PreSonus Central Station Plus
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PreSonus Central Station Plus
PreSonus Central Station Plus
PreSonus Central Station Plus

PreSonus Central Station Plus

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Take command of your monitors.

You need to be able to switch between multiple sets of monitors and hear what your mix sounds like with and without a subwoofer. You want to be able to switch between multiple analog and digital sources. And you want to do it without sacrificing clarity and transparency. Meet the Central Station PLUS, the professional’s choice for monitor control.

A variety of connections for all of your sources and destinations.

With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources and one stereo digital input source. The digital inputs provide up to 24-bit, 192 kHz digital-to-analog conversion, and the converters deliver more than 115 dB of dynamic range. The Central Station will automatically detect and lock to the sampling rate of the source device.

You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker. You also get two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. If two sets of cans aren’t enough, simply connect the line-level cue outputs to a headphone distribution system—say, a PreSonus® HP2, HP4, or HP60. 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.

Pure, audiophile-quality sound.

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

The Central Station uses the highest-quality passive components, including military-grade, 1% tolerance, metal-film resistors; multi-element potentiometers; and durable connectors to deliver the highest sonic performance. This ensures the most transparent signal path and maximizes dynamic range, frequency response, and headroom while minimizing noise and coloration.

A wealth of features gives you a complete monitoring solution.

We’ve included plenty of extras to make your studio work easy and efficient. Talk to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input. Use a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and Dim and Mute switches let you reduce or mute the speaker outputs without changing the referenced position on your main level knob. To top it off, the included CSR-1 remote control lets you manage it all from your desktop.

With its combination of I/O, audio quality, and features, it’s no surprise that the Central Station PLUS is indeed the professional’s choice for monitor control.


  • 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
  • Included Control Station Remote (CSR-1) provides remote control of:
    • Main Volume
    • Input select
    • Output select
    • Talkback
    • Mute
    • Dim
    • Mono


  • 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)


  • 1U 19" rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
  • External AC power supply

CSR-1 Remote

  • Remote-control all functions of Central Station, including:
    • Input switching
    • Speaker selection
    • Main volume
    • Talkback system
  • Onboard electret condenser talkback microphone
  • Talk button (momentary switch) for talkback system
  • Active light shows when CSR-1 is controlling main volume
  • Connects with a proprietary DB15 cable (included)
  • Keep desktop neat and clutter-free

    Technical Specifications

    Audio Inputs

    TRS 1 & 2

    • Type ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
    • Input Impedance 2-5 kΩ (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
    • S/N Ratio > 140 dB
    • THD+N < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
    • Frequency Response > 1 MHz


    ▪ Type RCA Active-Unbalanced
    ▪ Input Impedance 8 kΩ
    ▪ S/N Ratio > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
    ▪ THD+N < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
    ▪ Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
    ▪ Gain Range -90 dB to +20 dB


    ▪ Types RCA 75Ω coax and Toslink optical
    ▪ Dynamic Range 117 dB
    ▪ THD+N 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
    ▪ Maximum output +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
    ▪ Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz

    Note: All Input specifications (except Input Impedance) measured at Speaker A output, Trim and Main Level set to maximum.


    Main Chassis

    ▪ Package Type 1U steel chassis
    ▪ Dimensions 19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
    ▪ Weight 5.0 lbs

    External Power Supply (factory configured)

    ▪ Package Type Molded Plastic
    ▪ Dimensions 2.5 (W) X 2.3 (H) X 4.0 (D) inches
    ▪ Weight 2.5 lbs

    Input Meters

    ▪ Type Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
    ▪ Range -48 dB to +18 dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
    ▪ Accuracy > 0.25 dB
    ▪ Frequency Range 10 Hz-22 kHz
    ▪ Calibrate Range ±18 dB
    Audio Outputs


    ▪ Type ¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
    ▪ Type-Mono Activated ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
    ▪ Trim Range -90 dB to 0 dB
    ▪ Main Level Range -90 dB to 0 dB
    ▪ Dim Attenuation -30 dB

    ▪ Type ¼" TRS Active-Balanced
    ▪ Output Impedance 51Ω
    ▪ THD+N < 0.0025%
    ▪ Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB

    ▪ Type ¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
    ▪ Output Impedance 51Ω
    ▪ THD+N Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
    ▪ Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
    ▪ Gain Range -90 dB to 0 dB
    ▪ Dim Attenuation -30 dB (Talkback activated)


    ▪ Type ¼" TRS Active Stereo
    ▪ Maximum Output 150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load
    ▪ THD+N 0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60Ω load)
    ▪ Frequency Response 10 Hz-50 kHz, +1 dB


    Dynamic Microphone Input

    ▪ Type XLR Female Balanced
    ▪ Input Impedance 2400Ω

    Internal Microphone

    ▪ Type Electret Condenser
    ▪ Sensitivity -42 dB

    Mic Preamp

    ▪ Gain Range 15-55 dB
    Power Supply

    ▪ Type External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
    ▪ Power Consumption 40 VA

    CSR-1 Control Station Remote

    ▪ Dimensions 0.38 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
    ▪ Weight 1.25 lbs.
    Cable 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)

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