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Klark Teknik KT2A or Warm Audio WA-2A?
Old 1 week ago
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Klark Teknik KT2A or Warm Audio WA-2A?

So tomorrow is my birthday!

I want to buy an Opto-compressor to go alongside my 1073 Preamp. I plan on tube swapping them. Originally I wanted to DIY it but it'll be kind of inconvenient to get my wife to buy all those parts for me.

Which of these compressors do you guys think is a better buy?
Old 1 week ago
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Awesome wife! Happy Birthday!
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Awesome wife! Happy Birthday!
Thanks man! She is
Old 1 week ago
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Audio scape LA2A is the right thing to get.

Between Warm and KT. I prefer KT because of no wall warts.

When I asked revive about moded 1176's they stated: KT is better out of the box, warm was better after the mod. Don't know if that also applies to 2A clones.
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Audio scape LA2A is the right thing to get.

Between Warm and KT. I prefer KT because of no wall warts.

When I asked revive about moded 1176's they stated: KT is better out of the box, warm was better after the mod. Don't know if that also applies to 2A clones.
That one is my preferred one but those units go on sale and sale out in seconds apparently. Try getting my wife to to do that

As far as the 1176 goes. I hear that the KT76 is a closer representation of the real unit. When I worked in at an upscale studio in Manhattan I remember testing out different compressors to see which one was my favorite for Vocals. Out of what was a available at the time I ended up liking the Distressor and putting it on 10:1 Opto but instead of having the attack on 10 I had it on 7 which really helped clean things up. I remember the UA 1176's we had were pretty dark.

The reason I bring that up is because that's what I hear some people complaining about the KT-1176. Some people perferred Warm WA76 because it was brighter. One thing the Blackface 1176 is not is bright so there may be so weight to what you are saying. That unit is honestly a steal in that case
Old 1 week ago
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Happy birthday! Isn't budget an issue? The KT is a lot cheaper. In Europe at least, the wa2a is 3x the price of the KT.

Anyway, I own the KT-2A and I think its a great piece of gear regardless the price. Thinking to get another one to stereo-link them. Haven't listened to the wa2a.
Old 6 days ago
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Happy birthday! Isn't budget an issue? The KT is a lot cheaper. In Europe at least, the wa2a is 3x the price of the KT.

Anyway, I own the KT-2A and I think its a great piece of gear regardless the price. Thinking to get another one to stereo-link them. Haven't listened to the wa2a.
Well I love saving money but i'm also a believer in spending more on what will make me happy in the long run. Too many times I spent money on something just to resell it to pay for a unit that's more expensive.

Right now i'm leaning towards a Klark Teknik KT-1176. Not an opto compressor but it impressed the **** out of me
Old 6 days ago
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Well I love saving money but i'm also a believer in spending more on what will make me happy in the long run. Too many times I spent money on something just to resell it to pay for a unit that's more expensive.

Right now i'm leaning towards a Klark Teknik KT-1176. Not an opto compressor but it impressed the **** out of me
I agree with your thinking . By the way, the KT-2A impressed me more than the KT-76 (I own both).
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I did not like the Wa2a when I demoed it. Either to much or to little GR. Flimsy. Felt sturdy though, haven't tried the KT. From various demos I think no clone gets the release right like the original.

Just bought a tubetech cl1b and it's glorious. See if you can demo both (WA and kt) and see which one you prefer
Old 6 days ago
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I tried both and wasn't too impressed with either. Both sounded way too clean for a 2A type comp. I also had an ART VLA at the time and thought the ART had more vibe than either the Warm 2A or the KT 2A.
Old 6 days ago
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How about the IGS Audio LA 500?
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I prefer the kt2a personally. It isn't an LA2a I don't think but it is a very decent sounding unit that is only underlined by the very affordable price. Wa2a is nice too but less weight I think.
Old 5 days ago
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Haven't compared it to others but the Golden age Comp2a which is an LA2a clone in circuit but not looks is quite nice sounding.

The Comp2a is a half rack unit with an internal power supply, it looks like an LA3 which they also make a copy called the Comp3a.
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I had a WA-2A then bought a KT-2A and found the initial difference, at least with these units was, the WA-2A clamped down on the initial attacks more, noticeable in percussion or vocal sibilance. So the WA-2A ends up sounding "softer" and actually makes it a unique compressor. This certainly can be desirable but the WA-2A is further away than the original in this regard.

It sounds minor but it's actually a pretty big difference and after getting the KT-2A I sold the WA-2A and bought a second KT-2A.
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Audio scape LA2A is the right thing to get.

Between Warm and KT. I prefer KT because of no wall warts.
whats everybodies problem with wall warts?! its just a cable. sound is more important. my gear is in the rack, the power cable gets touched once when installing and thats it! so i really dont care if its wall wart or an atomic cable.
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whats everybodies problem with wall warts?! its just a cable. sound is more important. my gear is in the rack, the power cable gets touched once when installing and thats it! so i really dont care if its wall wart or an atomic cable.
Well if you end up with say seven things with a wall wart, it becomes a bit of a hassle to plug everything in. I hear ya though. It's not that big of a deal and you can get those little short extension cords to deal with it.
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whats everybodies problem with wall warts?! its just a cable. sound is more important. my gear is in the rack, the power cable gets touched once when installing and thats it! so i really dont care if its wall wart or an atomic cable.
If it gets you a good piece of gear for a good price than great, I even own some but Im certainly not a fan of the wallwart and line lump power supplies..

1. The connectors on devices that use wallwart are often crap. Its common that in budget gear, and some of it can even cost several hundred bucks that the power connector is a wimpy futzy thing that barely hangs on and only gets worse as the piece grows older.

2. A good wallwart for something like a micpreamp is quite heavy and needs to be well secured if it lives in a rack with the gear. If you move your stuff around regularly or even one unlucky time you may have a heavy wallwart crashing around inside your rack or you need to pull them and transport seperately every time you move stuff which is also annoying.

3. You have to be careful of placement of wallwarts because many of them give off some pretty serious electro magnetic fields. My Golden Age micpreamp's wallwart can put noise into the signal if a mic cable is within a foot or so of it. Dynamic mics that dont have humbucking coils can also pick up noise from it as much as two feet away!

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