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Old 15th May 2003
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preamps for location use

Gonna need a 4ch mic preamp to use with the new Genex 8ch recorder and I want to get some "clean" preamps as I already have a variety of tube and colored SS pre's. But when I check out the better "clean" preamps (Grace, Millennia, GML, etc.) they all proudly state that they are completely transformerless on both inputs and outputs. Personally, I'm a huge fan of transformers but I would live without them for super transparent performance. But we are talking about location work here and isn't it crazy to not use transformers when on location? (for any of several reasons having to do with the isolation provided by transformer coupling.) What do you serious remote dudes think about the trade-offs regarding transformers and mic preamps for location use?

thanks.

steve
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