If you think that the chassis you load your 500 series modules into has no impact on the quality of those modules, you're sorely mistaken. Budget 500 series chassis routinely cut corners in the power supply section - whether by supplying noisy power to modules, not providing enough current to each slot or often not properly shielding the power section from the rest of the unit (introducing all kinds of unwanted noise into your audio path). When modules get bad quality power, they can't perform at their optimal level and will often have a higher noise floor, less headroom and a minimizing of the coloration and richness that they COULD be adding to your signal.
Rupert Neve is a name you can trust when it comes to build quality and robustness of power supply. They've provided a significantly overpowered, thoroughly shielded PSU in the R6 that will ensure that all of your 500 series modules will be able to perform at tip-top levels.
With abundant power and versatile connections, the R6 delivers peace of mind for engineers who demand a higher degree of confidence in their 500 series racks.
Power-wise, the R6 has more than 150% the required current for a 6-space chassis to prevent the power rails from failing under a higher-than-expected load. To help monitor and troubleshoot problematic modules, the R6 is equipped with LED current metering to show how much power is being used. The internal power supply itself has been carefully designed and double-shielded to avoid significant magnetic induction in any of the channel positions. With such attention to providing and monitoring power, the R6 helps your modules realize their fullest potential.
With a plethora of connections available, the R6 backpanel is practically a patchbay on its own. The R6 features 8 channels of balanced I/O options including DB-25, XLR and TRS that may be used interchangeably. This versatility is especially handy when you are taking the R6 with you to another environment where you are unsure of the cables available, or if you need to convert DB-25, XLR or TRS connections to another format using the THRU functionality on channels 7-8.
The chassis is comprised of solid steel with bumpers to support the unit in both horizontal and vertical configurations, and features a collapsable handle for portability. All connectors and fittings are of the highest quality to ensure that the R6 will hold up to many years of use.
Because the R6 is built to 500 series specifications, it will work flawlessly with any properly-designed 500 series module you wish to include in it. To help accommodate modules that are slightly out of spec, the R6 has variable-position screw holes to help make the installation process as smooth as possible. The 500 series VCA buss link function can be enabled in pairs on the R6 using the link jumpers on Channels 1-2, 3-4, or 5-6. Enabling link allows compatible compressor modules like the 543 to share VCA control when their links are enabled. Matching blank panels are also available to cover any empty slots.
If you want to get the very best performance out of your 500 series modules, the Rupert Neve Designs R6 is the serious rack for the serious sound you want.
Interchangeable XLR, TRS, and DB-25 I/O connections are provided to ensure that you can
connect wherever you go with the backpanel patchbay
Even with modules that overdraw the 500 series specification, the R6 has the reserve power
to maintain the voltage
An LED Meter monitors the R6 current usage to ensure that you never run short on power.
This meter can also be useful for troubleshooting a module that is severely overdrawing its
Channel 7-8 Thru Conversion
The channel 7-8 thru connections can be used as a way to quickly and easily convert your
signal from/to DB-25, XLR, and TRS connectors
48V Phantom Supply
Provide rock-solid phantom power to your microphones with the R6’s robust 48V buss
"Built For The Road" Frame
A solid steel enclosure, two sets of rugged rubber feet for horizontal and vertical mounting
and a collapsible handle make the R6 completely portable and ready for the road
DC Voltage to Units
+/-16VDC and +48VDC for phantom power
1000mA for modules, 150mA for 48V phantom power
100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 50 Watts
13” long x 7.5”wide x 5.5” high