I have a regulated power source supplying +/-48 VDC that I would like drop to +/- 24 VDC. I think linear regulators are the way to go here since they are powering an audio circuit. I would like to use a pair of regulators, such as 7824 and 7924, but those particular ones have a max input voltage of +40 VDC and -40 VDC.
Are there similar regulators with higher maximum inputs? Nothing shows up on Mouser. If not, am I correct in thinking the best option would be to use transformers?
Alternatively, the device to be powered also has regulators at the input (can't quite see their model numbers, which are obscured by heatsinks), so maybe some sort of resistor-based solution would work?
edit: Since there were some questions about the power supply: it's not a standard power supply. The whole system is a guitar combo amp that was essentially built from a rackmount preamp installed into a powered speaker. The power amp had a +/-48V tap that was powering the preamp. I wanted the option to use the preamp separately, so I converted the preamp to use a separate +/-24V power supply, which had the added benefit of removing some resistors that were overheating and burning the circuit board. However, when using the whole system as it was originally designed, I'd like the option to power the preamp from the 48V power tap.
The designer recommended jumpering those resistors to convert the preamp to 24VDC. I can't tell how those resistors were originally dropping the voltage, but I'd rather not use a similar solution to convert the power amp's output to 24V. Some commenters already pointed out how inefficient that is.