PreSonus Central Station PLUS Monitor Controller

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Product Description

The PreSonus Central Station PLUS provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers. With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources.

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Weight 10.1 lbs
Dimensions 23.5 × 12 × 5 in


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The PreSonus Central Station PLUS provides the perfect combination of stereo inputs, outputs, and recording-communication functions, allowing you to easily manage multiple sources and monitor speakers. With Central Station, you can easily switch between three sets of stereo, analog input sources. Two stereo S/PDIF digital sources connect via one coax and one Toslink optical port. You can audition these sources with up to three pairs of speakers, with individual trim pots for each speaker-recessed to avoid accidents.

You also get a pair of line-level main outputs, a pair of line-level cue outputs, and two screaming-loud headphone amplifiers with individual level controls. And because Central Station is a 1U rack-mount device, with only one multi-conductor cable running to the remote control on your desktop, all of the cabling is in the back of your rack, where it belongs.

High-End Audio Quality
The pros know that for critical listening, a monitor-control system must be as sonically transparent as possible. That’s why PreSonus gave the Central Station an audiophile-quality, passive signal path, with no op-amps or ICs, and equipped the S/PDIF inputs with high-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters.

The Meters
To enable you to watch your input levels, the Central Station sports dual 30-segment, tri-colored, fast-acting, peak-hold LED meters, which can display dBu and dBfs. A handy Clear switch lets you clear the peak-hold.

A Complete Tool Set
Because PreSonus Central Station PLUS is a professional tool, PreSonus included all of the key features you’ll need to manage monitors in a commercial or project studio. Speak to the musicians over the headphone and cue buses using the onboard talkback microphone or connect a dynamic mic to the XLR talkback input.

The cue signal is automatically dimmed when you use the talkback mic, and a jack admits a footswitch for hands-free talkback operation. A Mono switch sums the stereo source so you can check for phase problems, and a Dim switch lets you reduce the speaker output by 16dB. Of course, you can mute the speakers as well.

CSR-1 Remote
The CSR-1 provides remote control of volume for each input pair and for the talkback mic, as well as controlling muting, input-source switching (TRS1, TRS2, Aux, and S/PDIF), and passive speaker-output switching (stereo pairs A, B, and C). An Active light illuminates when the CSR-1 is controlling main volume. The Dim and Mono features also can be controlled from the remote unit.

A built-in electret condenser talkback mic with momentary on/off Talk button enables you to address the musicians through their headphones. (The Central Station main unit also has a talkback mic, so make sure to turn down whichever talkback mic you aren’t using!)

Central Station connects to the CSR-1 via a proprietary DB15 cable (included), enabling you to keep the Central Station in your rack and control it from your desktop. This provides maximum convenience with minimum wiring, keeping your workspace free of cable clutter.

PreSonus Central Station PLUS Features

Central StationPLUS

  • 3 sets of stereo analog inputs let you switch between sources
  • 2 sets of S/PDIF digital inputs (coax and optical)
  • 3 sets of stereo speaker outputs with:
  • Speaker Select switches
  • Recessed trim pot for each speaker output
  • Cue section with:
  • Input-select switch
  • Output-level control
  • Main section with:
  • Input-select switch
  • Aux-input level control
  • Output-level control
  • Mute, Dim (-20 dB), and Mono switches
  • 2 headphone outputs, each with:
  • Dual-function volume controls
  • Main-Cue input switches
  • Passive audio path: no op amps or IC’s in main audio path
  • Onboard talkback microphone
  • Talkback microphone input w/level control (feeds headphone and cue outputs)
  • Dual 30-segment, fast-acting, peak-hold LED metering (dBu and dBfs) with:
  • Clear Peak switch
  • Calibrate to match DAW or other audio device
  • Footswitch jack for hands-free talkback operation


  • 4 balanced ¼” analog line inputs (2 L/R pairs)
  • 2 unbalanced RCA analog line inputs (L/R pair)
  • 1 stereo S/PDIF optical (TOSLINK) digital input
  • 1 stereo S/PDIF coax (RCA) digital input
  • 1 balanced XLR talkback-microphone input
  • 6 balanced ¼”, line-level speaker outputs (3 L/R pairs) w/separate, passive volume controls
  • 2 balanced ¼”, line-level Main outputs (1 L/R pair) with source selection
  • 2 balanced ¼”, line-level Cue outputs (1 L/R pair) with volume control and source selection
  • 2 stereo ¼” headphone jacks w/dual-function volume controls and Main-Cue input switches
  • 1 DB15 port for optional Control Station Remote (CSR-1)


