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Chameleon Labs 7802 Stereo Opto Tube Compressor  

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This level of sonic integrity has been reserved for the kilo-buck price range, until now. In the spirit of classic OPTO compressors, the 7802 Stereo Opto Tube Compressor is a unique hybrid design of v... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

This level of sonic integrity has been reserved for the kilo-buck price range, until now. In the spirit of classic OPTO compressors, the 7802 Stereo Opto Tube Compressor is a unique hybrid design of vacuum tube and transformer circuitry combined with modern, high performance components. The 7802 compressor offers smooth, open, full bandwidth compression, while imparting a pleasant, subtle glow to your tracks. The silky attack is achieved via electro-optical circuitry, followed by a robust tube makeup gain stage. Final perfection is presented via the transformer balanced outputs.

Read this comment from Martin Feveyear - Producer/Mixer, Jupiter Studios, Seattle (Brandi Carlile, REM, Queens of the Stone Age, Blue Scholars, The Saturday Knights, Duff McKagan's Loaded, Mark Lanegan):


"Please please please don't make me give this thing back..... It can be a soft and slow lover just like you want your classic Opto to be, or it can be a quick, dirty and grabby little mistress that colours up the party. The only Opto Compressor that I would strap across a mix."

What Makes Chameleon Labs Different?
Chameleon Labs is a new type of company, focused on delivering performance and value at a price previously thought impossible. How do they do it? By reinventing how global manufacturing is approached. Chameleon Labs engineers are not inexperienced kids in a garage, buying products that are designed and built in China. Chameleon Labs is comprised of audio professionals with many decades of experience in high-end pro audio gear. From its inception seven years ago, they pioneered the idea of "blended technology", using top-notch parts from the US, UK, and Europe combined with low-cost metalwork and assembly from China. This combination enables a superior performance level at a low price point.

Every Chameleon Labs product is first created and engineered here in the U.S. The goal is to achieve a specific sound through tedious testing in major U.S. recording studios and listening to numerous tracks and/or mixes with a very specific sonic target in mind. A new design must impress the best and brightest of our evaluation group before it ever reaches the factory floor.

Features

Two channel opto-isolator/tube-based compression
Stereo linkable channels
Vactrol optical electronics
Hand selected 12AX7 tubes
Five position attack/release selector
Two position ratio switch (2:1 and 4:1)
HPF switch for compressor side chain (6dB/octave roll off, 3dB down @ 90Hz)
Drive control to adjust the amount of tube overdrive
Output control to set the overall output level
LED metering of input and clip levels
VU metering of compression
XLR balanced inputs
XLR transformer balanced outputs
Internal power supply
One year warranty
Specifications
Input impedance: 10k ohms unbalanced
Output impedance: 600 ohms balanced
Maximum output: +20dBu (0dBu = 0.775v)
Gain: 39 dB
Frequency Response: +/- 1 dB from 20Hz to 20 KHz
THD: Not more than 0.6% from 20Hz to 20 KHz output
into 600 Ohms
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN):-98 dBu
Sidechain Highpass: 90 Hz (-3dB, 6dB per Octave)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 19" x 1.75" x 12.25" (482mm x 44.8mm x
311mm)
Shipping weight: 14.4 lbs. (6.5Kg)
Power Requirements: 115VAC, 110 mA.; 230VAC, 55
mA.
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