High Voltage = High Headroom = High Fidelity
From America's premier high-end studio gear manufacturer, the Manley FORCE bursts into 2015 with four channels of vacuum tube microphone preamplifiers extracted from the hugely popular and award winning Manley CORE®, housed in an exquisitely gorgeous chassis, meticulously hand-crafted, purposefully and efficiently California built for $2500 MSRP. That's right. FOUR channels of real High Voltage vacuum tube mic preamps for $2500!
A FORCE of Nature
Your relationship with the FORCE begins with the ergonomic facia through its thoughtfully organized controls, silky and bulletproof rotary potentiometers, positive latching feature switches, and convenient Direct Input 1/4" jacks. Seven-way LED metering for each channel provides instant visible feedback for audio levels which are enhanced with a double-inlay CNC-milled accent. A feast for the eyes, yeah, we know. This is investment grade audio equipment that you will be as proud to showcase in your studio as we are to handcraft it here in Southern California.
A Sonic Tour de FORCE.
Your microphone signals enter through gold-plated XLR connectors straight into our MANLEY IRON® Mic input transformer. Your line level or instrument level guitars and keyboards come in via the front panel 1/4" Hi-Z 10 megOhm jacks before hitting the input level control which also acts as a Variable Input Pad. Phase Reverse and 120Hz High Pass filters can be invoked here in the circuit and then we're into the 12AX7 dual triode amplifying stage operating in pure Class A, of course. The amount of GAIN for each channel can be selected as 40dB or 50dB via the front panel switches. An additional 10dB of gain is available via internal jumpers. The output stage "can drive a truck" as we like to brag.
A Powerful FORCE
The power supply is an innovative design developed specifically for Manley Labs, specifically for High Voltage vacuum tubes, and specifically for audio by the world expert team in this technology led by Bruno Putzeys. Proven reliable and sonically superior in the Manley CORE, this power supply provides 300 Volt DC rails to run the vacuum tubes, beefy 6 Volt lines to power them up, along with several other voltage rails for the phantom power and various solid-state control voltages. High Voltage = High Headroom, folks. You will not get near this sonic performance with in any 500-series design. Trust us. This is Full FORCE audio excellence which starts with this superior power supply. All lines are importantly regulated, low impedance, efficient, and super-quiet in this low radiating high frequency design. The universal mains input accepts any voltage or frequency from anywhere in the world making travel with the FORCE a breeze.
A FORCE to be Reckoned With.
How did we deliver all this for just $2500? By prioritizing what really matters: that strong Manley sound, the proven componentry and rugged overbuilt construction, presented in an inspiring package. But engineered to build efficiently and by really paying attention to how it all goes together, proudly built by Manley’s American workFORCE. A Compelling FORCE for you. This is our Driving FORCE. Let us share it with you.
Each Channel Features:
"Fear not the Force’s comparable affordability, as $2,500 does not represent a compromised Manley product, rather the efficiencies of smart, modern production. Hand-built in California with notable local sourcing, the Force is a guilt-free purchase for the consumer with a conscience. Manley brags that this high-operating voltage design offers performance that’s simply not possible in 500 Series designs. I agree. It seems that such a full-scale design encourages longevity and, at only approximately $625 per channel, the cost is comparable to not only 500 Series preamps but to “budget gear” in general."
|- Rob Tavaglione, ProSoundNetwork|
Tips 'n' Tricks!
Think of the INPUT LEVEL control more like a Variable Input Pad. Always start with the FORCE in LOW GAIN setting with the Input Level control all the way up. If the signal level is too high, roll back the INPUT control to pad down the input. If you don't have enough gain with the Input Level control all the way up, then go to the HIGH GAIN setting.
What you don't want to do is have the unit in HIGH GAIN with the input pad barely cracked open. That will bring the worst signal to noise ratio condition.
Try not to throw away your level on the INPUT control. Work with it as far up as you can, as a general rule.