Locomotive Audio 286A

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Locomotive Audio's dual channel 286A offers a huge sonic palette for engineers and producers to explore. Its single-ended Class A tube signal path is what makes this preamplifier so special. Inspired by the great vintage Ampex 601 vacuum tube tape recorder, the 286A features two tubes per channel, one EF806 and one 12AY7. The 286A can play nice by acting clean and natural with gentle even-order harmonics for a smooth, sweet touch. Get more aggressive with the "Gain" knob and drive the first 12AY7 stage for a warm and colored thickening effect. Go all-out and slam the final 12AY7 stage and output transformer through the "Level" knob for a fully-driven, saturated tube amp sound! Clean and natural to overdriven and fuzzy warm; your choice! Along with its classic tube gain stages, the 286A has been given the modern front panel features that allow for flexible interfacing with today's studio equipment.

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Features
• Microphone and high impedance instrument inputs
• One EF86 & one 12AY7 per channel
• Polarity reverse switch
• 20dB pad switch
• 100 Hz low cut filter switch
• Microphone load impedance switch
• Mic/DI selection switch
• +48v phantom power switch
• 3-position VU meter switch: CH1 - Off - CH2
• Custom Sifam backlit VU meter
• XLR input and output connections
• Cinemag input and output transformers
• High-grade Solen capacitors in signal path
• Hand-built in USA with classic turret board technique
• Heavy 16 gauge steel chassis
• 115v/230v AC mains option on rear
• Backed by 2-year limited warranty parts and labor

Specifications
• Microphone input load impedance: 500Ω or 1800Ω
• Output impedance: 300Ω
• 1/4" DI impedance: 169kΩ
• 72dB of gain
• Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz
• Maximum 20Hz & 1kHz input level for 1% THD: -18dBu (+2 dBu with Pad)
• Maximum output level: +24 dBu
• THD+N: <1%
• S/N ratio: >70dB
• Dimensions: 19"w x 3.5"h x 10"d (2 RU)
• Shipping Weight: 18 lbs
• Power Consumption (120/240VAC): 25 watts

ConditionNew
TypeTube Preamplifier
ApplicationTracking
ChannelsDual Mono
CircuitTube
Inout transformer(s)Cinemag
Format19"
Chassis2 U
Quantity1
Grade 
2016-04-30

I like this preamp a lot

I like this preamp a lot. It has separate gain and output level knobs which allow you to push the gain louder into the tubes while turning your final output down to prevent clipping your input interface. This adds a nice color to the sound which I really like because I already have plenty of clean neutral sounding preamps. I also like the fact that it has the 1/4" inputs on the front. I played bass through it and was able to get a nice gritty rock sound pushing the input hard. This preamp has a lot of character in its sound. Sonically, it seems to add weight, which is good for making big lead vocals.

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    Locomotive Audio 286A

    Locomotive Audio 286A

    Locomotive Audio's dual channel 286A offers a huge sonic palette for engineers and producers to explore. Its single-ended Class A tube signal path is what makes this preamplifier so special. Inspired by the great vintage Ampex 601 vacuum tube tape recorder, the 286A features two tubes per channel, one EF806 and one 12AY7. The 286A can play nice by acting clean and natural with gentle even-order harmonics for a smooth, sweet touch. Get more aggressive with the "Gain" knob and drive the first 12AY7 stage for a warm and colored thickening effect. Go all-out and slam the final 12AY7 stage and output transformer through the "Level" knob for a fully-driven, saturated tube amp sound! Clean and natural to overdriven and fuzzy warm; your choice! Along with its classic tube gain stages, the 286A has been given the modern front panel features that allow for flexible interfacing with today's studio equipment.