The Vintech X73i (Neve 1073 replica) is compared side-by-side an original pair of Vintage Neve 1073’s in this mic preamp shootout. For the shootout, The Sound Pure Steinway Concert grand piano was recorded using a matched pair of Peluso P12 tube microphones (Vintage Clones of the AKG C12 microphone) spaced across the piano’s strings. 

The preamps chosen for this shootout are preamps that have come through Sound Pure Studios that we feel really passionate about and feel we can recommend with no reservations, whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection.

For copies of the hi res files, shoot us an email at, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.

The Contenders

Vintage Neve 1073

Vintech X73i

We hope you request the hi res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.