This highly affordable device is based on the circuitry used in Neve's legendary Swedish Company 'Golden Age' Audio distribute many leading pro-audio brands in their part of the world, but they also manufacture their own range of microphones and accessories aimed at the project studio market.
Although the Pre 73 is based on the preamp section of the revered Neve , it sells at an astonishingly low cost. Judging from the markings on the output transformer, at least some of the unit is built in the Far East — but that doesn't in any way detract from its performance.
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Of course, as with some other units I've tested using similar connectors, you need to be aware that if you apply phantom power to the mic input it will be applied to both the XLR and jack connector pins of the Combi mic socket — so you must take care, when connecting jacks to this input, that the phantom power is switched off!
Failure to check may result in damage to the connected equipment. The output is on separate jack and XLR connectors, again both balanced.
In all, the quality of mechanical assembly equals that of far more costly pieces of equipment, and no obvious corners have been cut — with the possible exception of the power inlet. At no point did circuit noise become noticeable.
Given the very affordable price of the Pre 73, its performance is astonishingly good, as is its build quality.
As an affordable taste of vintage sound quality, the Pre 73 offers something really special within its price range. Golden Oldie? Pros Very affordable.
Credible vintage sound with bags of warmth and character. Solidly built. Cons You need to watch that phantom power on the jack section of the mic input connector.
Summary As an affordable taste of vintage sound quality, the Pre 73 offers something really special within its price range. Buy PDF version.
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