The B-II Preamp has been a mainstay for many years, and the Pro-EQ II was a great performer for our thinner-stringed bandmates. But let's be honest, it was getting a little long in the tooth. And there are lots more options in the preamp game nowadays.
So Fishman did the right thing and stepped up their game. They've now combined the B-II and Pro-EQ II into a new model, added features, and made a belt-clippable preamp that just stands atop the heap.
With a high-headroom, Class-A preamp, you get uncompromised sound and clarity. The 3-Band EQ has a sweepable mid and a low-frequency filter (it's a three-position switch, not sweepable like the Platinum Pro). And you can switch the frequencies with the new "mode switch" -- optimize this preamp for use with bass, or with higher-pitched instruments, with just a flick of a switch!
The unit also has a new "boost" switch (a fingertip switch) with a level control, a phase control for helping in the fight against feedback, a NEW Balanced DI with Pre/Post setting (and an auto-ground lift). It also has a separate output for your stage amp on a ¼" jack. It can be powered by 9v battery, optional power adapter, or by phantom power coming in through the DI output.
At only 5.6" x 3.3" x 1.2" (143mm x 85mm x 30mm) the thing is compact, and even includes a belt-clip.
Despite all the knobs and switches, it's actually quite easy to follow - everything is where it should be. It's clear that they spent some real time working on the ergonomics of this new design. And like its big brother (the Platinum Pro EQ - see related items, below) it features a 10 megohm input impedance for excellent handling of high-impedance piezo-electric pickups.
An optional 110v power adaptor is available and can be purchased separately (below) or at a discount when ordered with the preamp. Fishman does not offer a 220v mains adaptor.
Should I get the Platinum Stage or the Platinum Pro?
Both of the Platinum series preamps from Fishman are an excellent choice, with both having transparent sound and lots of useful features. If you're struggling with the decision, though, here's a quick list of (most of) the meaningful differences between the two units.
|Platinum Stage||Platinum Pro|
|3 Band EQ with semi-parametric midrange||3 Band EQ with semi-parametric mid and added "Brilliance" control|
|3 position Low cut switch||Variable Low cut potentiometer|
|No Tuner||Electronic tuner|
|Belt clip format: push button for boost||Pedal format: Footswitch controls for mute/tuner and boost|
|No Notch Filter||Variable Notch Filter|
|No Effects Loop||Effects Send/Return|
Need to figure out some of the more in-depth features of this product? Here's a copy of the manual, in PDF format, here.
You may wish to visit the manufacturer's website to see if a more recent version is available.
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