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Vintech Audio X73i Pre/EQ  From Vintech

Cost-effective Neve 1073 replica. Need multiple channels of Neve? This is your box!

Vintech Audio

$1,375.00

Retail:  $1,695.00

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Everyone is always looking for that perfect balance between the best-sounding audio gear and the most affordable price. Meet the Vintech x73i! Dallas built his hand-wired replica 1073s with the original x73, but wanted to bring the cost down a little lower so that everyone could afford a real-sounding 1073 in their studio. He brought in PC-mounted switches to reduce the cost, then he began to wind his own transformers to get the closest sound to the original units, but without spending hundreds on the transformers alone.

The performance of the x73i (and the siblings, the multi-channel 273 and 473) compares incredibly well against many vintage 1073s that we have brought into our studio.  In fact, people ask if we have 1073s, and we tell them yes, we think the x73is are that close!  So if you are looking for that Vintage 1073 sound, but don't want to spend $3K for a single channel, the x73i is without a doubt the best place to start!

1073-Style Preamp Blind Shootout: WA273-EQ vs. Vintech X73i vs. BAE 1073 vs. Great River MP-2NV

In this BLIND 1073-style preamp shooutout video, we put the Warm Audio WA273-EQ, the Vintech X73i, the BAE 1073, and the Great River MP-2NV up against each other on acoustic guitar & male vocals. Can you tell which is which? FOR THE RESULTS AND A COPY OF THE HIGH RES AUDIO FILES:(without YouTube compression), give us a call at (919) 682-5552 or email us at proaudio(at)soundpure.com.

Manufacturer's Description from Vintech

Possibly the best value in the business! The X73i is a class A, all discrete, transformer balanced microphone preamplifier with equalizer both based on the classic Neve 1073 module. It is constructed utilizing modern manufacturing techniques which allow us to offer this product at an incredible value. Now practically anyone can record with the classic sound of vintage modules without having to deal with inflated vintage prices.

The X73i features the same class A mic pre as the X73 with all of the same eq parameters plus additional mid range frequencies, selectable input impedance, 1/4 inch D.I. on front panel, transformer balanced mic and line inputs, phase reverse, phantom power switch, eq switch, 70db of gain, quality Grayhill rotary switches, custom machined aluminum knobs, plus many other features.

We just returned from this year's AES convention where we conducted listening tests between our new X73i and vintage Neve 1073's we rented from Dreamhire in New York. Many folks did the comparison and practically all who did found the units to sound amazingly identical.

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Vintech is the leader in true classic Neve preamp and EQ reproduction. The Vintech Designs are committed in their truth to the original designs of Rupert Neve, uncompromised in their hand-built quality, and also improtant, the most affordable of the accurate Neve designs currently on the market. If you are considering purchasing an original used re-racked or refurbished vintage Neve module, you really should consider the Vintech line. Not only are they sonically dead-on with the originals, they come with a full warranty and the piece of mind that comes with purchasing a brand new piece of gear free of the problems associated with buying vintage equipment.

Sound Clips

rapido arpeggio electric guitar position 5 pickup

Nash S-57 Black - SOLD! > Fargen Blackbird 20W Guitar Amplifier Combo > Sennheiser MD 421 II Microphone > Vintech Audio X73i Pre/EQ > AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone > A Designs Pacifica Stereo Preamp > Apogee Digital Rosetta 800 8 Channel A/D/A

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Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 5) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume 9am, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800.

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 5) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume 9am, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800. (view less)

hyped up electric guitar position 4 pickup

Nash S-57 Black - SOLD! > Fargen Blackbird 20W Guitar Amplifier Combo > Sennheiser MD 421 II Microphone > Vintech Audio X73i Pre/EQ > AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone > A Designs Pacifica Stereo Preamp > Apogee Digital Rosetta 800 8 Channel A/D/A

Description:

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 4) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume 12pm, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800.

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 4) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume 12pm, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800. (view less)

mad max electric guitar position 2 pickup

Nash S-57 Black - SOLD! > Fargen Blackbird 20W Guitar Amplifier Combo > Sennheiser MD 421 II Microphone > Vintech Audio X73i Pre/EQ > AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone > A Designs Pacifica Stereo Preamp > Apogee Digital Rosetta 800 8 Channel A/D/A

Description:

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 2) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume max, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800.

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 2) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume max, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800. (view less)

hyped up electric guitar position 5 pickup

Nash S-57 Black - SOLD! > Fargen Blackbird 20W Guitar Amplifier Combo > Sennheiser MD 421 II Microphone > Vintech Audio X73i Pre/EQ > AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone > A Designs Pacifica Stereo Preamp > Apogee Digital Rosetta 800 8 Channel A/D/A

Description:

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 5) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume 12pm, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800.

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 5) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume 12pm, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800. (view less)

mad max electric guitar position 1 pickup

Nash S-57 Black - SOLD! > Fargen Blackbird 20W Guitar Amplifier Combo > Sennheiser MD 421 II Microphone > Vintech Audio X73i Pre/EQ > AEA R92 Ribbon Microphone > A Designs Pacifica Stereo Preamp > Apogee Digital Rosetta 800 8 Channel A/D/A

Description:

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 1) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume max, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800.

Nash S-57 electric guitar (position 1) played into Fargen Blackbird 20W(volume max, reverb 11am, treble 1pm, mid 4pm, bass 10am) mic'd with Sennheiser MD 421 II (22 degrees on axis) into Vintech-Audio X73i preamp & mic'd with AEA R92 6 inch off speaker) into A designs Pacifica preamp feeding Apogee Rosetta 800. (view less)