hi-end, great quality build and sound. from clean to saturated. always transparent and punchy. use it for microphones and instrument tracking (rhodes, guitars, eletric bass).
I never had a original 1073, so a can't compare. This puppy should be standard in every studio. It has that console colored cool sound, kinda Daft Punk, Air, Phoenix, french sexy music, etc. Its not transparent by any means, so i dont recomend to classical, neutral side of things. Great vor vintage guitars, and basses. I want buy the stereo version, for synths. But if you wants a stereo clean pre for synth, this is not the one. Get the SSL Vhd 4 channel.