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ali3la3la 21st December 2017 07:46 PM

Warm Audio WA-73 + WA-273EQ !!
 
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S*** just got real. Real affordable.

From their FB page:
Introducing the WA73 Family by Warm Audio.
• 1073-style British Microphone Preamps
• UK made Carnhill Transformers
• Hand wired, hand assembled
• Fully discrete
• TONE button - Changes input transformer impedance for varying tone
• Polarity switch
• 48v phantom power
• XLR mic input
• Line level TRS input
• TS Send/Receive insert jacks
• XLR & TRS line level outputs
• Direct In, instrument input
• Output control
• 19" rackable
• Ground lift switch
• Internal IEC 115v/230v power inlet

Coming soon! End of January 2018!

somdbass 21st December 2017 08:22 PM

My wife is starting to hate these guys:lol:

The Comeback Kid 21st December 2017 08:39 PM

Damn!
 
Damn! Right when I think my gear lust is in check...this comes out. I have a BAE 1073 that I"m pretty pleased with. But damn if reviews come back praising these I may have to make the push for the dual channel with EQ!

andersmv 21st December 2017 08:40 PM

A little cheaper than the new Heritage Audio Elite line, can't wait to hear them!

kangking 21st December 2017 08:42 PM

I might just go all warm audio on my chain. i already got 2 warm comp and a warm mic. Might as well get the pre with eq lmao

ali3la3la 21st December 2017 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by andersmv (Post 13028626)
A little cheaper than the new Heritage Audio Elite line, can't wait to hear them!

Didnt know they released this, gonna check it out. Any feedback on how it sounds?

Ive got a pair of Heritage DMA73 and cant live without them.. but yea fingers crossed the Stereo EQ sounds good, im gonna have to cop that. Looks slick too.

Ive got the WA-76 already, have had good times and not so good with them, so im still on the fence with Warm Audio, however the price point is veryyyyy good.

no genre 21st December 2017 09:05 PM

We're not in Kansas any more. I'm drooling for that WA273. I had been saving for a 1073ish 2 channel pre, and was planning to spend a little more than this. Since I was going to take the plunge anyway, this may save me a few bucks and still scratch the itch. I will certainly watch for the release and reviews. Christmas in January. Gaw-lee Sargent Carter!

Whoopysnorp 21st December 2017 09:29 PM

Seems like it's tooth and nail Warm vs. Stam lately.

The Warmth 21st December 2017 10:08 PM

Bad timing for Heritage and their elite series. Perfect time for me as I was looking to get a '73 pre. Excited to hear them side by side. Love Warm Audio but got a sneeaaky feeling the Elite might edge them in this cause of their history modelling the Neve.

ali3la3la 21st December 2017 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by The Warmth (Post 13028796)
Bad timing for Heritage and their elite series. Perfect time for me as I was looking to get a '73 pre. Excited to hear them side by side. Love Warm Audio but got a sneeaaky feeling the Elite might edge them in this cause of their history modelling the Neve.


Dont be so elitist :lol:

Vivian Jackson 21st December 2017 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Whoopysnorp (Post 13028727)
Seems like it's tooth and nail Warm vs. Stam lately.

Bought a couple of things from stam in the past, will check warm out instead.

The Warmth 21st December 2017 10:36 PM

Running drum busses through the WA273-EQ could be real sweet.

kangking 21st December 2017 11:15 PM

warm vs heritage lets see who can be the king of the budget neve clone. The winner will get my money lol

The Warmth 22nd December 2017 05:50 PM

More info/shots of the innards Nova Distribution >> NEW FOR 2018 – WARM AUDIO ANNOUNCE “BRITISH 1073 STYLE” SIGNAL PROCESSORS

Looks very nice inside. Carnhill transformers are custom built too to replicate the sound of vintage models.

the fxs 22nd December 2017 06:01 PM

holy sh!t
last week a sales guy told me that these we're about to be released.
i didn't believe him, thought he was crazy.

noah330 22nd December 2017 06:04 PM

Anyone know the prices?

cyjanopan 22nd December 2017 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by noah330 (Post 13030024)
Anyone know the prices?

they are shown (somewhat) in the first image of this thread :lol:

bowzin 22nd December 2017 07:45 PM

Ooo boy, very nice array and price points!

