Rane DA216S
DA 216S


The Rane DA 216S Distribution Amplifier is a two-input, sixteen-output splitter/distribution amplifier. The DA 216S 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.

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 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.

Each output stage incorporates a high-current balanced output line driver for driving long lines with optimal performance. The DA 216S improves upon the DA 216a model with Euroblock connectors, and an internal universal power supply that can operate almost anywhere in the world (100-240 VAC).


  • A, B, A&B Output Assign Switches
  • Sixteen Balanced (Terminal) Outputs, Individually Assignable
  • Two Balanced Inputs
  • Studio Grade Low Noise Input Amp
  • Input Overload Indicators
  • Mic/Line Input Switches
  • Gain Switches: 40/60 dB Mic, 0/20 dB Line
  • Phantom Power Switch
  • Master Input and Individual Output Level Controls
  • Stable High-Current Line Drivers
  • All Outputs Capable of Driving 600 ohm Loads Simultaneously
  • UL/CSA/CE Internal Universal 85-240 VAC Power Supply


  • Mic Input Impedance 1.82k ohm
  • Line Input Impedance 17.9k ohm
  • Mic Gain Control +40 dB & +60 DB
  • Mic Pad 20 DB
  • Line Gain Range 0 dB & +20 dB
  • Overall Mic Gain +56 dB & +76 dB
  • Overall Line Gain +16 dB & +36 dB
  • Max Mic Input Level -20 dBu
  • Max Line Input Level +21 dBu
  • Overload LED 3 dB below clip
  • Phantom Power +15 VDC
  • Output Impedance 200 ohm
  • Output Drive Level +24 dBu
  • Output Cable Length 1500 feet
  • Mic Equivalent Input Noise -128 dBu
  • Line Signal-To-Noise Ratio 100 dBV
  • THD+Noise (Line Input) 0.005 %
  • Frequency Response, Line 15-50 kHz
  • Frequency Response, Mic 15-50 kHz
  • Frequency Response, Mic 30-50 kHz
  • Crosstalk 80 dB
  • Power Supply Requirement 100 to 240 VAC
  • Unit: Construction All Steel
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.75" x 19" x 5.3" (1 RU)
  • Weight: 4 lbs.
  • Shipping Size (H x W x D): 4.25" x 20.3" x 13.75"
  • Shipping Weight: 7 lbs.

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