Vintech X73i

Class A, Transformer Balanced Mic Pre With EQ Based on Neve 1073
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Classic Neve-style Sound

The X73i is a Class A, all discrete, transformer balanced microphone preamplifier with equalizer both based on the classic Neve 1073 module. It is constructed utilizing modern manufacturing techniques which allow us to offer this product at an incredible value. Now practically anyone can record with the classic sound of vintage modules without having to deal with inflated vintage prices.

The X73i features the same Class A mic pre as the X73 with all of the same eq parameters plus additional mid range frequencies, selectable input impedance, 1/4 inch D.I. on front panel, transformer balanced mic and line inputs, phase reverse, phantom power switch, eq switch, 70db of gain, quality Grayhill rotary switches, custom machined aluminum knobs, plus many other features.

Requires an external power supply.

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Tech Specs

Preamp Type Solid State
Number of Channels 1
Phantom Power Yes
EQ Yes
Analog Inputs 1 x XLR (Mic), 1 x XLR (Line), 1 x 1/4" (Line)
Analog Outputs 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4"
Rack Spaces 1U
Height 1.75"
Width 19"
Manufacturer Part Number X73I

Customer Reviews

5/5
Based on 32 reviews
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5/5

Is it Really Worth the Money

Buying a high-end preamp was never an option for me. To begin, I didn't have the money and to be honest, I never imagined, for a second, it could have such a profound affect on the sound. I've been recording for more than 30 years and spent what money I had on instruments and a couple of very good mics. I really thought - that was the key to getting a pro level recording. Fortune smiled upon me, very briefly, to the tune of 6k.I've always researched every purchase to excess. What I knew was this: I had a nice strat, a nice Les Paul, a nice Yamaha acoustic. I had Marshall JCM800, Fender Hotrod Deluxe and Ampeg VTX60 tube amps. I had Neumann, Sennheiser and Shure mics and yet my recordings just weren't there. My first purchase was a Lynx Hilo Converter. It did make a difference, especially with the ever-so-fragile upper frequencies of acoustic guitar recordings. In fact, it improved all the recordings but, the acoustic was very revealing. I was really getting close now but, no. After dropping over 2k, I was dumbfounded.I began reading about preamps. After exhaustive research I decided on the X73i. I was very careful unpacking the x73i because I was absolutely sure I'd be returning it after a couple of days.First, I recorded electric guitars. I recorded 2 tracks simultaneously, with the only difference being the preamps. Wait . . . What the f*#k just happened. Not only did it sound thicker and smoother but, there was a significant, visual difference, between the waveforms. The x73i waveform actually looked fatter. I checked and then rechecked the signal paths and then repeated the test with the same result.I knew I'd need to buy 2 pres so, was the difference in sound quality really worth almost 3k?I recorded my acoustic. Same result.Next up . . . vocals. When I received the x73i, I had been struggling with a vocal track for over a week. I just couldn't seem to get it to sit right in the mix. I had tried every kind of compression technique known to man, I tried traditional Eqs, dynamic Eqs, mid-side processing, not to mention recording with a half a dozen different mics.I plugged an inexpensive MXL 4000 condenser into the x73i, then to the Hilo Lynx. You've got to be kidding me. The improvement in the vocals, through the x73i, was absolutely mind blowing. It sat perfectly in the mix - as is. I couldn't believe it. Now I understood why so many engineers grovel over these vintage preamps.As another review said, "The x73i will make any mic sound better." This is true, not to mention that it has a smooth, sweet sounding Eq section.The pair of x73i's have been a game changer for me . . . even more so than the Hilo Lynx. Good Luck
5/5

to 1073 or not to 1073 !!!

Recently picked this up strictly for hiphop vocals. BUT NOT the new age hiphop, for my sound is more vintage Wu-Tang Clan/ NYC style. tried my ma201-fet and blueberry on vox. No complaints. $1574 mos def worth it. this preamp is very thick, present & rich. very minimal eq used n sometimes none. i'm very happy with the results ive gotten on vox with this pre/eq. this box has great tone. im running into a solidstate compressor 4 now but will pickup a fet compressor in near future to add more color to the signal. if rock is what u do, pick this up! if ur a hiphop guy DONT!!!, cuz i dont want ur signal sounding like mine lol.
Music background: Producer - Artist - Engineer - etc
5/5

Amazing

You cannot beat this pre for the money. It sounds like a Neve 1073 only at 1/3 the price point. I have been very happy both in using it as a mic pre and as a DI for bass guitar. It gets my vote.
Music background: Pro Recording Engineer
5/5

Yep, that's the sound...

In doing an upgrade to my home production facility, Brendan (Murphy) convinced me to pick up a pair of these. I expected them to be decent, considering the raves I had read from other people. These pre-amps are way beyond decent. Put a decent large diagram condensor in front of one and hear the magic. Think of the best vocal recordings you have ever heard... Got it? OK, that is the sound you can get with these pre-amps. Of course, you have to have real talent in FRONT of the microphone and if you're going to digital, you want good converters. If you have the means, get at least one. You will not be disappointed!
5/5

Great value

You can't beat the X73i for the money. Great build. Sounds amamzing! Very musical EQ and the preamp is amazing. I've had great results with it on vox w/ Rode K2, DI for bass, miked guitar amp and miked acoustic. Use an SM 57 on a snare and nail the sound. This unit makes everything sound better. It sounds familiar because you've heard it's forefather the Neve 1073 on countless recordings. Price a used or new Neve 1073 module racked or unracked nd you'll see how the X73i is such a great deal. An output meter would be a nice addition.
Music background: musician, budding recording/mixing engineer, self producer.

Sweetwater Advice

Paul Allen

Every one of my customers who has bought this channel strip has called me to thank me for setting them up with the sound they have been looking for. Being a guy who is very familiar w/ the Neve sound, I can accurately vouch for the sound of these fantastic preamps.

Thomas Leahy

The Vintech X73i was my first high-end preamp, and its top-end shelf has been one of my go-to sounds for many years. There's nothing else like it besides buying a vintage Neve EQ, but even then, the X73i has it's own thing going on. My favorite part is the EQ, and the high shelf in particular nails the 1073 sound. It's crisp and musical, yet raw and crunchy. Even if I never used the preamp, the EQ alone would have been worth it.
See also: Vintech, Vintech Channel Strips, Vintech Preamps