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Ampeg/SWR ??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Joseph Sheldon, Jul 27, 2003.


  1. About to move up to something that will power my SVT 6/10 cleaner and with alot of head room. I am wondering if anyone has some experiance with the sound quality and reliability of these two companies? I'm thinking of getting a new B4R or an SWR 750x. The things that are most important to me are pure clean punchy power and alot of it. I just want one head to put in my rack to replace my Mesa m-pulse 360 thats a little under powered for my cab. To get what I think my cab is cappable of I feel I drive the Mesa into to mutch saturation and she sounds dirty. I'm selling her or trading her in on one of these amps mentioned above. Don't want soft mushy tone I want It to hit like a hammer, sort of crystal clear but possibly bruse your kidneys if you stand to close durring a low B. Would dig hearing from you guys.
     
  2. get a pre amp and a power amp like a K series Crown with a alembic pre amp or my taste would be towards a Ampeg pre. But then again I get killer volume and sound from my SVT-3 and 6x10.
     
  3. iplaybass

    iplaybass Guest

    Feb 13, 2000
    Germantown, TN
    Crystal clear? You want SWR. How about a nice 550x? That'll be quite a bit of power for your 6x10, or you could even move up to a 750. Either way, I think that SWR sounds like what you are looking for. They are quite clear and well defined, not mushy at all. And yes, either of those will definately reroute your nephrons.
     
  4. For good clean punch from a head, I'd take the SWR 750 over the Ampeg.
     
  5. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    This is something you need to decide for yourself, by doing an A/B comparison. The SWR is definitely going to be cleaner, but it may or may not be what your ears will like.

    Many refer to the SWR sound as "brittle", or "sterile". As an SWR owner, this used to anger me to no end! Since I am now an Eden user, man do I ever see their point now. It's not nescessarily bad, but it is a sound you will either love, or hate.
     
  6. I like the sound in my SWR LA15, but my friend (obsolex) just got a new cab and once he gets the head (I think its an Ampeg SVT3 Pro), I'ma go try it out, and I'll let you know how I think of the SWR sound then.
     
  7. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    I think Ampeg and SWR are a lot alike, in that they seem to be 'hit or miss' as far as whether or not a particular person likes them. SWR definitely seems (to me, anyway) to be a lot punchier, almost more airy in its sound. Ampegs I think are a bit warmer (again, in my opinion) with a bit more bass, but a bit lacking in the highs with good sharp punch. Of course, the best way to tell is side-by-side comparison (no doubt, the single piece of most frustrating advice one can receive), but based on your input, it seems like you're a candidate for SWR.
     
  8. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    You're comparing apples to oranges pal. LA series is the entry series SWR, which is nothing similar to the pro series gear, like the SVT3pro is to ampeg.
     

  9. So in other words I'm more likely going to like the sound of my friend's new amp more than the SWR LA?
     
  10. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    ooh yeah. (i forced him to get the svt 3 pro)
     
  11. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Spending my 1000th post on this....

    I'm just saying you are comparing SWR's entry level amps to one of the flagship model Ampegs, which isn't going to be a fair, or accurate comparison.

    This is like comparing chevrolet by using a cavalier, to dodge by using a Viper.
     
  12. Oh...guess I wont give you an opinion than...too much of a diff to really have it matter. Ok...thanks for informing me on that...I dont know a WHOLE lot about amps, but that just expanded my knowledge.
     
  13. I have An Ampeg SVT 350 head and Ampeg SVT 8x10 and it sounds great it has mad low end and for that low b and it has a very very bright punchy sound for slap or playing higher notes its awesome as hell:bassist: