Warm Audio knows a thing or two about reproducing coveted vintage gear at a decent price; with the brand’s latest microphone, it’s offered its take on the revered Neumann U67 tube condenser. Here’s the lowdown on the Warm Audio WA-67.
The WA-67 features the same EF-86 tube found in the original, as well as a capsule designed closely after Neumann’s then-revolutionary K870/67 dual-diaphragm capsule.
Because of the unique capsule design, the U67 was the first to offer three polar patterns – cardioid, bi-directional and omni – in a single microphone.
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Other “top-shelf components” complete Warm Audio’s take on the original circuit, including high-bandwidth polystyrene capacitors; Wima polypropylene caps; a large output capacitor from Solen, and a custom large-core transformer designed by Lundahl.
According to Warm Audio, both the EF-86 pentode tube and Lundahl transformer are key to the microphone’s “smooth” and “creamy” characteristics.
“The EF-86 tube is well-known in the industry for having characteristics that are consistently flattering to audio sources, and it’s one of the reasons why the original ’67 microphone remains sought after,” said the brand.
It added: “[The Lundahl transformer] plays a significant role in the buttery smooth high frequency response and huge three-dimensional sound of the WA-67.”
Check out Warm Audio’s demonstration of the WA-67 below:
The WA-67 is priced at $899 – with its own power supply unit – and is now available for purchase. Just for comparison’s sake, Neumann’s Collector’s Edition U67 and TLM-67 are priced at $8,745 and $2,400 respectively.
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