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WARM AUDIO WA273-EQ £1,499

An emulation of the channels from one of Neve’s most revered British consoles, the WA273-EQ is a modern mic-pre with a vintage heart, as John Pickford reveals.

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Hot on the heels of Warm Audio’s four-channel WA-412 microphone preamplifier –reviewed last month –comes the WA273-EQ, a copy of the vintage Neve 1073 module. While the WA-412 is based on the 312 schematic found in classic American API consoles of the 1970s, the WA273- EQ is an emulation of the channels found in Neve’s most revered British consoles from the same era.

The Neve 1073 has been emulated probably more than any other mic-pre and I’ve tested quite a few of them. Last year I reviewed Neve’s own reissue of their classic module, the 1073 SPX, and found it to be one of the very best solid-state preamps I’ve heard to date. Now, Warm Audio expand their line of vintage hardware replicas with four units based upon the 1073. The range comprises two single-channel and two dualchannel units, one of each featuring an equaliser.

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