Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hamptone's HOC1 : Class A JFET Opto Compressor / Limiter

Hamptone who is known for their preamps (the HVTP2 and HJFP2) recently announced their latest product the HOC1 : Class A JFET Opto Compressor/Limiter. The preamps are solidly built and the words clean, detailed and larger than life are often used to describe them. I'm certain the HOC1 will also be well received. I like the layout of the controls and the fact that parallel processing can be done within the unit. I'm especially curious about the SHAPE control. I will do a more informative post once I actually get my hands on the unit.

  • Discrete Class A transformer balanced signal path.
  • Parallel signal path (direct / compressed)
  • Smooth opto cell compression, servo driven for high speed and stability (20dB in 1.5mS)
  • SHAPE control and Feed Forward/Back allow infinite compressor response vs signal input
  • Sophisticated stereo link capability, or as stand alone
  • Two units fit into standard 2U rack shelf, mechanically = HVTP2 and HJFP2 micpres

Price $1499.