DA216S Distribution Amplifier

DA216S Front

DA216S Rear

  • A, B, A&B Output Assign Switches
  • Sixteen Balanced (Terminal) Outputs, Individually Assignable
  • Two Low-Noise Balanced Inputs with Overload Indicators
  • Mic/Line Input and Gain Switches: 40/60 dB Mic, 0/20 dB Line
  • Mic Phantom Power Switch
  • Master Input and Individual Output Level Controls
  • Stable High-Current Line Drivers Capable of Driving 600Ω Loads
  • UL/CSA/CE Internal Universal Power Supply (100-240 VAC)

DA216S Distribution Amplifier


The Rane DA216S Distribution Amplifier is a two-input, sixteen-output splitter/distribution amplifier. The DA216S is capable of providing sixteen discrete balanced outputs from one or two balanced mic-level or line-level inputs. The level of each output is individually adjusted via one of the sixteen screwdriver Output Level controls on the front panel. Each output may be assigned to either or both inputs via front panel accessible slide switches. Each output stage incorporates a high-current balanced output line driver for driving long lines with optimal performance.

The Master A and B Level controls affect the overall level of each input. In other words, they allow all assigned outputs to be turned up or down at once. LEDs indicate an Overload (OL) at either the inputs or at the internal gain stages.

Each input is set to either Mic or Line level via the rear panel Input Pad pushbutton. The separate Input Gain pushbutton switches provide a microphone input with +60 or +40 dB of gain, or a line input with +20 or 0 dB of gain. With Input Gain, Master Levels and Output Levels, any reasonable input signal may be adjusted to a nominal +4 dBu and still have 17 dB of headroom. The Phantom Power switch provides +15 VDC for condenser microphones. Any input assigned to line-level has this phantom voltage turned off automatically. A rear-panel LED indicates when the Phantom Power is engaged.

The DA216S improves on the previous DA 216 model with an internal universal voltage power supply, operable anywhere you can plug into 100-240 VAC.

DA216S Application Example

DA216S Application

Each input may be mic or line level.
Each output may select Input A, Input B, or both via front panel switches.
Each input and output has a dedicated front panel gain control.

PDF This application is included in the DA216S Data Sheet

DA216S Block Diagram

DA216S Block Diagram

DA216S Specifications

Parameter Specification Limit Conditions/Comments
Mic Input Impedance 1.82k Ω 1% Balanced 909 + 909
Line Input Impedance 17.9k Ω 1% Balanced 8.97k + 8.97k
Mic Gain Control +40 & +60 dB 2 2-position switch
Mic Pad 20 dB 2 2-position switch
Line Gain Range 0 & +20 dB 2 2-position switch
Overall Mic Gain +56 & +76 dB 4 All controls maximum
Overall Line Gain +16 & +36 dB 4 All controls maximum
Max Mic Input Level -20 dBu typ Gain at 40 dB
Max Line Input Level +21 dBu typ Gain at 0 dB
Overload LED 3 dB below clip Clip defined as 1% THD+N
Phantom Power +15 VDC 0.5 Phantom Power switch active
Output Impedance 200 Ω 1% Balanced 100+100
Output Drive Level +24 dBu typ 600 Ω load
Output Cable Length 1500 feet max Belden 8451 or equivalent
Mic Equivalent Input Noise -128dBu typ Rs=150, gain=60 dB
Line S / N Ratio 100 dBV min gain=0 dB, re +4 dBu, 22 kHz BW
THD+Noise (Line Input) 0.005% typ gain=0 dB, +4 dBu@1 kHz, 80 kHz BW
Freq. Response, Line 15-50 kHz   0 dB Gain, 0 dBu Output, +0,–3 dB
Freq. Response, Mic 15-50 kHz   40 dB Gain, 0 dBu Output, +0,–3 dB
Freq. Response, Mic 30-50 kHz   60 dB Gain, 0 dBu Output, +0,–3 dB
Crosstalk 80 dB typ +4 dBu Output, 1 kHz
Agency Listing UL/cUL/CE    
Power Requirement 100 - 240 VAC 10% 50/60 Hz, 7W
Unit: Construction All Steel    
..........Size 1.75"H x 19"W x 5.3"D (4.4 cm x 48.3 cm x 13.3 cm)
..........Weight 4 lb   (1.9 kg)
Shipping Size 4.25" x 20.3" x 13.75" (11 cm x 52 cm x 35 cm)
..........Weight 7 lb   (3.2 kg)
Note: 0 dBu=0.775 Vrms  

DA216S Literature

Each unit is shipped with a booklet containing the Manual with Safety and Compliance information, the Data Sheet, the Schematic, the RaneNote "Sound System Interconnection," Declaration of Conformity, and Rane's 2+ Year Warranty information.

DA216S Support

Is it possible to get mic level signals from the outputs?

Not without adding external pads. The DA216S outputs at line level so reducing the signal to mic level requires an outboard attenuator.

Where's unity gain on the DA216S?

With "Line" & "0" dB of gain selected on the rear, the front panel Input gain is unity at full clockwise. There is 10 dB of gain between this point and the output, so with the inputs set in this manner, the output trims are unity at 12:00 noon.

How about 32 unbalanced outputs?

The ("–") Output may also be used as an unbalanced line driver, albeit inverted. The balanced Input terminals of the next stage must be reversed (+) for (–) to correct for the inversion. This nets a total of 32 Outputs! However, the penalty for 32 outputs is that unbalanced operation will not drive long lines and individual control is lost.

If the above options don't answer your question, or it's urgent...
Phone 425-355-6000, 8:30 AM to 5 PM PST, Monday through Friday.
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