Warm Audio WA273

2-Channel Microphone Preamp in British 1073 Style

  • Discrete Class A circuit
  • Carnhill transformer
  • 80 dB gain
  • Incremented potentiometer
  • Tone button for switching the input impedance
  • Switch for phase reversal
  • Low-cut filter 4-step switchable: 50, 80, 160, 300 Hz
  • LED meter
  • 48V Phantom power
  • Integrated 115/230 V power supply unit
  • Build: 19" / 1 U

Connections:

  • 2 Microphone inputs: XLR
  • 2 Line inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Instrument inputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Insert inputs and outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Line outputs: XLR and 6.3 mm jack

Further Information

Channels 2
Number of microphone inputs 2
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops Yes
Analogue Outputs XLR
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter Yes
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Sounds very good but...
shootnix, 09.08.2020
But build quality is poor. I've got my item with manufacturing defects: mic input on second channel didn't work. Soldering quality is unacceptable as well. Volume dial makes noise when I trying to change volume. I'm totally disappointed.
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smokyjimi, 08.01.2019
Utilisé en home studio pour voix, guitares et basses.

Rien à redire sur le son ou les fonctionnalités qui me convenaient bien. Il faisait plutot bien son boulot.
Il parait plutôt solide d'aspect extérieur bien que les boutons ne semblent pas armés pour résister avec le temps.

Par contre à l'intérieur... quelle catastrophe! Je l'ai reçu avec un faux contact sur le canal 2, il fallait légèrement presser le châssis du bout des doigts pour que le signal passe. Du coup je procède à un échange, et sur le 2nd, problème de 48V (toujours sur le canal 2) qui ne fonctionne pas.
Je retourne donc le produit une 2nde fois et, ayant ma claque des aller retour à la poste, j'irais voir ailleurs si l'herbe est + verte.

Je lorgnais sur les micros Warm Audio, ainsi que leurs compresseurs, je suis complètement refroidis par cette marque.
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Super Feiner Sound
dom1234, 18.12.2020
Ich habe den WA273 Mikrofonvorverstärker nun seit circa 2 Monate im Gebrauch und bin wirklich sehr zufrieden damit. Er liefert einen angenehm warmen, klaren und ungefärbten Sound. Die Verarbeitung fühlt sich sehr hochwertig an, und man arbeitet einfach gerne damit. Derzeit läuft hauptsächlich ein Neumann U87 und ein Rode NTK durch den Preamp, und die beiden Mics klingen dadurch einfach herrlich!
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J'aime beaucoup !!
Gironovich, 16.08.2019
Cherchant un préamplificateur stéréo à positionner entre ma table de mixage numérique (dédiée uniquement à l'enregistrement) et ma carte audio Apogee Duet, j'ai opté pour ce Warm Audio WA273.

Dans la même gamme de prix (plus ou moins 1000 Euros), j'hésitais entre un Focusrite ISA 2 trop transparent (au vu de l'ISA 1 que je possède déjà) et l'Heritage Audio HA73 x2 qui n'a qu'une alimentation séparée. Finalement, je crois que c'est le filtre pass-haut à 4 paliers du WA273 qui a définitivement scellé mon choix.

Il est vrai qu'au vu des différentes critiques très mitigés que j'ai pu trouver sur ce fabriquant Texan, j'étais tout de même un peu fébrile en déballant ma machine... Mais tout est absolument rentré dans l'ordre dès qu'elle a commencé à fonctionner.

Je trouve la qualité de fabrication très bonne, et le poids de l'engin (presque 6 kilos) est là pour rassurer le futur utilisateur dès le départ.

Concernant le son, je ne vois pour le moment aucune différence avec le 1073 DPA que j'ai très souvent utilisé et qui coûte en passant presque 2,5 fois plus cher. Cependant, ayant ce WA dans les mains que depuis seulement quelques jours, peut-être que mon avis changera plus tard !

En attendant, je suis très content de ce que j'entends... Vraiment !!
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