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Originally Posted by pencilextremist View Post
the RND portico is nothing at all like SSL, or trident for that matter which is a very coloured sound in my opinion, I'd say it's like a higher fidelity slighly less vintage 1073 preamp but with a similar neve character, has a very very smooth top end and amazing amount of detail, probably the best choice within your budget.
The Portico doesn’t sound like a 1073.

The Silk button doesn’t do anything like what a saturated 1073 does.

The silk adds a very noticeable distortion in the upper frequencies.

The SSL shares a lot with the Portico when it isn’t saturating.

But it is more hifi sounding, smoother in the top end. I would say the SiX is more detailed in the mids in a way. And the Portico has more air.