Hi-pass filter and LED metering are welcome features the similarly-priced Stam Audio units do not have. I have no problem saying though the Stam dual-1073 unit I have is VERY good, and not going anywhere. Amazing value, and the optional Sowter transformer option gives it a subtly more vintage'y behavior, where I'd say the Carnhills are perhaps more refined. I kept both the two-channel (Sowter) Stam 1073 as well as a pair of (Carnhill) SCA N72's and consider my Neve itch fully scratched for the time being for an amazing bargain/value.

These Warm units with EQ will be undercutting the stock (non-Carnhill) Chameleon Labs 7603 by about a $100, but the Warm adds Carnhill transformers, very nice. The Carnhill version of the 7603 is closer to $1200.

Curious to hear more about these custom Carnhill transformers.

cyjanopan 22nd December 2017 08:59 PM

Seems like a real deal

http://www.nova-distribution.co.uk/w...-eq-inside.png

noah330 22nd December 2017 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by cyjanopan (Post 13030026)
they are shown (somewhat) in the first image of this thread :lol:

Ahh yes! They need to write it big to show the low low price!!1!!:cowbell:

kangking 22nd December 2017 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by cyjanopan (Post 13030310)

looks unreal for the price wow

Deleted fe72b38 22nd December 2017 09:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cyjanopan (Post 13030310)

Well it's not quite like the "work of art" hand made wiremanship of the inside of my BAE 1073 pre/EQ .... that I admit to opening and sitting in front of for twenty minutes admiring the craftsmanship when I first bought it :)

But it does look very well made, neat and professional, well done Warm Audio.

Now I wonder how it comes to BAE/ Herritage/AMS/Neve soundwise?

I'm definitely interested in these units.

That WA273 looks really great.

cyjanopan 22nd December 2017 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by thehightenor (Post 13030341)
Well it's not quite like the "work of art" hand made wiremanship of the inside of my BAE 1073 pre/EQ .... that I admit to opening and sitting in front of for twenty minutes admiring the craftsmanship when I first bought it :)

But it does look very well made, neat and professional, well done Warm Audio.

Now I wonder how it comes to BAE/ Herritage/AMS/Neve soundwise?

I'm definitely interested in these units.

That WA273 looks really great.

Sure, but for the price it's amazing, and it's still much better (in terms of being actually hand made) than Neve 1073DPX for example which is more than twice as expensive

https://dt7v1i9vyp3mf.cloudfront.net..._UoVpSJbjq.jpg

Deleted fe72b38 22nd December 2017 10:10 PM

Yes I agree - for the price the WA273 does look amazing. Although I do remember from my own dabbling with electronics that the single PCB layout of the Neve 1073DPX is a more sophisticated professional design and probably more reliable than 8 or so little PCB boards in the WA design - but that doesn't need to be an issue sound wise and again for the price it's a reasonable compromise.

I think WA have raised their own bar compared to the build of the WA76.

That said their general price bracket has raised up a bit from bargain bucket (when the WA76 costed £499 in the UK)
to them having several units now well over £1000 and some near £1000.

So although these units are definitely great value for money - they are beyond impulse purchases for me and will take a bit of saving up for.

TurboJets 22nd December 2017 10:13 PM

Looks like Carnhill txformers In and Out, is that right?

b0se 22nd December 2017 10:32 PM

Wasn't expecting that from Warm. Looks very good for the price.

everyday 23rd December 2017 05:12 AM

Wow!!!

jakenolan 23rd December 2017 05:50 AM

I WILL have the WA73-EQ. Jeez. I knew this HAD to happen soon. What a time to be alive.

dickiefunk 23rd December 2017 09:20 AM

These have internal PSU’s.
I’m wondering if this will make this pre any noisier than the others. Other manufacturers went with external PSU’s to keep the noise down at this price point. Warm themselves used external PSU’s on their TB12 and WA12?

ali3la3la 23rd December 2017 06:32 PM

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