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Sontronics Sonora Has Landed

United States
17th November 2008 — Following the release of the groundbreaking CHIMERA, a hybrid valve/solid-state preamp, back in the Spring, Sontronics has launched the SONORA, a two-channel solid-state preamp.

Designed and developed in the UK, and manufactured by our team of engineers in Portugal, the 100% European SONORA is a dual-channel preamp/DI with two discrete solid-state channels, capable of delivering the highest standard of audio reproduction at an amazingly low price.

SONORA’s size makes it ideal for studio recording and as a portable front-end in live performance and stereo recording applications outside the studio.

The ultra-linear frequency response has been finely honed to a variance of just ±0.1dB from 20Hz to 20kHz. Add to this its transparent signal integrity, a lightning-quick transient response and electronically balanced ins and outs, and you have a perfect solution for all your mics, guitars and synths… in fact, just about everything.

With over 60dB of distortion-free headroom and 60dB of gain on tap, SONORA can capture anything from the quietest pin-drop to a jumbo jet without breaking a sweat!

Each channel has its own 75Hz high-pass filter, -20dB attenuation and +48V phantom power switches, plus independent signal and clip LEDs. Even when used as a two-channel DI box, SONORA stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best in the business.

The preamps have already gained some fantastic feedback. “As soon as we had the first production units of CHIMERA and SONORA,” says Sontronics founder, Trevor Coley, “we took them on a tour of the studios in Hollywood, and every producer and musician we met was absolutely amazed at the sound quality as well as the styling… especially when they found out the price! US guitar legend Al Di Meola is now using one of each on his current world tour and he reckons they’re the best preamps he’s ever tried on guitar!

“Sontronics has always been about designing products that bring musicians closer to perfecting their audio recording,” continues Coley, “but without breaking the bank, and our amazing new preamps do exactly that!”

SONORA is available now with an RRP of GBP £399 (inc. VAT), EUR €449 (ex. tax), USD $699 (ex. tax)

CHIMERA has an RRP of GBP £799 (inc. VAT), EUR €899 (ex. tax), USD £1,399 (ex. tax)

Sonora Tech Specs

  • Frequency response: ±0.1dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • THD+N: ≤0.0009%
  • Output level: +16dBu
  • Noise: -93dBu
  • Common mode rejection: 86dB
  • Maximum output level: +26.7dBu
  • Impedance: (input) 150Ω to 10kΩ; (output) 600Ω to 47kΩ
  • Crosstalk: -123dB
  • Power consumption: 10VA
  • Weight: 1kg (power supply: 1.5kg)
  • Dimensions: 245 x 145 x 65mm
  • RRP: £399 (inc. VAT), €449 (ex. tax), US $699 (ex. tax)

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