Black Lion Audio B173 500 Mic Pre  From Black Lion Audio

The B173 500 not only delivers the beefy lows, buttery mids, and polished highs of a classic 1073 preamp, but does so at a fraction of the price!

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Manufacturer's Description from Black Lion Audio

The preamp and line amp circuitry found in the B173 500 is identical to the original B173. Not a single component or design feature was compromised while converting it to a smaller package. As a result, the circuit boards are jam packed with all sorts of delicious components, including a brawny Cinemag input transformer!
The power supply is the backbone of any preamp design, and can make a huge impact on the overall sound and performance of the preamp. The +24V rail needed to power the B173 500 is painstakingly converted from the +/- 16V rails of a 500 series rack using a custom DC-DC converter circuit specially designed to keep any unwanted noise or modulations out of the signal path. Complete isolation is then achieved through the use of inductors, ferrite beads, decoupling capacitors, power regulation, and a custom enclosure surrounding the entire circuit.

The B173 500’s “Class A”, discrete circuitry combined with high-end components provide a fresh approach to a classic sound that won’t disappoint!



500 Series format (500 series rack required for use)

Cinemag Input Transformer

Edcor Output Transformer

80dB Gain

Hi-Z Input (passive, unbalanced)

Phantom Power

Phase Switch

Output Attenuator

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Mic Section
Max Microphone Input Level: +1 dBu
Input Impedance: 200Ω
Gain: +12dB to +80dB
Equivalent Input Noise (noise floor): -103dB
THD+N (@ +4dBu output):
.072% @ +8 dBu Gain
.074% @ +29 dBu Gain
.082% @ +44 dBu Gain
.152% @ +60 dBu Gain
.709% @ +76 dBu Gain
Bandwidth (1kHz, 150Ω source, unweighted): 10Hz to 30kHz
Hi-Z Section
THD+N (@ +4dBu output):
.0045% @ +10 dBu
.0076% @ +15 dBu
Output Section
Max Output Level: +29dBu
Output Impedance: 600Ω
Power Supply
+24V provided by ultra low noise,
custom power supply (500 series rack
Product Dimensions
1 .5” x 6.5” x 5.25”
Product Weight
1.2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions
13” x 13” x 5”
Shipping Weight
3 lbs

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