Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012
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Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012

Portico 5012, Solid-State Pre-amp from Rupert Neve Designs in the Portico series.

Bear2Beer 05/02/2012

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5012 : Bear2Beer's user review

«  diamonds on an oak tray »
5

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Characteristics for, thank you refer to previous opinions.

UTILIZATION

This is the best damn preamp I could have in the fingers; bearings with a 6db attenuator / boost in the same range, there is nothing more intuitive to find the optimal gain.
The music is cut down.
Function silk, although discreet seems essential to me to give a more musical in its decision.

SOUND QUALITY

Indeed, this preamp is so clean and balanced, it would almost be "utility" (voice, stereo jacks, etc ...), but with a strong tendency to make anything fancy. Engage silk, and there, without being able to touch why, but it's paradise ... Is placebo, given the low dose of harmonics that it brings? actually I prefer to keep the magic of the small blue button velvet lining your source. I spoke with diamonds, because they provide us with the sound of a neve luxurious, and oak because of its appearance reminds me of the sound character of oak cabinetry, a sense of stature, strength and elegance. So colorful, yes it is but where you need to feel that he is not. He pulls the other up.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a year.
I had the opportunity to work with the old Neve, the AU, the SSL ...

What I like least is the format a little silly, and the somewhat ... of the beast, although it is a reflection of its sound: gorgeous, delicate and robust. Both female and male, a little ... well, you get.

It inspires confidence, we feel that we are dealing here with a new classic.

If it all over again, I would buy a rack of 8!

The value for money is very good.