  • S/PDIF coax and optical digital inputs
  • High-definition, 24-bit, 192 kHz D/A converters (115 dBu dynamic range)
  • Physical
  • 1U 19″ rack-mountable, rugged steel chassis
  • External AC power supply

CSR-1 Remote

  • Remote-control all functions of Central Station, including:
  • Input switching
  • Speaker selection
  • Main volume
  • Talkback system
  • Mute
  • Dim
  • Mono
  • Onboard electret condenser talkback microphone
  • Talk button (momentary switch) for talkback system
  • Active light shows when CSR-1 is controlling main volume
  • Connects with a proprietary DB15 cable (included)
  • Keep desktop neat and clutter-free


Audio Inputs

  • TRS 1 & 2
  • Type: ¼” TRS Passive-Balanced
  • Input Impedance: 2-5 kÎ (Speaker load and Trim level dependent)
  • S/N Ratio: > 140dB
  • THD+N: < 0.0005% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
  • Frequency Response: > 1 MHz
  • AUX
  • Type: RCA Active-Unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 8 kÎ
  • S/N Ratio: > 115 dB (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
  • THD+N: < 0.002% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu, Unity gain)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB
  • Gain Range: -90dB to +20dB
  • S/PDIF
  • Types: RCA 75Î coax and Toslink optical
  • Dynamic Range: 117dB
  • THD+N: 0.0025% (1 kHz @ -1 dBfs)
  • Maximum output: +18 dBu (Active-Balanced)
  • Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • Note: All Input specifications (except Input Impedance) measured at Speaker A output, Trim and Main Level set to maximum

Audio Outputs

  • Speakers
  • Type: ¼” TRS Passive-Balanced
  • Type-Mono Activated: ¼” TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
  • Trim Range: -90dB to 0dB
  • Main Level Range: -90dB to 0dB
  • Dim Attenuation: -30dB
  • Main
  • Type: ¼” TRS Active-Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 51Î
  • THD+N: < 0.0025%
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz-50 kHz, -0.5dB
  • Cue
  • Type: ¼” TRS Active-Impedance Balanced
  • Output Impedance: 51Î
  • THD+N: Less than 0.003% (1 kHz @ 0 dBu)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz, -0.5dB
  • Gain Range: -90dB to 0dB
  • Dim Attenuation: -30dB (Talkback activated)
  • Headphones
  • Type: ¼” TRS Active Stereo
  • Maximum Output: 150 mW/channel @ 60Î load
  • THD+N: 0.015% (150 mW/channel @ 60Î load)
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz, +1dB


  • Dynamic Microphone Input
  • Type: XLR Female Balanced
  • Input Impedance: 2400Î
  • Internal Microphone
  • Type: Electret Condenser
  • Sensitivity: -42dB
  • Mic Preamp
  • Gain Range: 15-55dB

Input Meters

  • Type: Dual 30 segment LED w/ Peak Hold
  • Range: -48dB to +18dB (-66 dBfs to 0 dBfs)
  • Accuracy: > 0.25dB
  • Frequency Range: 10Hz-22kHz
  • Calibrate Range: ±18dB

Power Supply

  • Type: External A.C. Transformer/Internal Linear
  • Power Consumption: 40 VA

Main Chassis

  • Package Type: 1U steel chassis
  • Dimensions: 19″ (W) x 1.75″ (H) x 6.25″ (D)
  • Weight: 5lb.
  • External Power Supply (factory configured)
  • Package Type: Molded Plastic
  • Dimensions: 2.5″ (W) X 2.3″ (H) x 4″ (D)
  • Weight: 2.5lb.

CSR-1 Control Station Remote

  • Dimensions: .38″ (W) x 5.75″ (H) x 2.38″ (D)
  • Weight: 1.25lb.
  • Cable: 12-foot DE15M to DE15M (male-male)