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PRESONUS Central Station PLUS (Front Angle view)
PRESONUS Central Station PLUS (Front Angle view)

PRESONUS Central Station PLUS - Passive Studio Control Center

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  • 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
  • Input/Output: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)
  • Digitalia:S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs; High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)
  • Physical: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
PRESONUS Central Station PLUS - Passive Studio Control Center

Take Command of Your Monitor Speakers

You mostly monitor on near-fields, but occasionally switch to big main speakers or a second set of near-fields. You need to be able to switch between multiple sources and want to hear what your mix sounds like with and without subwoofer. You want to monitor straight from digital sources as well as analog. And you don’t want cables cluttering your workspace in order to achieve all that.

Meet the Central Station PLUS.

Central Station PLUS is one of our most popular products for professional studios because it provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers.

A Wide Variety of Input and Output Options

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.

Three sets of stereo analog inputs enable the Central Station to accept a wide variety of sources. If your mixer and DVD player have analog outputs, connect them here—and still have a pair of analog inputs available.

Two input pairs are ¼” TRS balanced; the Aux inputs are unbalanced RCA jacks. The TRS inputs are passive but the Aux inputs provide preamp gain and have independent level control. (Note, however, that the Aux inputs do not have an RIAA phono preamp, as found on the PreSonus Monitor Station.)

Central Station’s ability to convert and manage digital signals, including simultaneously available coax and Toslink optical S/PDIF I/O, sets it apart; you’d have to pay several times as much to get comparable features elsewhere.

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. So you can connect the output from your digital mixer (StudioLive 24.4.2 and 16.4.2 mixers include S/PDIF output for this purpose), DVD player, audio interface, or other digital device directly to your monitoring system. The Central Station will automatically detect and lock to the sampling rate of the source device.

The Central Station’s output configuration is every bit as flexible and versatile as its inputs. With three sets of balanced outputs, you can, for example, connect two sets of studio monitors with very different tonal characteristics and still have an output available to feed a subwoofer. If you have a large room, you might want two sets of near-field monitors and a pair of mid-fields.

Each of the three sets of balance monitor outputs has a passive trim pot for adjusting levels without coloring the sound. These outputs are passive; the only outputs with gain are the headphone amps.

You get two stereo headphone outputs with level controls, and not only do they have gain, they have a lot of it: the headphone amplifiers deliver 150mW/channel into a 60O load.

If you need to use more than two sets of “cans,” no worries: Central Station’s line-level cue outputs are perfect for feeding a headphone-distribution system such as the PreSonus HP60 or HP4.

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 we 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.

The Meters

Being from southeast Louisiana, we’re big fans of The Meters (Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr., and Joseph Modeliste). Being audio professionals, we’re into extremely accurate metering.

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.

Unlike The Meters, these meters are anything but funky!

A Complete Tool Set

Because Central Station PLUS is a professional tool, we’ve 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 16 dB.

Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

Finally, with the included CSR-1, you can remote-control the Central Station’s main volume, input select, output select, talkback, mute, dim, and mono functions.

The Professional’s Choice

With pristine audio quality; the ability to switch between multiple analog and digital sources and three sets of speakers; fast, accurate metering; and all of the extras that make your studio work easier and more efficient, it’s obvious why the Central Station PLUS is the professional engineer’s choice for monitor control.


Audio Inputs

TRS 1 & 2

Type¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
Input Impedance2-5 kO (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
S/N Ratio> 140 dB
THD+N< 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
Frequency Response> 1 MHz


TypeRCA Active-Unbalanced
Input Impedance8 kO
S/N Ratio> 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
THD+N< 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
Frequency Response10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
Gain Range-90 dB to +20 dB


TypesRCA 75O coax and Toslink optical
Dynamic Range117 dB
THD+N0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
Maximum output+18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
Sample Rates44.1, 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.

Audio Outputs


Type¼" TRS Passive-Balanced
Type-Mono Activated¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
Trim Range-90 dB to 0 dB
Main Level Range-90 dB to 0 dB
Dim Attenuation-30 dB


Type¼" TRS Active-Balanced
Output Impedance51O
THD+N< 0.0025%
Frequency Response10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB


Type¼" TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
Output Impedance51O
THD+NLess than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
Frequency Response10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5 dB
Gain Range-90 dB to 0 dB
Dim Attenuation-30 dB (Talkback activated)


Type¼" TRS Active Stereo
Maximum Output150 mW/channel @ 60O load
THD+N0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60O load)
Frequency Response10 Hz-50 kHz, +1 dB


Dynamic Microphone Input

TypeXLR Female Balanced
Input Impedance2400O

Internal Microphone

TypeElectret Condenser
Sensitivity-42 dB

Mic Preamp

Gain Range15-55 dB

Input Meters

TypeDual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
Range-48 dB to +18 dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
Accuracy> 0.25 dB
Frequency Range10 Hz-22 kHz
Calibrate Range±18 dB

Power Supply

TypeExternal A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
Power Consumption40 VA


Main Chassis

Package Type1U steel chassis
Dimensions19 (W) x 1.75 (H) x 6.25 (D) inches
Weight5.0 lbs

External Power Supply (factory configured)

Package TypeMolded Plastic
Dimensions2.5 (W) X 2.3 (H) X 4.0 (D) inches
Weight2.5 lbs

CSR-1 Control Station Remote

Dimensions0.38 (W) x 5.75 (H) x 2.38 (D) inches
Weight1.25 lbs.
Cable12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)

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