In his July 2014 review of the original Grace Design m905, our Technical Editor Hugh Robjohns noted its versatility and mastering-grade performance. Now Grace Design are back with an analogue-only version and an infrared remote control option. Read on for more information from Grace.
Press Release: Grace Design announces the latest addition to their lineup of world-class reference monitoring products, the m905 Analog. Based on the continuing success of the m905, Grace now proudly offers the same exact same design but configured for audio professionals who already have digital to analog converters, but still need reference quality analog monitor selection and control. And if a customer wants to add the DAC section, they can still upgrade to the digital version at any time.
“We knew there were customers who already have a substantial investments in DACs, whether stand alone or built into their interface devices, so we wanted to make the m905 available to them, at a savings that represents the the cost of current our DAC module”, says Grace President Michael Grace. “The sonic performance of the m905's analog circuitry is truly a benchmark in professional audio and represents state of the art in reference analog audio design.”
The m905 Analog is configured with a 2U mainframe Audio Control Unit (ACU) and a sleek desktop Remote Control Unit (RCU). All audio connections are made on the ACU, and all system control is from the RCU. Analog inputs include 2 balanced via XLR, one unbalanced via RCA and one balanced CUE in via XLR. Outputs include 3 balanced speaker outputs via XLR, 2 subwoofer outputs via XLR, balanced CUE output via XLR.
The m905 Analog RCU is an combination of evolved ergonomics and refined industrial design. All system status is displayed clearly on the large, bright LCD operating screen, while all system control is done with hardware switches and a large level knob. All monitoring features – volume, speaker selection, dim, mono, mute, L-R, solo, subwoofer mute / solo are all accessible on the RCU's front panel. Level readout is done with large bright characters in .5 dB steps. A talkback feed is available with the built in microphone on the RCU or via a built in Grace Design mic preamp on the ACU. Additionally, the RCU main operating screen has a full time SPL level meter, which is sourced from the built in microphone.
Doug Wood, VP Sales and Marketing, adds, “By taking out the expense of the DAC section, the new m905 Analog brings this powerful product in reach of many more audio professionals. We are really excited to now be able to offer the m905 to a much wider cross section of studios and engineers.”
The m905 Analog Monitor Controller retails for $2495.00 and is shipping in early December, 2014.
Also announced today is the m905 IR Remote Option, which is available on new or existing units (Digital and Analog). This feature allows wireless infrared remote control of a select set of monitoring controls via the Grace Design Remote, a standard Apple Remote, or with iOS and Android via the Logitec® Harmony Remote. This option sells for $150.00 on new units or $250.00 as an upgrade on existing an existing m905. the Grace Design Remote sells separately for $125.00.