Mackie Launches All-New Lines of Headphone Amplifiers, Direct Boxes, and Other Audio Tools - EMusician
Mackie’s new easy-to-use, high-quality headphone amplifiers and other audio solutions address studios, broadcast, and live sound.

Anaheim, CA - January 26, 2018—Mackie today announced a new line of high-quality, versatile headphone amplifiers to be available worldwide on February 1, 2018 - HM Series Headphone Amplifiers. Available in three models, the ultra-compact HM-4 ($41.99 MSRP), and the rackmount HM-400 ($209.99 MSRP) and HM-800 ($279.99 MSRP), the HM series features tank-like construction, premium analog circuitry, and a vast array of connectivity options.

The same can be said for Mackie’s new line of affordable, high-quality, audio tools for studio and live sound: the MDB Series Direct Boxes, the MTest-1 Cable Tester ($41.99 MSRP) and M48 Phantom Power Supply ($69.99 MSRP), all to be available on February 1. The direct boxes cost $69.99 for the MDB-1P Passive Direct Box, $83.99 for the MDB-2P Stereo Passive Direct Box, $83.99 for the MDB-1A Active Direct Box, $209.99 for the MDB-USB Stereo Direct Box (all MSRP).

Headphone Amplifiers

The ultra-compact HM-4 4-Way Headphone Amplifier features a single 1/4" stereo input and four 1/4" headphone outputs with individual level controls. An extremely affordable headphone distribution solution, the HM-4 is perfect for tracking in the studio, mixing, practice spaces, and even in the home.

The HM-400 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier offers versatility and sound quality in a single rack space. The HM-400 features a main input with level control plus stereo outs, aux inputs and EQ per channel with 12 total headphone outputs.

The HM-800 8-Channel Headphone Amplifier offers up to 10 available mixes and a total of 16 headphone outputs. Featuring two discrete main inputs with level control plus stereo outs, aux inputs per channel, with 16 total headphone outputs.

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Direct Boxes

"Direct boxes are essential for ensuring the best sound quality and lowest noise possible," said Ryan Cassady, Mackie Product Manager. "Providing an optimal audio path to front of house or a recording rig ensures the instruments sound the way the artist intended."

The MDB-1P Passive Direct Box is perfect for instruments like guitars, basses and more on stage or in the studio. The MDB-2P Passive Stereo Direct Box offers the same great performance, but with dual inputs and outputs for stereo sources. The MDB-1A Active Direct Box features active circuitry for ultra-low distortion and noise. Last but not least, the MDB-USB USB Stereo Direct Box features a USB input and dual XLR outputs for maximum audio quality direct to front of house from a laptop.

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In addition to the series of direct boxes, Mackie introduces two audio tools perfect for any musician or engineer to have in their tool belt. The battery-powered MTest-1 Cable Tester and M48 48v Phantom Power Supply.

The MTest-1 features a simple 5-way switch to test every pin, even with mismatched connectors, for all common connector types and more. Whether you have a few in your gig bag or multiple crates filled with cables, you don't want to be stuck in the middle of a performance when the last strand of wire gives out during a guitar solo or the vocal performance of a lifetime. What about troubleshooting a system? No problem. Powered by a 9v battery, the MTEST-1 can go with you when you explore beneath the stage or behind an imposing stack of speakers.

The M48 48v Phantom Power Supply allows you to use your devices and microphones that require external power in any setup. It can also provide an easy solution when the phantom power being supplied from a venue is inadequate. With the M48 you will always get a clean, full 48v of power for the best sound and low-noise performance. Perfect for home and professional studios, live sound, podcasters, content creators, and more.

With a full line of affordable direct boxes and useful audio tools, Mackie fans can now turn to their favorite pro audio brand for even more of the essential gear they need, with the quality they expect, for their live sound or studio setup.

Visit Mackie at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in their new location upstairs in Demo Room 201C/D.