UREI LA-4

Description

These LA-4As are being refurbished. Photos and updated details to follow


Recapped with premium Panasonic & Vishay axial capacitors. Tested & working 100%. Switched to 220 V for the UK / EU and supplied with new UK power plug. Power plugs for other countries available on request

Supplied with new pigtail loom made with Mogami cable & Neutrik XLRs

Photos show the compressor for sale. This is one of a pair to be listed


The LA-4 is one of the UREI legends. Unlike the FET-based 1176, it’s an opto compressor with a relatively slow attack & release. Overlooked for years, the LA-4 is now achieving collectible status

The LA-4 has an unbalanced input and a transformer-balanced output. Gain reduction is via a Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) which is paired with an LED driven by the sidechain. The result is very linear, distortion-free compression with dynamics typical of an opto device – relatively slow time constants and correspondingly warm & likeable compression. It has a character very different to the 1176 but, like other models in the UREI range, it’s infinitely useable and appealing

 

 

Standard 2U rackmount compressor. Switchable 110 / 220 Volts. Power input via captive power cable & new UK power plug. Input & output on barrier strip. Supplied with new pigtail loom with Neutrik XLRs and Mogami cable
Vintage King Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oJx5G736vo   Compression Obsession article on Universal Audio compressors http://www.uaudio.com/webzine/2003/november/text/content4.html     Video review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJe3Kg4ZnVM