MIDAS DL153-UL 16 Input, 8 Output Stage Box with 16 Midas Microphone Preamplifiers (DL153-UL)

Vendor: Midas
MIDAS DL153-UL 16 Input, 8 Output Stage Box with 16 Midas Microphone Preamplifiers (DL153-UL) The DL153 emerges as a stalwart 2U 19" fixed-configuration rack I/O unit, presenting 16 mic/line level inputs and 8...

MIDAS DL153-UL 16 Input, 8 Output Stage Box with 16 Midas Microphone Preamplifiers (DL153-UL)

The DL153 emerges as a stalwart 2U 19" fixed-configuration rack I/O unit, presenting 16 mic/line level inputs and 8 line level outputs, channeling the acclaimed Midas sound quality through proven and time-tested technologies. It proudly showcases the renowned Midas microphone preamplifiers, celebrated for their 2.5 dB analog gain steps, alongside the fortification of two AES50 network ports, standing guard with dual redundancy. This formidable unit stands as the perfect complement to all Midas PRO and M32 Series digital consoles, seamlessly enabling the creation of a digital serpentine connection, linking the Front of the House to the stage. Its prowess lies in harmonizing audio fidelity and connectivity, epitomizing a steadfast ally in the realm of live sound production.

Award-Winning MIDAS Microphone Preamplifier

The revered Midas microphone preamplifier stands as the quintessence of the famed Midas sound, revered by foremost live sound and recording engineers. Born from over 40 years of design mastery and a meticulous curation of top-tier components, it unveils an acclaimed warmth and depth that unveils subtle ambiance, preserves spatial nuances, and impeccably captures an exact sonic tapestry. Its heralded resonance has been the catalyst inspiring generations of sound engineers to craft their most exceptional sonic landscapes, enchanting global audiences. Recognizing the pivotal role of the microphone preamplifier as the gateway for audio signals into the console, the DL153 proudly boasts the latest iteration of the Midas microphone preamplifiers. These faithful components meticulously reproduce every sonic facet, ensuring no fragment of performance goes unheard. Transparency, pristine sound quality, minimal noise, and robust common-mode rejection are the defining traits of this enduring design. Across the annals of time, numerous sound engineers have discovered a transcendent realm within this robust and overload-resistant design. Under intense sonic pressure, it evolves, offering a new sonic dimension where its crystal-clear audiophile reproduction seamlessly blends with a harmonious concoction of overtones, fostering a warm, organic resonance. This fusion has resonated with millions of concertgoers and echoes eternally through numerous live albums, a testament to its enduring legacy.

Digital Audio Networking

The SuperMAC technology, aligned with AES50 standards and pioneered by Klark Teknik, stands as a pinnacle in digital audio networking. It orchestrates a symphony of high channel capacity, ultra-low and predictable latencies, precise sample-synchronized and phase-aligned clock distribution across networks, fortified by error detection and correction mechanisms, redundant network pathways, and intuitive deployment—a perfect resonance with the exacting demands of live concert tours. In harmony with this advanced technology, the DL153 seamlessly integrates, offering compatibility with all Midas digital consoles, audio system engines, and any other devices equipped with AES50 technology. This interoperability ensures a seamless fusion of diverse components, creating a unified audio environment for effortless integration and unmatched performance.

High Output Drive Line Outputs with Mute

The DL153 showcases 8 active servo-balanced low-impedance line level outputs, fortified with robust output current capabilities tailored specifically for driving extended cable distances. These outputs boast an intelligent automatic mute feature, synchronizing with the actions of the mixing console operator to seamlessly silence when the audio signal path is muted. Complementing this functionality, individual LED indicators adorn each output connector, providing precise visual cues and monitoring for the status of each channel—a testament to its meticulous design and attention to detail.

96 kHz or 48 kHz Operation

DL153 supports multiple sample rates for the AES50 connections - 96 kHz for use with the Midas PRO Series, and 48 kHz for use with the Midas M32 Series.

Remote Console or Front Panel Control

The DL153 epitomizes ease and control, offering flexible configuration settings accessible either remotely from the mixing console or directly through an intuitively designed front panel interface. Its front panel is equipped with an LCD, facilitating seamless navigation through configuration options, complemented by LED status indicators offering crystal-clear feedback on operational status. Designed for optimal visibility across wide angles and distances, these indicators convey precise information regarding power supply output conditions and monitor the status and activity of AES50 and Ethernet network connections. This comprehensive display ensures at-a-glance oversight and effortless management of crucial system functionalities.

Built for the Road

Featuring a rugged steel 2U rackmount enclosure, the DL153 is designed for the rigours of live concert touring. Premium Neutrik connectors are used for reliable audio and network connections, night after night.

Auto-Ranging Universal Switch-Mode Power Supply

DL153 features a universal power supply, which is auto-voltage sensing for use on a worldwide basis.


  • 16 award-winning Midas microphone preamplifiers with switchable +48 V phantom power

  • 8 electronically balanced low impedance line level outputs

  • Remote operation up to 100 m via CAT5/5e cable

  • Selectable 96 kHz or 48 kHz sample rate operation

  • All settings programmable from front panel controls or console

  • PSU status indicator LEDs and configuration LCD display on front panel

  • Supports dual redundant AES50 networks

  • Features Neutrik etherCON AES50 network ports

  • Rugged 2U rackmount chassis for durability in portable applications

  • Auto-ranging universal switch-mode power supply

General Specifications
Sample rate

48 kHz, 96 kHz

Dynamic range

>107 dB unweighted (20 Hz - 20 kHz)

Maximum input level
CMRR @ 1 kHz
Mic EIN (40 dB Gain)

-126 dBu

Maximum Output Level

+21 dBu into 600 O

Output Noise (Unity Gain)

-86 dBu

Frequency Response

±0.5 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz, relative to 1 kHz)

THD+N (Unity Gain)


Crosstalk @ 1 kHz

<-90 dB

System Inputs and Outputs
Analogue Inputs



Mic/Line Level


3-pin XLR Balanced

Input Impedance

10k O

A/D Conversion

24 bit, 96 kHz with 128 times oversampling

Phantom Power

+48V, individually switchable per channel

Analogue Outputs



Line Level


3-pin XLR Balanced

Output Impedance

50 O

D/A Conversion

24 bit, 96 kHz with 128 times oversampling

Network Connections



Neutrik etherCON with status LEDs


Dual cable redundancy

Network Interface

Conforms to AES50-2011

Ethernet Control Port



Neutrik etherCON with status LEDs




IEC mains inlet

Mains Input Voltage

100 to 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz

Power Consumption

<150 W


483 x 416 x 88 mm (19.0 x 16.4 x 3.5")

Net Weight

6.7 kg (14.7 lbs)

Operating Temperature Range

+5°C to +45°C

Storage Temperature Range

-20°C to +60°C