Black Lion Audio B173 Preamp

1-Channel Pre-Amplifier in Neve-Style

  • Circuit design inspired by Neve 1073
  • Dynamic range: -112 dBu
  • Gain Mic: +12 to +80 dB rasterised, adjustable
  • Gain DI: -inf to +24 dB
  • THD + noise: -105 dB @ 1 kHz
  • Phantom power: + 48V
  • Switchable instrument input (DI)
  • Switchable phase reversal
  • Input Impedance: Mic 150 Ohm, Line 1 MΩ
  • Output Impedance: 600 Ohm
  • Velvety vintage sound for vocals, guitar, keys
  • Headroom: 27 dB
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR, 1 x jack (unbalanced)
  • Outputs: 1 x jack (balanced)
  • Format: 9.5"/ 1 HU
  • Weight: 1.4 kg
  • Incl. External power supply
  • Made in the USA

Further information

Channels 1
Number of microphone inputs 1
Instrument input Yes
Tubes No
Compressor/Limiter No
Equalizer No
De-Esser No
Phantom power Yes
Phase Reverse Yes
External effect loops No
Analogue Outputs Jack
Digitale Outputs None
Headphone connection No
Level Meter No
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Good preamp

Kar1l, 16.04.2018
I recently decided it was time to upgrade from the built in preamps in my Focusrite Sapphire to a 'real' external preamp. My budget was about 600 EUR. Afer a LOT of online research, I narrowed my options down to 6 preamps, in roughly the same price range. The preamps were:


ART Pro MPA II
Warm Audio TB12 Tone Beast
Black Lion Audio B173 Preamp
FMR Audio RNP 8380
Warm Audio WA73
Focusrite ISA One Analog

As I will be using the preamp mostly for vocals and bass, I tested both those signals.
I plugged my Ibanez 600 in passive mode into my BSS DI, into the preamp. For vocals, I hooked up my SM7B straight into the preamp, into Logic X. The results:


The Black Lion Audio B173 is one of the better looking preamps. Sound wise, it felt really comparable to the FMR. It sounds great on vocals, with a lot of smooth, round gain (on an SM7B). On bass again, it felt lacking, dull sounding.
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Just get one...

17.04.2016
Such a great pre, wether you want a nice round tone or a gnarly tone.... Saving up to get another pair. The only thing i would maybe complain about is the 19" rack mounting system...Just a little flimsy. The rest is great.
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