The U5 high-voltage DI-preamp combines a unique passive tone selector with a variable
gain preamp and filter. The high input impedance accepts a wide variety of signal levels
and instruments from acoustic guitars to high-output active bass guitars and keyboards.
The U5 direct box is loaded with sonic character and user features professionals demand.
Pure Class A, 100% discrete design
Smooth musical detail and sonic excellence
Variable gain preamp to +30dB.
Dual microphone and line outputs
Hi-Z 3,000,000 ohm input impedance
Very low noise -100dB
High headroom +30dB
Six tone bank selections.
DC coupled Class A output for superior bass
High cut switch eliminates noise
LED active signal indicator
Headphone monitor output jack
Low distortion less than 0.5% THD and IMD
High level 400 watt speaker input
Active to thru selector – ground isolation switch
100% discrete power supplies for audio path
Internal toroidal power supply for low noise
Long lasting, stainless steel hardware
The Avalon U5 Pure Class A instrument DI & preamplifier is the most powerful direct box
available today. Designed to optimize absolute signal integrity and musical performance,
the U5 includes many features and sonic excellence unequaled by lesser designs. The
U5 is ideal for bass guitar and acoustic instruments, electric guitars, keyboards, synthesizers
and low output pickups.
Features include state-of-the-art, high input impedance input stage for zero load effect on
sensitive pickups and keyboards, 100% discrete, Pure Class A signal amplifiers, practical
user features and rugged hardware designed to deliver true high performance audio for many
DESIGNED FOR DEEP & CONTROLLED BASS
Avalon U5 DI-preamps have been in use around the world since 1995. They have found their way
into the world’s leading musicians rigs and recording sessions and been featured on thousands
of the best selling (and sounding) albums and live performances.
MINIMUM SIGNAL PATH DESIGN
The U5 includes a variable gain Class A preamplifier to boost low level pickup signals and a high
level speaker input for capturing the live sound of the instruments amplifier. Six passive tone-EQ
curves are also included to enhance a variety of acoustic and electric instruments. A high-cut switch
eliminates unwanted acoustic pickup and high frequency noise, while a headphone monitor amp
has been included for personal listening. Twin DC coupled Class A output amplifiers drive both low
level microphone preamp inputs and high level +4dB inputs for direct to tape recording or processing.
The active-to-thru switch selects either the instrument input directly or sends the boosted-equalized
signal to the amplifier via the front panel jack. A ground isolation switch eliminates any possible earth
loop or AC buzz problems with complete safety.
Circuit Topology: 100% discrete, high-voltage Class A
Gain: Switched 3dB steps, maximum gain +30dB
Input Impedance: 3 ,000,000 ohm unbalanced (single ended)
Maximum Input Level +24dBu unbalanced, 400w speaker input
Output Connectors (2): XLR type, pin 2 hot electronic balanced
Maximum Output Level (Class A): +30dBu DC coupled, balanced 600 ohms (mic and line out)
Headphone Output: 0.5w into 600 ohms
Noise 20kHz Unweighted: -100dBu minimum gain position
Distortion THD, IMD: 0.1% at +10dB
Frequency Response, -/+0.5dB: 5Hz to 100kHz
Frequency Response, -3dB: 1Hz to 500kHz (input band limited)
High Cut Filter: -3dB at 8kHz minimum phase design
Tone Selector: Six position rotary switch, all passive filters
AC Power: Internal toroidal AC supply
Dimensions: 8.5 x 3.5 x 12 in (216 x 88 x 305mm)
Weight-Packed: 12lbs (5.4kg)
Rack mount kit (1) RM-1: Single U5 19 inch rack mount kit (holds one half rack unit)
Rack mount kit (2) RM-2: Dual U5 19 inch rack mount kit (holds two half rack units)