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The Central Station PLUS provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers. With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources. Two stereo S/PDIF digital sources connect via one coax and one Toslink optical port. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker-recessed to avoid accidents.

You also get a pair of line-level main outputs, a pair of line-level cue outputs, and two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. And because Central Station is a 1U rack-mount device, with only one multi-conductor cable running to the remote control on your desktop, all of the cabling is in the back of your rack, where it belongs.

High-End Audio Quality

The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That's why PreSonus gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters.


To enable you to watch your input levels, the Central Station sports dual 30-segment, tri-colored, fast-acting, peak-hold LED meters, which can display dBu and dBfs. A handy Clear switch lets you clear the peak-hold.

A Complete Tool Set

Because Central Station PLUS is a professional tool, PreSonus included all of the key features you'll need to manage monitors in a commercial or project studio. Speak to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input.
The cue signal is automatically dimmed when you use the talkback mic, and a jack admits a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and a Dim switch lets you reduce the speaker output by 16dB. Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

CSR-1 Remote

The CSR-1 provides remote control of volume for each input pair and for the talkback mic, as well as controlling muting, input-source switching (TRS1, TRS2, Aux, and S/PDIF), and passive speaker-output switching (stereo pairs A, B, and C). An Active light illuminates when the CSR-1 is controlling main volume. The Dim and Mono features also can be controlled from the remote unit.
A built-in electret condenser talkback mic with momentary on/off Talk button enables you to address the musicians through their headphones. (The Central Station main unit also has a talkback mic, so make sure to turn down whichever talkback mic you aren't using!)

Central Station connects to the CSR-1 via a proprietary DB15 cable (included), enabling you to keep the Central Station in your rack and control it from your desktop. This provides maximum convenience with minimum wiring, keeping your workspace free of cable clutter.

The Features

3 sets of stereo analog inputs let you switch between sources

2 sets of S/PDIF digital inputs (coax and optical)

3 sets of stereo speaker outputs with:

Speaker Select switches

Recessed trim pot for each speaker output

Cue section with:

Input-select switch

Output-level control

Main section with:

Input-select switch

Aux-input level control

Output-level control

Mute, Dim (-20 dB), and Mono switches

2 headphone outputs, each with:

Dual-function volume controls

Main-Cue input switches

Passive audio path: no op amps or IC's in main audio path

Onboard talkback microphone

Talkback microphone input w/level control (feeds headphone and cue outputs)

Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering (dBu and dBfs) with:

Clear Peak switch

Calibrate to match DAW or other audio device

Footswitch jack for hands-free talkback operation


4 balanced ¼" analog line inputs (2 L/R pairs)

2 unbalanced RCA analog line inputs (L/R pair)

1 stereo S/PDIF optical (TOSLINK) digital input

1 stereo S/PDIF coax (RCA) digital input

1 balanced XLR talkback-microphone input

6 balanced ¼", line-level speaker outputs (3 L/R pairs) w/separate, passive      volume controls

2 balanced ¼", line-level Main outputs (1 L/R pair) with source selection

2 balanced ¼", line-level Cue outputs (1 L/R pair) with volume control and source selection

2 stereo ¼" headphone jacks w/dual-function volume controls and Main-Cue input switches

1 DB15 port for optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)

S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs

High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)


CSR-1 Remote

Remote-control all functions of Central Station, including:

Input switching

The Specs

TRS 1 & 2

Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced

Frequency Response: > 1 MHz


Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced

Frequency Response: 10Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB

Gain Range: -90dB to +20dB


Types: RCA 75Î coax and Toslink optical

Dynamic Range: 117dB

Maximum output: +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)

Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

Audio Outputs


Type: ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced

Type-Mono Activated: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced

Trim Range: -90dB to 0dB

Main Level Range: -90dB to 0dB

Dim Attenuation: -30dB


Type: ¼" TRS Active-Balanced

Output Impedance: 51Î

Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB


Type: ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced

Output Impedance: 51Î

Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz, -0.5dB

Gain Range: -90dB to 0dB

Dim Attenuation: -30dB


Type: ¼" TRS Active Stereo

Maximum Output: 150 mW/channel @ 60Î load

Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz, +1dB

PreSonus Central Station PLUS Studio Monitor Controller

  • PreSonus Central Station PLUS Studio Monitor
  • The Central Station PLUS provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers.
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