Warm Audio WA273-EQ Overview
The Warm Audio WA273-EQ is a dual-channel, Class-A microphone preamp and equalizer designed to provide up to 80 dB of gain and 3-band EQ for engineers, producers, musicians, and vocalists in mobile-recording rigs and home, project, and commercial studios. It features custom Carnhill transformers and is wired and assembled by hand to deliver the sound and functionality of classic British '73-style preamps.
Its inputs include balanced XLR and 1/4" TRS jacks and two front-panel 1/4" TS instrument inputs. Input impedance, polarity, ground lift, and phantom power are switchable. Connect an outboard compressor or equalizer via the 1/4" TS insert send and return jacks. Balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs are fed by output level controls and allow compatibility with most audio interfaces and mixing consoles. The selectable high-pass filter can be set to 50 Hz, 80 Hz, 160 Hz, or 300 Hz for management of unruly bass frequencies.
The inductor-based EQ boasts selectable frequencies and Blore Edwards dual-concentric potentiometers. The WA273-EQ is rack-mountable and occupies 2 RU.
Occupies 2 RU
Dual-channel, Class-A mic preamp and 3-band equalizer wired and assembled by hand
Created through years of R&D, careful reverse-engineering, and countless hours of auditioning
Designed to function and sound like a classic '73-style preamp
Fully discrete, transformer-balanced signal path
Custom Carnhill transformers saturate sweetly when pushed
Tantalum and polystyrene capacitors in the signal path and an output transistor choice that is smooth in high-gain settings
Stepped mic pre gain
Selectable low-frequency boost or cut at 35 Hz, 60 Hz, 110 Hz, or 220 Hz
Selectable mid-frequency boost or cut at 360 Hz, 700 Hz, 1.6 kHz, 3.2 kHz, 4.8 kHz, or 7.2 kHz
Selectable high-frequency boost or cut at 10 kHz, 12 kHz, or 16 kHz
Inductor-based EQ and high-pass filter
Blore Edwards dual-concentric EQ switching potentiometers
Balanced XLR and 1/4" inputs and outputs
Front-panel 1/4" TS instrument inputs
1/4" TS insert sends and returns
Output controls with 5-segment LED meters