B173 Mic Pre


Introducing Black Lion Audio’s own Neve 1073-style microphone preamp, the B173! Don’t let the price tag fool you. This is not only a serious contender for the most “bang for your buck” preamp in existence, but sonically stands on its own at any price point. Our goal was to capture the essence of the original Neve 1073 at a price anyone can afford, and we’re proud to say that we’ve accomplished our goal!  Tape Op gave it a run, and couldn’t agree more.  Give the B173 a try and prepare to be blown away!

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Product Description

The B173 is Black Lion Audio’s homage to the highly revered Neve 1073 mic pre. The B173 is a single channel mic pre-amp with input and output transformers, stepped gain, output level control, phantom power, and phase. It features a DI, 80dB of gain, and is housed in a 1U, 1/2 rack chassis.

“The sound was as creamy and full as would be expected from a device based on a 1073… the B173 has ‘that sound’!” – Pete Weiss, Tape Op Magazine (full review here)


“Just wanted to thank you guys for a great product, i.e. the Black Lion B173! This half-rack monster is a straight up beast! It arrived last week and I used it on my first session today. This was a return client who is very familiar with my current mic-pre .i.e.Groove Tubes Vipre and a Peluso P12 microphone. I tried the B173 44db of gain and Output level set to 11 o’clock with the P12 and we all were blown away. I’ll pass this info along to my colleagues and my 4700 FB friends!” – Randy Seale, Reflective Productions And Recording



We extend a two (2) year warranty on ALL Black Lion Audio products. Should your BLA product experience any problems or failures during the warranty period, immediately contact us, and we will gladly correct the issue at no charge (excluding shipping).

We only accept returns within 15 days from when your Black Lion Audio product is delivered. Please note that due to the high demand and tight production schedule of our made-to-order products, we will charge a 15% restocking fee for any return of a BLA product for refund. In the event you desire to cancel your order after production of your item has begun (but has not yet been shipped), we only charge a cancellation fee of 5% of the received payment.

In either case, please allow approximately 3-4 weeks for your partial-refund to be processed.


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All domestic shipments are guaranteed for full replacement value when shipped on our account. We reserve the right to repair or replace the unit at our discretion. In the event that the unit is lost or must be replaced, payment/replacement will be made once Black Lion Audio is reimbursed by the shipping company. We will not be held liable for any lost wages, missed studio time, or uncollected compensation due to unit failures or shipping issues.

We will not be liable for shipping-related damage or failures on international orders, nor will we be liable for any lost international packages. Any and all shipping charges incurred due to brokerage charges, customs duties, tariffs, taxes and/or advancement fees will be the customer’s sole responsibility. We will not be held responsible for any such shipping charges, and if we are billed for any such fees, either the unit will not be returned until these fees are paid by the customer or we will simply charge the customer’s credit card that was used for the initial payment.

B173 Manual Screenshot