Black Lion Audio B173 Quad 4-Channel Preamp with Mic and DI Inputs

BH #BLB173QUAD • MFR #B173 QUAD
Black Lion Audio B173 Quad 4-Channel Preamp with Mic and DI Inputs
Key Features
  • For Engineers Who Prefer the '73 Sound
  • Warm, Creamy Sound
  • 4 x Mic Inputs, 2 x 1/4" DI Inputs
  • Up to 70 dB of Gain
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Designed for recording engineers who want an updated take on the classic '73-style unit, the Black Lion Audio B173 Quad is a four-channel preamp with a warm, creamy, 1970s tone. It's suitable for recording vocals, keyboards, guitars, basses, and more.
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Black Lion Audio B173 Quad Overview

Designed for recording engineers who want an updated take on the classic '73-style unit, the Black Lion Audio B173 Quad is a four-channel preamp with a warm, creamy, 1970s tone. It's suitable for recording vocals, keyboards, guitars, basses, and more.

This preamp gives you four channels in a 2-RU package. XLR connections on the rear of the unit correspond nicely with your microphones, while you can plug any electric bass, guitar, or keyboard into one of its two 1/4" DI jacks. To better correspond with a variety of downstream gear, both XLR and 1/4" outputs are provided. Each output can be run in parallel, should you need to divert a single output to two different sonic destinations.

All four channels offer up to 70 dB of gain. Each channel sports its own phantom power switch for condenser microphones, as well as a polarity-reverse selector. A Hi-Z switch on two channels lets you choose between the mic and DI input. Gain and output knobs allow you to fine tune the level of each instrument; if you wished, you could drive the signal hard with the gain knob for a harmonically rich tone, then lower the output knob to avoid clipping your digital converter downstream.

The B173 Quad employs Cinemag transformers on both the input and output stages, ensuring a warm, meaty tone. Output metering is made possible via four meters. A power supply is included.

UPC: 713541493490

Black Lion Audio B173 Quad Specs

Inputs
Input LevelMicrophone: +1 dBu maximum
DI: +18 dBu maximum
GainMicrophone: +12 to +70 dB
DI: Up to +25 dB
ImpedanceMicrophone: 200 Ohms
DI: 1.1 MOhms
Phantom Power48 V, selectable
Polarity Reverse180°, selectable
Hi-ZSwitchable on 2 channels
Controls4 x gain knobs
4 x output knobs
2 x Hi-Z seletors
4 x phantom power selectors
4 x polarity-reverse selectors
ConnectionsMicrophone: 4 x XLR
DI: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm, phone type
Equivalent Input NoiseMicrophone: -105 dBu
DI: -100 dBu
THD+NMicrophone at +4 dBu Output:
  • 0.04% at +8 dBu
  • 0.05% at +25 dBu
  • 0.06% at +40 dBu
  • 0.08% at +55 dBu
  • 0.21% at +66 dBu

DI at +4 dBu Output:
  • 0.021% at +10 dBu
  • 0.016% at +20 dBu

 

BandwidthMicrophone: 10 Hz to 30 kHz (1 kHz, 150-Ohm source, unweighted)
DI: 10 Hz to 30 kHz (1 kHz, 600-Ohm source, unweighted)
Outputs
Output Level+28 dBu maximum
Output Impedance600 Ohms
Connections4 x XLR
4 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm
Rack Space2 RU
DimensionsNot specified by manufacturer
WeightNot specified by manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight13 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25 x 10.5 x 7"
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