Here’s What Cranborne Audio say about the Camden 500 Series Preamp:
Camden 500 is the most astoundingly clean, linear, transparent preamp you’ve ever heard. But it also has “Mojo” - 2 discrete custom analogue saturation circuits that can be applied, exaggerated, and perhaps best of all - bypassed.
Clean, Precise, and Natural
Camden 500 provides the utmost clarity and detail when it is most required. Its custom 'Camden' topology achieves stunning low-noise and low-distortion performance: -129.8dB EIN (150ohm, unweighted) and THD+N as low as 0.0002%. It also sets a new standard for frequency and phase linearity: ±0.7dB frequency response from 5Hz to 200kHz at max gain and <2° phase shift @ 50Hz – 20kHz. The sum result is the most natural sounding preamp you've ever heard.
Vintage, Warm and Coloured
Camden 500 features "Mojo" - a custom analogue saturation circuit that transforms Camden 500 into the fattest, warmest, most colourful mic preamp in your arsenal. Designed to introduce harmonics and saturation effects that our favourite vintage gear produces, Mojo can be subtle, it can be exaggerated, but best of all it can be bypassed...
Featuring a custom *transformerless front-end topology with 68.5dB of gain, Camden 500 achieves ground-breaking performance in noise, distortion, frequency response, and phase shift throughout all 12 gain positions.
3-Way Input Type Switch
Tailored input impedance and headroom for Mic, Line, and Hi-Z sources means punchy and full-range line recording with +26.5dBu of input headroom as well as alive and natural sounding DI'd instruments with its unique BJT design and 1.5M Ohm input impedance.
- EIN: <-129.5dBu, 150 ohm source, unweighted
- <-135.5dBu, Inputs common, unweighted
- THD+N: <0.0004%, 1kHz, 35dB gain, 24dBu out
- Phase Shift: <2.25°, 40dB gain, 20Hz to 20kHz
- <4°, Max gain, 20Hz to 20kHz
- Freq. Response: <±1dB, <5 Hz to >200 kHz, all gain settings
- CMRR: >70dB, typ >85dB, 35dB Gain, 10-20kHz, 100mV Common mode