The PRE-573 MKII is a one width 500 rack format module that has the sound and the features that made the PRE-73 so successful - and a few additional ones.
The circuit still uses the preamp and output section from the classic 1073-module, adapted to work in the 500 rack format. It has a total gain range from -10 to +80 dB. The 20 – 70 dB range is handled by a turn switch and there is a separate toggle switch to select an additional 5 or 10 dB gain. The input can be configured to accept line level signals by another switch, the gain is then lowered by about 30 dB and the input impedance increased to about 10 kohm.
The input impedance of the mic input mode can be switched between 1200 and 300 ohm. Phantom power and phase reverse is also selectable by front panel switches.
An added feature, using the same circuit as in the PRE-73 DLX, is the active DI-input with a high input impedance of about 1,5 Mohm. The output signal from the active DI circuit passes through the input transformer for some extra character.
The DI-input is very flexible since it can be changed to a purely passive one by a front panel switch. The DI input is then exactly the same as in the PRE-73 MKII/III where the signal is fed directly into the second gain stage, bypassing the transformer and with an input impedance of about 100 kohm.
The two DI-options makes it possible to get different tones from electric instruments and the passive DI input mode is more suited for injecting active units like sound modules.
A new feature is the switchable AIR mode that adds a boost above 10 kHz with a peak of 6 dB at about 30 kHz.
A simple but effective signal and overload indicator is offered by a single LED that starts glowing red at about +4 dBu and then increases its intensity up to the maximum output level.
The PRE-573 MKII has a dedicated insert connector at the back allowing it to interface with other GAP 500 modules, like the EQ-573. The insert is activated by removing a jumper connector at the back of the module.
The PRE-573 MKII and the EQ-573 together will offer a fully fledged 1073-unit in a compact format at a very low cost.
There is a second jumper at the back of the module that selects 600 ohm termination on the output. The standard mode is termination on, since it gives the flattest response when the PRE-573 MKII is used with modern line inputs that typically has an input impedance of 10 kohm or more. The user can chose to remove the jumper and deactivate the termination resistor, this will increase the level above 10 kHz and create a peak in the response for an even more pronounced “Air” effect.
The output is transformer balanced and fully floating and can drive a 600 ohm load up to level of about 28 dBu.
The difference between the PRE-573 MKI and MKII is the following changes made in the MKII:
- Soft start circuit that slowly increases the current draw.
- Revised power supply with lower noise.
- Increased AIR boost to 6 dB.
- Revised GAIN switch.
- Fully balanced Line input pad.