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whats different black vs. silver (1176)

Discussion in 'Compressors / Limiters (analog)' started by kingsley, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. kingsley

    kingsley Guest

    I would love some feedback on whats the difference between the silverface LN and the blackface LN ( 1176). Their seems to be a higher price on the blackface. Do they sound different? Why do most people prefer the blackface? Lastly would the blackface be a better investment?
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I may be wrong but I believe the silver LN doesnt have an input transformer thus giving it a less *fullness* in tone. I definately prefer the sound of the black face. Just my opinion.

    now if you can find an original 1176!!! those rock!
  3. Bryson

    Bryson Guest

    Yeah, the silver LN used a 5532 (there's a candidate for a swap) ic for the differential input instead of a xfrmr. The silver, as well as the later F series black face units, had a push-pull class AB output stage, whereas the older black face, and the silver "Blue stripe"(non LN) units, were class A. So you'll also find a difference in sound between blackface units of different vintage. I prefer the older class A units, they just sound more rock n' roll to me, while the newer ones sound kinda smooth jazz (don't ask me what the ^#$% I meant by that).

    Now for the experts..........


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