Warm Audio WA73-EQ Single Channel Mic Pre & EQ (Demo / Open Box). When Warm Audio decided to release the Warm Audio WA73-EQ Dual Channel Mic Pre/EQ it was imperative that it met vintage expectation in both design and performance. The tone and sweet character that vintage'73-style mic preamps impart is so unique and familiar, that Warm Audio had only the pure desire to release sonically accurate reproductions.
After years of R&D, careful reverse-engineering, and countless hours of auditioning, the WA73-EQ was born! If there's one style of preamp that professional engineers would unanimously agree has defined the tone of pop/rock records for decades, it would most definitely be the venerable'73-style of mic pre. 73-style preamps have been massively used in recording and live applications for many years and are still considered to be the "Holy Grail" of preamp choices today. The Warm Audio "WA73 Family" consists of single and dual channel'73-style preamps (with & w/out EQ), that each pay careful homage to British audio history.The WA73-EQ is a "Desert Island" boutique preamp, but it can also be classified as a studio and live work-horse. Classic'73-style preamps are known for being versatile tools that work with all kinds of microphones from Condenser, to Dynamic, to Ribbon. The WA73-EQ equally shines on all types of microphones and sources including; vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, bass, drums, percussion, orchestras, keyboards, and even as a tone shaping tool to run partial or complete mixes through.
With 80 dB of gain and a fully discrete Carnhill Transformer balanced signal path, there's no recording, mixing or engineering task that the WA73-EQ can't handle. Enthusiasts unequivocally get excited about the components used in classic'73-style British preamps. The signal transformers are a common topic of conversation.
Vintage units used various versions of transformers throughout the years, but the most coveted were the earliest versions. These are regarded as the most desirable choice due to their fluid and forgiving nature. They saturate sweetly when pushed, and have been known to make engineers cry when they hear how beautiful their mixes sound through them! Warm Audio worked closely with Carnhill Transformers of Cambridgeshire, UK, to design faithful reproductions of these most coveted, early version transformers. An important part of classic British tone not often discussed are the different styles of capacitors and output transistor used in'73-style circuits.To maintain integrity to early British designs, Warm used tantalum and polystyrene capacitors in the signal path and an output transistor choice that is much smoother in the high gain settings than what is typically found in modern'73-style preamps. A great sounding'73-style circuit should be just as reliable as it is great sounding. The complex dual concentric switch potentiometers in the EQ sections of the WA73-EQ are made in the UK by Blore Edwards who manufacture military spec switches and potentiometers. The use of Blore-Edwards components is no small inclusion for a'73-style preamp-eq in this price range. Hand Wired & Hand Assembled. Classic'73-style preamps were often hand-wired and so is the WA73-EQ! Guru's claim that a portion of the sought after classic British tone can be attributed to the hand-wired nature of the build.
The WA73-EQ is hand-wired and hand assembled, including the pcb components that are all populated by hand. Single channel Class A'73-style British microphone preamp with EQ. UK made Blore Edwards EQ dual-concentric switch potentiometers. 80 dB of gain, resistor stepped gain switch.
Tone button - changes input transformer impedance for varying tone. Low band boost/cut - 35, 60, 110, 220 Hz. Mid band boost/cut - 360, 700, 1600, 3200, 4800, 7200 Hz.High band boost/cut - 10, 12, 165 kHz. Additional high band frequency EQ points added (compared to vintage 1073). 4 position inductor based hi-pass filter - 50, 80, 160, 300 Hz. XLR mic inputs (front and back). XLR & TRS line level outputs.
20 Hz - 20 kHz ±5 dB frequency response. Internal IEC 115/230 V power inlet.Since 1993, we have been committed to equipping our customers with the very best gear, advice, and personal service anywhere. We believe that great sound can be achieved at any budget. We also believe that the ambitions of our customers should always come first. And over the years, those beliefs have turned customers into friends and family. Whether you're just starting out, or a seasoned pro, we're here for you, no matter where your audio travels may take you. Analog Outboard Gear - 1 Year. Microphones - 1 Year (excluding capsules, tubes, and ribbon elements). Speakers - 1 Year (excluding drivers).
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