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NAD!! Aguilar DB680! Video comparison of DB680 and JGR

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by JGR, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member

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    So Sliderbass came up here a few weeks ago to check out my preamp, and brought some killer gear with him - a LDS nEarful, a beautiful Sadowsky and John K custom, - and a DB680. We were finished and were packing up when I realized we hadn't tried the 680... it would have been a lot less expensive for me had I not bothered to try out Frank's unit before he left. This was the first time I had the pleasure of playing though one; they were too pricey for me when they were still in production, and I honestly never paid too much attention to them, because I never thought of them as being well suited for rock tones based on the general reviews and feedback I had seen.

    Well, as many of you already know, the DB680 is an extremely versatile piece of equipment, and I was immediately impressed upon plugging in. If you have a good bass and cab, and pair this baby with a good power amp, you are pretty much good to go! My basses are all passive and have SD "hot" P and J pickups, which are pretty high output, and have a strong midrange. They give me pretty much instant rock tone through any amp with a somewhat "flat" voicing. I've found that the DB680 is capable of producing a killer rock tone - I like everything flat with the bright switch engaged. I've also got great results with the low boost in the "+" position, the high mid set to around 1.8kHz, 2 o'clock, and Q at noon, and the low mid set to 180Hz, same other settings as high mid. Plenty of clear grindy, growly tube warmth.

    I shot a video the 680 A/B'd with my own preamp for comparison, just to give folks a sort of reference point. With everything set flat on both preamps, I'd say the tone is more similar than different. My preamp has a lot more gain available - in the video, both pre's have the gain set at noon - my pre is dirtier, but not in an obvious way since a lot of it is focused in the midrange. The gain voicing gives my pre a bit of a brighter/edgier/aggressive quality, with thicker mids and low mids. This isn't meant to be a knock on the Aguilar or an advertisement for my preamp - the Aguilar is KILLER - so much so that I actually acquired two of them!

    Anyway, here is a quick video comparing both, with all of their EQ flat and gain set at noon.

    ‪DB680 and JGR comparison.MOV‬‏ - YouTube
  2. Dethrats

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    :O
    i had to turn my volume ALL the way up to hear you talk (which BTW, you have a deep voice). and when the bass came in, BAM! my socks were literally rocked off.
  3. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member

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    Sorry bout that! The "auto" setting on the camera gives a nasty spike when you go from soft to loud, so I just leave it on the low gain setting which seems to give better results at high volumes. Believe it or not, allergies have wiped out a lot of the low end in my voice over the last couple of years, so it could be worse! ;)

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