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PRECISION 8i (International)

The Precision 8i is the international version of the acclaimed Precision 8, designed to provide the detailed, transparent sonic performance necessary for the highest quality direct tracking and live sound applications, throughout the world. Like its USA version, the i includes a unique combination of features which make it useful as a complete input system for MDM's, HDR's, and DAW's, while offering a reliable solution for international power demands. Two sonically accurate discrete FET instrument inputs (DI's) are available for recording or live sound applications in which realistic, unaffected sound quality is desired. The 5-segment peak-hold level metering with selectable peak reference allows rapid optimization of program levels between the Precision 8i and devices to which it is interfaced.

Precision 8i is ideal for location recording due to its 8-channel single rack unit format, smooth continuous gain controls, useful level metering, and easy interconnect. The integral MS decoder provides creative spatial image control that is particularly useful in attaining an exciting stereo image with minimum effort and microphone repositioning.

With the emphasis shifting to digital audio platforms and modular configurations, software "plug-ins" are replacing many outboard signal processors. Other than the microphone itself, the microphone preamplifier is the most significant analog device remaining in the signal chain. Precision 8i, with its sonically pure design, simple-to-use features, and unparalleled cost/performance value, is the ultimate solution for state-of-the-art digital recording studios and project studios.

Precision 8i front panel detail

Precision 8i rear channel input showing DI combo connectors

• Eight highly transparent solid state microphone preamps in a 1 unit rack configuration
• Sturdy outboard power supply designed for international power requirements
• Challenges the recognized leaders in sonic accuracy and performance
• Built-in M-S (Mid-Side) decoding for creative spatial image control
• Active, high-impedance instrument inputs ("DI's") selectable on two channels
• 5-segment level indicators with peak-hold feature and selectable peak reference
• Smooth continuous gain controls
• Easy interface to MDM's, HDR's, DAW's, or consoles
• Dual DB25/TRS outputs for flexible interconnection
• Elegant, sturdy physical design
• Exceptional cost per channel value


Precision 8i rear panel output connectors

PRECISION 8i uses a high-voltage composite architecture with discrete devices plus integrated circuits. It offers very low noise and distortion as well as high headroom. The totally balanced dual-servo design eliminates nearly all capacitors in the audio path and is DC-coupled at the output. All this results in a very detailed and transparent sound quality which challenges even the most esoteric microphone preamps.

Precision 8i channel 1 and 2 MS selector

Precision 8i Power Supply


Gain (microphone): +16 to +64 dB
Gain (direct input): -4 to +44 dB
Frequency Response (gain=40 dB): 1.5 Hz to 500 kHz (+0/-3 dB)
Maximum Output Level: +31 dBu
Maximum Input Level: +15 dBu
Input Impedance (microphone): 5.5 kOhms
Input Impedance (direct input): 2 Mohms
Noise (Rs=0 Ohms): -132 dB e.i.n.
Slew Rate: > 40 V/uS
CMRR (CMV=+10 dBu): 85 dB
Crosstalk: -130 dB
THD (+26 dBu, 100 kOhm): .0008%
Power Requirements: 100/120/220/230/240VAC, 50/60Hz, 44 Watts
Dimensions (chassis):
W=17.4 in. (442 mm)
D =13.4 in. (341 mm)
H =1.74 in. (44.2mm)
Knob extension: 1 in. (25.4 mm)
Weight: 14.5 lbs. (6.6 kg)

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Typical performance. Specifications subject to change without notice.