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Locomotive Audio 286 preamp Dynamics Processors (HW)
Old 19th July 2017
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Locomotive Audio 286 preamp

This has been out a few years now and I haven't heard much about it, though the Locomotive compressor seems to get some love.

Can anyone vouch for it or share some experience? Where does it fall on the tube spectrum -- open and clear like RCA style designs, dense and syrupy like V72, woolly and dark, UA 610...?

The thing sure looks nice but I'm real curious how it sounds.
Old 20th July 2017
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The sound of any of these preamps is predominantly the audio transformers. Secondary aspects such as harmonic content, breakup characteristic, and slow/fast speed are more circuit dependent, and distinctly minor compared to the predominate aspect.
Old 23rd July 2017
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I love mine. Rick, creamy, syrupy and can be driven.

Not for someone looking at a clean type pre.
Old 24th July 2017
Want this and a weight tank

Would love more feedback regarding this preamp
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