The True Phantom®
Improve the sound of your condenser microphones by powering them with the True Phantom®.
The result is:
- "at least 5 dB lower THD+N, regardless the voltage level"! (Recent Audio Precision measurements by Dan Foley)
- complies to the IEC standard 61938, P48.
The True Phantom® is a alternative phantom power supply.
The standard for phantom power exsists for 50 year, but there is room for improvement within the boundaries of the standard.
Condenser microphones are fed by 48 Volt and two resistors of 6800 Ohm. These resistors are a load for the emitterfollowers in the microphone. When you feed the microphone with a high impedance supply the distortion is lower, the noise level is lower and headroom will improve. This is what happens when you use the True Phantom® and still the True Phantom® complies to the standard P48.
The True Phantom® will be made in two forms:
1. A stand allone device is made by Triton Audio ( 449€ )
2. As a chip for mixing consoles, preamps and converters.
"....I´m not into magic boxes and vodoo-cables but the True Phantom really makes a difference...."
"...the real surprise was that the TruePhantom powered mic sounded totally different in the LMF Range especially within close proximity. Much clearer and less distorting......"
"...the noise of the TruePhantom powered mic was subjectively lower - and this is already a low noise mic..."
my apologies that this took forever, but anyway today i was able to do some tests and it was actually a big
surprise for me.
I´m not into magic boxes and vodoo-cables but the True Phantom really
makes a difference.
I´m not able to do double blind tests here but based on my findings I
would give the unit to one of our customers to have a listen under
I used a matched pair of MG M930 Mics and tested them with the antelope
audio Zen Studio - I understand that the TruePhantom makes the most sense
with preamps like that i.e. onbard preamps in an interface where not much
money and thought went into the design of the phantompower circuit.
One mic using the Zen´s 48V and the other using the true Phantom.
the noise of the TruePhantom powered mic was subjectively lower - and this
is already a low noise mic.
But the real surprise was that the TruePhantom powered mic sounded totally
different in the LMF Range especially within close proximity. Much clearer
and less distorting.
I´m trying to do some measurements but I don´t know if that makes much
sense because when you remove the mic from the setup it might not show any
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Standalone high end, low THD, 48V Phantom supply.
Our opinion: The only real update on the now standard Phantom powering scheme, the advantages of this 48V supply are easily heard and works with any P48 microphone. Literally a breath of fresh air when used with any such mic. We like the enhanced detail and clarity of the low end especially. Note: This device does not affect the frequency response of the microphone but lowers the mic output's THD significantly.