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Although the CMC 5 Vintage U has a more modern successor (the CMC 6 U), some people place a special value on its discrete circuitry, or require an exact match for an existing microphone amplifier of this same type.
The CMC 5 Vintage U is designed exclusively for 48-Volt phantom powering.
The capsules of SCHOEPS cannot be connected directly to microphone cables or inputs; a microphone amplifier is required in between. Thus a complete microphone of the Colette series comprises any of the twenty-one available types of capsules combined with an amplifier.
The microphone amplifier provides the electrostatic charge which the capsule requires in order to produce a signal. Since only a miniscule amount of current is contained in this signal, amplification of the current is required. To avoid interference to the signal on the way from the microphone to the input of the mixer or preamp, the signal is conveyed at low impedance and in balanced form. CMC 5 Ug amplifiers offer a balanced, transformerless, direct-coupled Class A output stage with low impedance, low distortion, and high freedom from interference.