AMS Neve 1073 DPX
Dual 1073 microphone/instrument preamplifier, 3-band EQ
The 1073 DPX has two channels of Neve 1073 Class A design microphone preamplifiers, each with 3-band EQ (fixed HF plus two switchable bands with cut/boost capability) and high pass filter.
Using the same revered Neve 1073 circuit design and genuine components, matched with modern manufacturing techniques, the 1073DPX delivers the best sounding microphone preamplifier & EQ unit with convenient extra features for an unbeatable price.
Launched in 1970, the Neve 1073 Classic soon became the first choice mic preamp for leading producers and artists. Found on some of the most famous recordings of the past 40 years, the big, punchy sound of the 1073 complements any musical genre - from rock to rap to classical. The quality is legendary. Designed and built in England, the modern-day 1073DPX is produced to the exact specifications of the original with matched components to ensure the sound remains true.
The 1073DPX has two channels of Neve 1073 Class A design microphone preamplifiers, each with 3-band EQ (fixed HF plus two switchable bands with cut/boost capability) and high pass filter, adding warmth and depth to recordings, bringing out subtle ambience, maintaining spatial positioning, and capturing a more precise image - embodying, think many engineers and producers, the essence of the genuine Neve sound.
Building on the 1073 classic module features, the 1073DPX introduces extra functionality with integrated DI input, phantom power, selectable Insert feature, level meters, selectable headphone monitoring and I/O connectors on each channel for easy and direct connection of microphones and instruments.
The 19" rack-mount 2U unit includes an external multi-voltage PSU
2 independent, genuine Neve 1073 transformer-coupled microphone preamplier / EQ circuits, in a single 2U 19" rack mount enclosureExclusive Neve Marinair transformers used on each input and output stage.Convenient connections for Mic, Line & DI inputs on front of unit, with switchable mic/line input connections on the rear of the unitSwitchable +48v Phantom Power, Hi/Lo impedence, -20dB pad and DI ground lift on the input stageSwitchable Phase, and EQ in/outInsert Send and Return loop feature allows external equipment to be connected easily to the 1073DPX audio chain, such as mono/stereo limiter/compressors;Pre-EQ insert send/return - a line level send is available from the mic-preamp output stage and a return just before the EQ stagePost-EQ insert send/return - a line level output send is available from the post EQ stage and a return just before the main output stageIndependent channel output level controls7-stage LED signal level meters for each channel - can show mic/line/DI input-stage level, EQ-stage level or output-stage level up to +24dBHeadphone output with adjustable volume control, can listen to channel 1, channel 2 or both channels combinedExternal multi-voltage PSU
Mic Amplifier Section
Microphone Input: Input impedance 300 Ohms or 1200 Ohms, gain +80dB to +20dB in 5dB steps.Input is transformer balanced and earth free.
Line Input: Input impedance 10K Ohms bridging, gain +20dB to -10dB in 5dB steps.Input is transformer balanced and earth free.
DI Input: Input impedance 10M Ohms (PAD off) / 10K Ohms (PAD on)Gain +80dB to +20dB in 5dB steps.
Output: Maximum output is >+26dBu into 600 Ohms. Output impedance is 75 Ohms @ 1kHzOutput is transformer balanced and earth free.
Distortion: Not more than 0.07% from 50Hz to 10kHz at +20dBu output (80kHz bandwidth) into 600 Ohms
Frequency Response: '+/-0.5dB 20Hz to 20kHz, -3dB at 40kHz, EQ out.
Noise: Not more than -83dBu at all Line gain settings, EQ In/Out (22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth)
EIN: Better than -125dBu @ 60dB gain.
High Frequency: Smooth +/- 16dB fixed frequency shelving at 12kHz
Mid Frequency: Smooth +/- 18dB peaking, fixed 'Q' with selectable centre frequencies of 0.36kHz, 0.7kHz, 1.6kHz, 3.2kHz, 4.8kHz & 7.2kHz
Low Frequency: Smooth +/- 16dB shelving with selectable frequencies of 35Hz, 60Hz, 110Hz & 220Hz
High Pass Filter: 18dB per octave slope, switchable between 50Hz, 80Hz, 160Hz & 300Hz
EQL Button: Switches the equaliser in or out of circuit.
Phase Button: Gives 180 degree phase change at balanced output
Width: 480mm (19 inches)
Height: 88mm (3.5 inches)
Depth: 356mm (14 inches)
Approx. Weight: 10kg (22 pounds)
June 16, 2021
Two Channels Of Perfection
What can I say about a Neve 1073 that hasn't be said before? It is incredible on absolutely every source. Vocals feel present and thick. Guitars jump out at you. Drums saturate in a way that adds compression without losing punch. The EQ is musical and intuitive and this thing has headroom for days. Read more
My only regret is not getting one sooner. I've used BAE 1073s and other clones and was convinced "I just don't like THAT sound" but always baffled me how most of the world swears by this style of preamp. Well now it is clear to me that only Neve does Neve like Neve can! Worth every penny. Once again Mario took incredible care of me and even spent a good 45 minutes explaining all the differences between the current Neve offerings making me feel confident the DPX was exactly the right one for me.
April 28, 2021
Really impressive unit. Eq's sounds great and so does the preamp. It will give you the classic neve sound with that low end enphasis. Can also be used as an insert easily throught the line level entry. Build quality is military grade. 10/10
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