 dBV (780 mVrms) @ 0.5% THD
    Gain Preamplifier Gain: Can be set to 4, 10, 20, 30, or 40 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL) With CMC 6 and MK 4 (cardioid):
    @ a gain of 4 dB: 132 dB @ 0.5% THD
    @ 10 dB: 132 dB @ 0.5% THD
    @ 20 dB: 130 dB @ 0.5% THD
    @ 30 dB: 120 dB @ 0.5% THD
    @ 40 dB: 109 dB @ 0.5% THD
    Equivalent Noise Level @ 4 dB: 16.5 dB-A
    @ 10 dB: 16 dB-A
    @ 20 dB: 15.5 dB-A
    @ 30 dB: 15.5 dB-A
    @ 40 dB: 15.5 dB-A

    CCIR:
    @ 4 dB: 27.5 dB-CCIR
    @ 10 dB: 26.5 dB-CCIR
    @ 20 dB: 26 dB-CCIR
    @ 30 dB: 26 dB-CCIR
    @ 40 dB: 25.5dB-CCIR
    Leveling Indicators 20 dB, -3 dB
    Output The outputs are impedance-balanced and transformerless, and are switchable between the amplified microphone signals and the decoded M/S stereo signals
    Output Impedance 100 Ω
    Maximum Output Level 18 dBV (8 Veff) @ 0.5% THD
    Load Impedance Minimum Recommended Load Impedance: 2 kΩ
    Headphone Output Switchable; either the amplified microphone signals (left/right for A/B recordings, or mid/side for M/S) or the decoded M/S stereo signals can be monitored
    Output Impedance 32 to 2,000 Ω
    Socket Output Socket: 1/4" (6.3 mm) stereo phone jack
    Filter Infrasonic filter (20 Hz, 18 dB/oct.): permanently active
    Low-cut Filter (150 Hz, 6 dB/oct.): can be switched on
    Upper Frequency Limit: 80 kHz
    Powering Options Internal filter / regulator circuit generates and stabilizes the supply voltages permits a wide range of input voltages (5.5 to 15.5 V)
    Battery and Power Operation with internal batteries (including rechargeable):
    Number and Type of Cells: 6 x AA (LR6)
    Recommended Primary Cell Type: Alkaline
    Recommended Rechargeable Cell Type: NiMH

    Battery Life with Alkaline Cells: Approximately 8.5 hours
    Battery Life with Rechargeable Batteries: Approximately 3 hours (700 mAh NiCd)
    Approximately 5 hours (1100 mAh NiMH)
    Approximately 5.5 hours (1300 mAh NiMH)
    Approximately 7 hours (1600 mAh NiMH)
    Approximately 12 hours (3400 mAh gelled lead-acid battery [external])
    External Power AC Power Adapter: Model VMS DC (sold separately)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) Approximately 6.3 x 2.3 x 6.7" (162 x 60 x 171 mm)
    Weight Approximately 2.4 lb (1.1 kg) with batteries

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