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The Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKII is a vintage-style, solid-state preamplifier that uses only discrete components and provides a variety of input and output options. The unit has a warm and punchy sound, and has similar circuitry to the classic 1073 module.
The PRE-73 MKII has a transformer-balanced mic input that can be switched between impedances of 1200 and 300Ω, resulting in a different sound at each setting on most mics. The rear panel has two combo XLR/1/4-inch jacks: one for mic-level sources and one for line-level sources. You can even plug-in mic and line sources simultaneously. A 1/4-inch instrument input is located on the front panel.
The unit also offers selectable output termination (requires removing a jumper), separate 1/4-inch TRS and XLR output jacks, absolute phase and phantom power switches, and input and output volume knobs.
Vintage-style electronics. No integrated circuits in the signal path
Maximum gain on the mic input is 80 dB, enough to handle passive ribbon mics with quiet sound sources
Gain range on the line input: -20 to + 10 dB
Switchable impedance on the mic input, 1200 or 300Ω, will change the tone of most mics
Switchable phantom power and absolute phase.
A high-impedance instrument input for any sound module, electric guitar, or bass
A simple but effective 4-step LED output level meter
The output level control makes it possible to make fine gain adjustments and also to overload the main gain stage(s) for more character, and then lower the signal to a suitable level before the output stage
Combo XLR/TRS input jacks and separate XLR and TRS output jacks provide flexible connection options
Insert jack for inserting EQ´s and other units
Selectable 600Ω output termination
High-power external power supply to avoid interaction with the audio circuits and transformers
A solid build quality that will last many years of normal use
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Golden Age Project PRE-73 MKII - Vintage-Style Preamplifier