JHS Colour Box V2 Preamp

Tons of tone-shaping ability in a single stompbox! The JHS Colour Box V2 delivers expansive EQ controls, a hi/lo switch for headroom, and phantom power.
The Colour Box V2 has all the same functionality of the V1 with many additions and improved features like expanded EQ controls, a Hi/Lo switch for massive clean headroom, and the ability to pass phantom power to your condenser mics.

The Gain section in red has three controls: Master, Pre-Vol, and Step. The Master volume controls the overall volume of the unit. The Pre-Vol controls the amount of gain between the two internal gain stages. This acts as a "drive" or "gain" control, adding more grit, distortion, and even fuzz as you increase the gain.

The Step control increases the gain of each preamp stage in five stages. Rotating the Step knob from left-to-right will increase the gain by the following: 1st is +18 dB, 2nd is +23 dB, 3rd is +28 dB, 4th is +33 dB, 5th is +39 dB.

The Colour Box V2 has a new Hi/Lo switch to control the amount of clean headroom you have available. In the Lo mode, you will easily be able to get ultra clean sounds without breakup. Lo Mode is excellent for tone shaping when distortion is not needed. In the Hi mode, the Colour Box V2 will distort much more readily, giving you a broad spectrum of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz sounds.

In addition to the Hi/Lo gain switch, there is a -20dB pad switch on the right side of the Colour Box V2. This function only works when in XLR input mode and can help tame the volume for high-output microphones.

The EQ section in blue has three Shift controls correlating to its standard Treble, Middle and Bass read more controls. The Shift knobs adjust the range of frequencies that the Treble, Middle, and Bass knobs control. The center frequencies for the Shift knobs are Treble 10kHz, Middle 1kHz, and Bass 120Hz, while the Treble, Middle, and Bass knobs boost or cut with +/- 17dB of control.
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Features


- Addition of an Output transformer
- Safely Passes 48v Phantom Power
- EQ Shift Knobs for precision EQ control
- Hi/Lo Switch for ultra clean headroom
- 100% available clean signal even on acoustic guitar
- Silent switching, aka no "switch-pop"
- Runs on standard 9V DC Neg power
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JHS CBOXV2
(6 ratings)
Submitted May 22, 2020 by Devoye Folkes in New Rochelle, NY
"Magical Inspiration Box"
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Wow. Ok so a little backstory. I was in the market for a Neve style pre. After extensive research i was going to go with the Warm Audio 1073, classic sound cant go wrong am i right?? Anyways, after some video reviews i saw of the colourbox v1 and v2... as a producer i was just blown away. I mean, the versatility and application you get from this is just BONKERS. And of course zZounds with crazy delivery speeds i mean its basically free next day delivery. The company is a godsend.

Sound
So the colourbox has a nice gainstaging stepped control. Can get Pristine clean to downright speaker broken fuzzy dirty and anywhere inbetween. I lean more on the slight coloration/distortion side of things so i thought it was perfect. Plus i play guitar and bass so this is a no brainer for me to have in ANY situation. Have it be live or in studio, this is going to get plenty of use from me.

Features
Honestly have had the thing for less than a week so no 'least useful features to me yet'i mean its basically a world class preamp in a pedal box... yeah corona may be hurting us in 2020 but this is healing me hahah.Easy use of the controls and the knobs have great resistance, so key because you can really fine tune how much the Pre-vol and step gain function work together.

Ease of Use
Unbelievably easy, plug it in turn some knobs and you have heaven from your amp or monitors.

Quality
Love read more the feel and size, thing is very well built. My first JHS product and im very happy.

Value
Honestly i would buy two of these for stereo capabilities but im holding my horses for now... the future does look quite COLOURFULL though ;)

Manufacturer Support
zzounds, easy choice!

The Wow Factor
It looks beautiful. Its Eyecandy, has a vintage console on the front with a sleek design and sexy knobs. Im enamored with the thing.

Musical Background:
Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass

Musical Style:
Electrionic, Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Ambient, House Music
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