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Golden Age Project PREQ-73 PREMIER Single-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Equalizer

Golden Age Project PREQ-73 PREMIER Single-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Equalizer

Golden Age Project PREQ-73 PREMIER Single-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Equalizer

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Product Highlights

  • Mic, Instrument & Line Inputs
  • Up to 80 dB of 1073-Style Gain
  • Discrete Signal Path with No ICs
  • High- and Low-Frequency Shelving EQ
  • Inductor-Based Midrange EQ
  • Carnhill Input and Output Transformers
  • Switchable Input Impedance
  • Phantom Power and Switchable Polarity
  • XLR and 1/4" Outputs
  • 4-Segment LED Output Level Meter
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Golden Age Project PREQ73 Overview

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The Golden Age Project PREQ-73 PREMIER is a single-channel microphone preamplifier and equalizer designed to deliver the character of a vintage 1073-style preamp/EQ, for vocalists, musicians, and recording engineers in home, project, and commercial studios. Loaded with Carnhill transformers, polystyrene and tantalum capacitors, and soldered connections, it offers musical tone and up to 80 dB of gain. Tonal customization is easy thanks to an array of front-panel controls.

Route a mic-, line-, or instrument-level signal via the XLR-1/4" TRS combo jack or 1/4" TS Hi-Z input. Tailor the sonic traits to your preference using the inductor-based midrange EQ, high- and low-frequency shelving bands, and switchable input impedance. You can achieve saturation by lowering the output level control while increasing the input gain and checking the 4-segment LED output level meter, which indicates levels at -10 dBu, +4 dBu, +14 dBu, and clipping. Balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS output jacks are available on the rear panel.

Phantom power and polarity are switchable via dedicated controls. The PREQ-73 PREMIER is powered by the included 24V power adapter.

Vintage 1073-style electronics with no integrated circuits in the signal path
Maximum gain in mic mode is 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
Stepped input gain switch allows 20 to 80 dB of gain in mic mode or -10 to +20 dB in line mode
Dedicated switch for engaging/disengaging the 3-band EQ section
Low-frequency shelving EQ with 15 dB of gain at 55 Hz or 220 Hz
Inductor-based midrange EQ with ±15 dB of gain at 350 Hz (switchable to 700 Hz via internal jumper), 1.6 kHz, or 3.2 kHz
High-frequency shelving EQ with 20 dB of gain at 10 kHz or 16 kHz
Output level control allows tonal saturation by overdriving the output stage and transformer without producing damaging output levels
Switchable mic input impedance allows impedance matching or tone alteration for most mics
Selectable 600-Ohm output termination
Rear-panel XLR-1/4" TRS combo input for a mic- or line-level source
Front-panel 1/4" TS Hi-Z input for direct connection of a sound module, electric guitar or bass, or keyboard
Classic-style knobs and buttons
All connections except gain-switch connections are soldered for signal purity and long-term stability
UK–made Carnhill input and line output transformers
Polystyrene capacitors in the amplifier circuits
Tantalum capacitors in the signal path
Sturdy toggle switches with gold-plated contacts
External power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
Rack-mountable via optional UNITE PREMIER rack kit
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Golden Age Project PREQ-73 PREMIER Single-Channel Microphone Preamplifier and Equalizer
  • 24 VAC Power Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Golden Age Project PREQ73 Specs

    Number of Channels 1
    Inputs 1 x XLR-1/4" TRS Combo Jack
    1 x 1/4" TS Hi-Z
    Output 1 x 3-Pin XLR
    1 x 1/4" TRS
    Phantom Power +48 VDC
    Multi Function Preamplifier and Equalizer
    Gain Range Mic Input: 20 to 80 dB
    Line Input: -10 to +20 dB
    Equalizer LF: ±15 dB Shelving Band at 55 Hz or 220 Hz
    MF: ±15 dB Peaking Band at 350/700 Hz, 1.6 kHz, or 3.2 kHz
    HF: ±20 dB Shelving Band at 10 kHz or 16 kHz
    Input Impedance Mic: 300 Ohms or 1200 Ohms (Selectable)
    Line: 10 kOhms
    Instrument: 100 kOhms
    Maximum Output Level Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Specialties Switchable Polarity
    Selectable 350/700 Hz Midrange Frequency via Jumper
    Selectable 600-Ohm Output Impedance via Jumper
    4-Segment LED Output Level Meter
    Power Requirement 24 VAC Power Adapter
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.5 x 1.8 x 10.0" / 21.6 x 4.4 x 25.4 cm
    Weight 4.6 lb / 2.1 kg

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