Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp & Equalizer

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Vintech X81
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Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp & Equalizer

The Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp & Equalizer is a dream come true for many an engineer! It features the same celebrated microphone preamplifier as the X73, but with a more comprehensive four band equalizer.

Many engineers love the Class A sound of the Neve 1073, but they always craved the equalizer section of the 1081 which featured TWO mid-frequency bands instead of just the one in most all other Neves. However, the 1081 utilized class AB amplifiers - which is typically a more "even" sounding amp where the eccentricities of the Class A Neve circuits are what most consider to be magical.

The Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp features a class A, all discrete mic preamplifier, but with a more comprehensive four band equalizer with "Q" adjustments on the two mid range frequencies. The Vintech utilizes the same class A amplifier designs found in the Neve 1073 module throughout the Vintech X81 Class A. The equalizer section features ten low mid frequency points, 10 hi mid frequencies, 5 frequecy choices on both the low and high shelving adjustments. There is also a high pass filter, a D.I. and an ouput strength meter.

The Vintech X81 Class A requires the Vintech X73 Power Supply Unit in order to operate. However, one of these power supplies will power up to FOUR Vintech units. By using a separate remote power supply, Vintech units maintain an extremely low noise specification.

Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp & Equalizer Features

  • Same Class A preamp as found in the X73, but features the 4-Band EQ section of the 1081 modules
  • High and Low Shelving bands (5 points for each band)
  • Low-Mid and Hi-Mid frequency selections (10 points for each band) with Hi-Q (narrow bandwidth) switches for each
  • Selectable Hi-Pass Filter
  • D.I. Instrument Input on front panel
  • Requires Vintech X73 Power Supply Unit to operate

Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp & Equalizer Specifications

  • INPUT:
    • Microphone Gain of +70dB to +20dB in 5dB steps
    • Switchable microphone input impedance between 300 and 1,200 ohms
    • Line Impedance of 10kOhm
    • Line Input Gain of +20dB to -10dB in 5dB steps
    • Both Inputs are Transformer Balanced
    • Switch for +48-Volt phantom power
    • 1/4" D.I. on the front panel
    • Polarity / Phase switch
    • Input Level Control (a portion of the range is dedicated to MIC and the other to LINE)
    • Class-A output amplifier that utilizing authentic 2N3055 NPN transistor.
    • Custom-wound output transformer - most closely matches vintage Neve 1073 performance and sound
    • Hand-wired Elma rotary input gain selector switch
    • Clarostat output level control
    • Output Level LED display ranges from -6 dB to +18 dB
    • Output impedance of 75 Ohms @ 1kHz
    • Maximum Output of +26dBu into 600 Ohms
    • 4-Band EQ with High Frequency and Low Frequency Shelving, Hi-Mid and Low-Mid Freq bands w/ Hi-Q for each band
    • Hi-Pass Filtering
    • Switch for engaging EQ in/out of circuit
    • Faithful and accurate equalizer frequencies
    • Authentic Electroswitch dual-concentric switch/pots for equalizer
    • Gold contacts throughout
    • Balanced Neutrik XLR input and output
    • 1/4" D.I. on the front panel
    • 1/4" TRS balanced line input
    • XLR Output is Transformer Balanced and Earth Free
    • 1/4" Output is Transformerless and Unbalanced
  • Other Specifications:
    • Frequency Response: +/- 0.5dB, 20Hz to 20kHz, -30dB @ 40kHz with EQ Out
    • Noise: No more than -83dBu at all line gain settings
    • EIN is better than -125@ 60dB gain
    • Distortion is no bore than 0.07% from 50Hz to 10kHz at +20dBu output into 600 Ohms

Vintech X81 Microphone Preamp & Equalizer Includes

  • X81 Microphone Preamp
  • Power Cable
  • 1 Year Warranty

What We Think

"Having started out using the 31105 modules in the 8078 consoles, I have personally always favored the Neve 4-band equalizers. I love being able to address the upper-mid frequencies separately from the lower-mid band. They often have very different needs - especially when tracking! The X73 always did it for me sonically, but I always wanted another band when it came to the equalizer. With the Vintech Audio X81 Class A, I have exactly what I want!

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