Klark Teknik KT-1176 & EQP-KT

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  1. chlorinemist

    chlorinemist Member

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    Anybody heard about these? Reportedly extremely high quality Urei 1176 and Pultec EQ clones for the market-crushing low price of $300 and $425 respectively. Courtesy of Klark Teknik (aka Behringer). Consensus seems to be that they are the real deal (sonically-speaking; the circuits are not the same as originals).

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    Been looking around for a nice upgrade to replace my DBX 160x. I was considering a FEA Labs Opti-FET to save rack space, but $425 for an 1176 is a hard deal to ignore...
     
  2. italo de angelis

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    I can't speak for current "Klark Teknik" production... but it *used* to be good stuff.
    The question puzzling me... how can something be the real deal if the circuits are not the same as originals?
    THAT would be condition #1, particularly in any analog technology!
     
  3. chlorinemist

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    They are the real deal, as in, they are indistinguishable from the originals in blind listening tests. At least according to virtually every user report so far. But their Pultec only has two tubes rather than 5 or 6 like the original. Many people have reported selling their multi-thousand dollar pultec and 1176 recreations after trying the KT clones.

    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-...1118853-new-klark-teknik-1176-compressor.html
    https://www.gearslutz.com/board/so-...1120937-klark-teknik-pultec-clone-eqp-kt.html
     
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    italo de angelis Member

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    Depends on how much you trust other people's ears vs. yours.
     
  5. chlorinemist

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    Given the reports, and price, seems to me like I'd be a fool not to get one in my studio and try for myself. :) Even if the Pultec is only 90% of the original, it seems hard to imagine it wouldnt be substantially better than any of the $300 EQ pedals that I had been previously considering.

    Same with the 1176... anything "close" to an 1176 should definitely be able to provide, at the *very* least, a substantial compressor with many features my DBX 160 is lacking. Probably won't totally replace the DBX, since they are very different + unique comp types, but definitely seems like it ought to be a substantial upgrade to my rig. I'd been looking at 1176-esque pedals like the Origin Cali76 comps, but they go for the same price as KT's full-size, full-blown 1176, complete with input and output transformers. The Cali76 pedals are transformerless (except for the discontinued TX models, which go for double the price of the KT-1176) and consensus seems to be that they exhibit 1176's compression behavior but not it's character due to this omission.

    I'll be sure to report back with demos once I pull the trigger on one of them
     
  6. tucsonsound

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    I haven't seen a rash of Pultecs hitting the market after the price cut on the EQP-KT, but it does handle the same duties well. The design is new, but the inductor-based passive EQ with tube make-up gain principles are the same. The low end EQ curves are spot on for a Pultec design, the additional frequencies on the high band have modified the boost curves a bit in the high mids, so that's different. I played around with the EQP-KTs on a rough mix right after getting them in:

     
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  7. Jakeboy

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    Sorry to resurrect...I have an EQP-kt and just ordered a kt-76 yesterday. I’d like to put in some old glass in the eqp..,has anyone done that?
    Any sonic difference?

    Does anyone know which size Allen wrench removes the cover on the Eqp?

    Thanks!
     
  8. Jakeboy

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    The EQP takes a T-9 bit to get the case open. Looks very well done inside.

    My KT76 arrived and I love it. Have tracked a lot with it already and I am digging it. Much better than the plugs I have used.
     
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  9. Kronos147

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    You are using it balanced and with a recording setup?
     

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