Warm Audio WA76

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Limiting Amplifier

  • Replica of a classic 1176 Revision D
  • Discrete signal path
  • Cinemag input and output transformer
  • Class A line level output amplifier
  • Input Impedance: 600 Ohm
  • Frequency range: ± 1 dB from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Gain: 55 dB
  • Less than 0.4 % harmonic distortion from 50 Hz to 20 kHz with limitations
  • VU metres for dB gain reduction and dB output
  • Format: 19 " / 2U
available since March 2014
Item number 329985
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Compressor Yes
Gate No
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit No
Attack/Release Adjustable No
$499
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I like it better than my UREI 1176s
Greg O. 21.05.2014
I bought this because it was cheap. I didn't expect that this would be providing me with many reasons to sell my 2 vintage 1176s but it has. Simply put..my vintage units will be going on ebay as soon as my second WA76 arrives. They do everything as well and on some sources they sound more open than the originals. There is also a stereo linking kit available that will be useful for some people. It was very well packaged by Thomann and I have put the handling as 'good' for the very first time for a Thomann product because these are hand-made one at a time...so not really Thomann's fault that I had to wait longer than I wanted!

The quality is very good and the little 'splash of orange' looks well in the rack. The knobs had anti-scratch plastic on and it's little touches like this that impress me. The input know however was a bit stiff but easing it off a little bit from the housing has made it perfect. The knobs are indented for attack and release and this makes fine tuning a little easier.

It has all the bite and aggression of the original units but I wont have to worry about getting this serviced any time soon!

This will be in your top 3 'pound for pound purchases of the year.
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WA76 - A comp that doesn't ruin your marriage
White Ship Caused the Anarchy 19.12.2017
This is more than just a good looking unit, that features the vintage styling of the original 1176 but also is a very affordable copy of that unit that is versatile, easy to use, and able to give great compression on bass, vocals, guitar and according to many reviews drums. According to a lot of reviews and comparisons, the WA76 does sound similar to the 1176. This I cant confirm however, never having owned the original.

I have read a lot of complaints about noise issues, which I think depends more on what is being fed into the WA76 however, my only issue with the unit is the GR dial and Output dial that in real life, look and feel not as high quality as the images may suggest. When adjusting these dials there is also a static noise, however it hasn't hindered anything, and according to forums, a lot of people had the same experience.

So in all, good unit for the price, I guess those who have the cash to splash would probably be better off getting higher quality gear, but I think to be honest as a beginner (Like me) or someone who wants a 1176 without wanting to jeopardize their marriage and mortgage, I think this is a good compromise.
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its ok
Anonymous 26.04.2015
good price quality ratio.
love the distortion on synths when you push it hard.

but...its cheap and you feel it.

Do not go on the hype that they make high quality
compressor with cheaper prices.
that does not exist.

Had the same experience with their pultec eq.

forget about stereo purposes if they do not come linked/matched from factory.
I had a pair and they behave very different.

Customer service from warm audio is a big disappointment.
They are very silly with silly ideas to solve you problem like;
"sell the one that have the problem and get a new one"
Really? i could not get there without your help.


So for me no more warm audio. You get what you pay for.

Anyway, got an Api 2500 and a Gyraf vari mu.

Problem solved.
Stay away unless you only want an ok colouring box.
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Great product
Mario Percic 14.11.2020
Love the WA76, paired it with WA73-EQ and it sounds amazing!
There is no downside to this comp,
Definitely would recommend..
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