High Voltage = High Headroom = High Fidelity.
From America's premier high-end studio gear manufacturer, the Manley FORCE contains four channels of real High Voltage vacuum tube microphone preamplifiers extracted from the hugely popular and award winning Manley CORE®, housed in an exquisitely gorgeous chassis, and meticulously hand-crafted in California.
"I have two Forces, and I wish I had two more. I would use as many of these as I had."
Alan Meyerson, Film Scoring Engineer / Mixer
Dune, The Lion King, Thor: Ragnarok, Dunkirk, Inception
"What I like about the Force is that it adds character, feel and attitude to whatever you plug into it. That’s why it has an important place in my production chain."
- “Gear Of The Year”, ProSoundNetwork
"The FORCE flexes plenty of headroom...excellent imaging and detail...it was glorious. Great build quality, stunning looks and ease-of-use...Manley has another winner."
- Steve La Cerra, MIX, November 2016
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 MANLEY POWER® 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 $3K? 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:
7-Segment LED Peak Metering
Selectable Gain, LOW vs HIGH
120Hz High Pass Filter switch
Phase Invert switch
48V Phantom power switch
Input Attenuator (Variable Pad)
Silent Input Level Control (Variable Input Pad)
1/4" DIRECT INPUT
Similar to the DI in the Manley SLAM!®, and exactly the same as found in the Manley CORE®, this all-discrete solid-state circuit with 10 Meg Ohm input impedance is perfect for guitars, bass, keyboards, etc.
Vacuum Tubes: 4 x 12AX7WA dual triodes
Balanced Transformer Coupled XLR Microphone Input Impedance: 1250 Ohms
Unbalanced 1/4" Direct Input Impedance: 10 Meg Ohm
Maximum Input Mic input (Low Gain Setting): -5 dBu or 435mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
Maximum Input Mic input (High Gain Setting): -25 dBu or 44mV RMS @ 0.5% THD
Maximum Input Direct input (Low Gain Setting): +24 dBu or 12V RMS @ 0.5% THD
Maximum Input Direct input (High Gain Setting): +17 dBu or 5.5V RMS @ 0.5% THD
Maximum Output (1kHz Sine, into 100 kOhm load, 0.1% THD+N: +35 dBu
Maximum Output (1kHz Sine, into 100 kOhm load, 0.1% THD+N: 43V RMS
Maximum Output (1kHz Sine, into 600 Ohms load, 0.1% THD+N): +22 dBm
Hi-current WFDRIVE Balanced Output Impedance: 50 Ohms
Output Headroom (referenced to +4 dBu): 31 dB
Dynamic Range: 118 dB @ LOW GAIN, 100 dB @ HI GAIN
THD & Noise (1Khz @ +4dBu BW 22Hz-22KHz): 0.004% at Low Gain setting
THD & Noise (1Khz @ +4dBu BW 22Hz-22KHz): 0.04% at Hi Gain setting
Noise Floor Micpre (A WGT): - 85dB @ LOW GAIN, -66dB @ HI GAIN
Signal to Noise Ratio (Ref. to +4dBu): 87dB @ LOW GAIN, 68dB @ HI GAIN
EIN (22-22kHz BW, A WGT): -129dB with 150 Ohm source impedance @ LO GAIN
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz -0.1dB, +0.3 dB
Gain via Microphone Input: 40 LOW or 50dB HI GAIN (60dB available via internal jumper)
Gain via Line Input: 20 or 30dB (40dB available via internal jumper)
Low Signal Green LED (Output Level): -22 dBu
High Signal Red LED (Output Level): +24 dBu
AUTOMUTE warmup delay: 30 seconds
Power consumption: 36 Watts
Operating mains voltage: 90 to 254 VAC (internal universal supply)
Mains Voltage Frequency: 50~60Hz
Dimensions: 19" x 3 1/2" x 7" (occupies 2u)
Unit weight: 8.6 lbs.
Shipping weight: 11.8 lbs.
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