The Top HAT M5 is a compact mixing headphone amplifier designed to provide flexible features for monitoring in an outside broadcast environment.
- Two compact mixing headphone amplifiers
- Three outputs on each headphone amplifier
- Four inputs produce an individual mix per headphone amp
- AES3 & Analogue inputs
- Single talkback circuit
- Mic input has compressor/limiter and is controlled via a sturdy front panel lever switch
- RJ45 connections for looping multiple Top HAT M5s
- 3 x D cell battery or external DC power
Two Headphone Amplifiers
The Top HAT M5 features two separate headphone amplifiers. Each amplifier has 3 individual 6.35mm jack sockets for headphone monitoring, therefore the unit provides monitoring for 6 pairs of headphones.
Four Input Mixer
Both headphone amplifiers are fed via a mix of the 4 common inputs. The inputs are on XLRs and there are variable POTS for each input to create the required mix. There are 2 sets of the 4 variable POTS allowing separate mixes to be created for each of the two headphone amplifiers.
Analogue & AES3 Inputs
There are 4 balanced analogue inputs and 2 stereo AES3 inputs. Each headphone amps input source can be selected to be analogue or AES3. Selection is by a toggle switch positioned above the associated analogue XLR.
In addition to the 3 x 6.35mm jack sockets available for headphone monitoring on each headphone amplifier, there is also a master output available on XLR; this output can be switched to either MIX 1 or MIX2
There is an XLR input for a talkback mic with adjustable gain control and a compressor/limiter. The talkback mic is switched to the XLR talkback mic output via a front panel lever key. The lever key is momentary when pushed down and locks when pushed up.
Analogue & AES3 Talkback Mic Output
The output of the talkback mic can be either analogue or AES3
The Top HAT M5 features 2 x RJ45 connections for looping audio between units. The input connection is in parallel to the main inputs and contains the audio for the 4 inputs. The output connection simply loops the 4 audio inputs for linking to further units using normal CAT5 cable.
The loops only work when analogue input cicruits have been selected.
The Top Hat M5 is powered by 3 x D cell batteries or optional external DC power. As the battery level decreases there is a lower power LED for indication; as the level drops, the LED will start to flash faster and faster.