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(B-Stock) Warm Audio WA-273EQ - 2 Channel Mic Pre and EQ

(B-Stock) Warm Audio WA-273EQ, Hand-Wired 19" Rackmount 2 Channel Class A British Mic Pre and EQ,

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(B-Stock) Warm Audio - WA-273EQ
2 Channel Mic Pre and EQ

Warm Audio WA-273EQ

Please note: This item is B-Grade. Packaging may be damaged or missing and there may be cosmetic imperfections and slight signs of use.

A reproduction of the most legendary console sound of all timeThe venerable '73-style of mic pre is the one style of preamp that professional engineers would unanimously agree has defined the tone of pop/rock records for decades. '73-style preamps have been used massively in recording and live applications for many years and are still known as the “Holy Grail” of preamp choices today. The Warm Audio “WA73 Family” features single and dual channel '73-style preamps (with & w/out EQ), each of which pay careful homage to British audio history.

When Warm Audio decided to release the WA273-EQ it was important that it met vintage expectation in both design and performance. The tone and sonic character that vintage '73-style mic preamps impart is so unique and familiar, Warm Audio have the pure desire to release sonically accurate reproductions. After years of R&D, intense research, and countless hours of auditioning, the WA273-EQ was born!

The WA273-EQ is a boutique preamp, but it can also be used 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 WA273-EQ works equally as good 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 80dB of gain and a fully discrete Carnhill Transformer balanced signal path, there’s no recording, mixing or engineering task that the WA273-EQ can’t take on.

At A Glance • Dual-Channel, Class A, '73-Style Brittish Mic Preamp with EQ
• 4 Position Inductor Based Hipass Filter - 50, 80, 160, 300 HZ
• Additional High Band Frequency EQ Points Added
• UK Made Carnhill Transformers
• Hand Wired, Hand Assembled

UK Custom Carnhill Transformers

Warm Audio WA-273EQ

A desirable choiceEnthusiasts often get excited about the components used in classic '73-style British preamps. The signal transformers are a frequent 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 nicely when pushed, and have been known to impress engineers 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. Warm Audio have not yet heard a modern day '73-style preamp sound as incredibly musical as does the WA273-EQ with these stunning custom Transformers.

Capacitors & Signal Path

Warm Audio WA-273EQ

classic British circuitsA vital element of these classic British circuits that isnt commonly discussed is the different styles of capacitors and output transistor used. Warm Audio acknowledge that its important to maintain integrity to the original design by using 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 reproductions.

UK Blore Edwards Switch-PotsA great sounding '73-style circuit should be equally reliable as it is great sounding. The complex dual concentric switch potentiometers in the EQ sections of the WA273-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 AssembledClassic '73-style preamps were often hand-wired just like the WA273-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 WA273-EQ is hand-wired and hand assembled, including the pcb components that are all added by hand.

Warm Audio // WA273-EQ Dual Channel British Mic Pre + EQ

The Tech Spec

Features Specification
Preamp Type Class A Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Phantom Power Yes
Polarity Switch Yes
EQ Low (35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz, 220Hz), Mid (360Hz, 700Hz, 1600Hz, 3200Hz, 4800Hz, 7200Hz), High (10kHz, 12kHz, 16kHz), Highpass
Analogue Inputs 4 x XLR (mic), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z), 2 x 1/4" (line)
Analogue Outputs 2 x XLR, 2 x 1/4"
Channel Inserts Yes
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz (±0.5 dB)
Rack Spaces 2U
Power Source Standard IEC AC cable
Width 19"
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(B-Stock) Warm Audio WA-273EQ - 2 Channel Mic Pre and EQ
(B-Stock) Warm Audio WA-273EQ - 2 Channel Mic Pre and EQ