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

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Is it a Neve 1073?

No it is not... the Vintech x73i gets you close, but it has it's own sound too and also a lot more dependable. The best mic-pre for the doe in my opinion. THe EQ section is brilliant, but I don't really use it too often.
Music background: Band-leader, songwriter, engineer

The "Nashville Sound"

If you are a Country Artist Or Engineer looking for that Famous "Nashville Sound" you have come to the right place. I have learned that you must have Professional Quality Equipment to achieve Professional Results. I recently purchased the Mojave Audio MA-200 (LDC). You simply Cannot Beat this Microphone! I soon realized I was in need of a High End Mic Pre. I contacted my Sales Rep "Brendon Murphy" and he Immediately Recommended the Vintech X73i. After Receiving the mic pre and connecting the MA-200 I was Blown Away! I had finally found the sound I had been searching for. This Microphone and Preamp are a Match Made In Heaven! The Pre Has a Huge in your Face Sound. Add a bit of eq and Hear your Tracks come Alive like never before. The Preamp and Power Supply (Which is not included) are definitely built to last. The Vintech PSU will power up to 4 units at one time which is a good thing. I have a feeling you will want more then one of these pres after hearing The Quality!
Music background: Traditional Country Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Live Sound and Home Recording Engineer


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

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!

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

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.

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.
See also: Vintech, Vintech Preamps, Vintech Channel Strips