So what's all the fuzz about these latest amps?
TC electronics, Hartke, Bugera, even Behringer???
They're basically all the same engine, with different covers, save for the older Behringer.
The luxury Sedan would be the TC electronics, which ups the ante by offering an advanced digital preamp, with hundreds of settings,and saving presets.
The Hartke, not so sure. It's very basic and really sounding well and tuned for working with their newest hydrive cabs, especially on the brights. Pair the Hartke with there regular ALU or paper cone drives, and it sounds pretty much like any other amp out there.
Bugera vs Behringer?
Well, it's basically the same company, but 2 different beasts.
The Behringer sounds a lot better, thanks to a much more advanced, and better chosen frequencies on the preamp, but is limited in peak power draw.
The Bugera has round about the same wall power draw, of avg 27W idle VS 20W on the Behringer, and 80W on the AC continuous (which is the same for the Behringer).
I'm beginning to think it might be my cab?
Because it's pretty astonishing to find that the supposed 2000W peak amp, draws only UpTo 80W, with volume dial all open, and gain clipping.
The Bugera is popping the cone of my cab, while the Behringer isn't, yet both use about the same RMS Watts.
I guess I could draw lines, into saying that the Bugera is a slightly tuned Behringer, with slightly more low end punch, but similar low-mids to highs, and draws exactly the same power on the AC.
So if the TC electronics is compared to a luxury sedan, like a Lincoln or Mercedes, and Hartke a specific mid class car like a Hyundai Veloster, the Bugera might be a Porsche Carrera (Not a promised Veyron). And the Behringer an econo-car, leather seats and full option.
Get the Behringer for bedroom and small rehearsals.
The Bugera for most live settings.
The Hartke for if you have the Hartke hydrive cabs
The TC electronics if you're a professional, or an intellectual, and can understand the hundreds of options this amp offers. Besides, it's hard to make that TC sound bad!
Overall, the Bugera is a good amp, comparable to a solid state amp of similar cost, only a fraction of the weight, and looks good too.
Don't expect miracles, but unless you have Hartke Hydrive cabs, go with the Bugera amp.
Better looking, more options, same price.
Bugera Veyron Tube BV1001T
2,000 Watt, ultra compact, class D amplifier with tube preamp