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clearest, cleanest, most sparkling amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by emielow, Aug 2, 2005.


  1. emielow

    emielow

    Jan 18, 2004
    what is in your opinion the most clear, clean, sparkling, well defined amp?

    what amp will reflect the vibrations of your string the best?

    no sounds you don't want to hear, just the perfect reproduction of your clear sounding bass...
     
  2. emielow

    emielow

    Jan 18, 2004
  3. I know that SWR amps are pretty hi-fi, not sure about who else doesnt colour that much
     
  4. EBS and Glockenclang the highest of the hi-fi if I'm not mistaken. Expensive too.
     
  5. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    any amp will quailify after a few runs thru the local car wash.

    just don't forget to spring for the wax and polish treatments.

    ;)
     
  6. r379

    r379

    Jul 28, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    r379 covers his mouth and trys to contain laughter.
     
  7. Clearest and cleanest I've ever played through was a Euphonic Audio iamp through a Euphonic Audio VL-210

    Too clean for my tastes, so I switched to a Aguialr DB750 head.

    Just my $.02
     
  8. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    sounds like they're going direct straight to the board. in which case, an Avalon U5 into your power amp of choice with an uncolored cab like an Accugroove or Acme will do.

    course, for a regular rig, you can try:

    - Epifani UL502, Quest II preamp
    - EA iAMP-500, 800
    - Walter Woods head
     
  9. Steve

    Steve

    Aug 10, 2001
    What he said......
     
  10. konfishily

    konfishily

    Jan 24, 2004
    Brooklyn, NY
    wow, this question is not biased at all.

    everyone is going to have a different opinion on this
     
  11. Jugghaid

    Jugghaid

    Jun 28, 2002
    Denver, CO, USA
    Glockenklang. It's the reason many european luthiers use them for reference amps. There's a reason for it.

    I had a HeartCore for about a year and it is a super clean amp. Way more transparent than an EA Iamp or any of the other dozens of amps I've owned.
     
  12. WOW, Best sound I ever heard!
     
  13. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    I've played both and would totally disagree with that statement. In fact I found the Glock to be very colored.

    Mike
     
  14. IMO both Eden and SWR are coloured. EBS is pretty flat though... Eden is more tube coloured i guess is the best way to describe it...(warm).
     
  15. I find SWR, Eden and EBS to be very colored. I use a Euphonic head and cab, and it is very clear. If you are going to play an EA though, you better have a good sounding bass, because it is going to reproduce exactly what your bass sounds like.
     
  16. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Good technique helps, too!
     
  17. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    There are a bunch of relatively neutral sounding amps out there - many of which have been mentioned above. I really like the highs on the Walter Woods Ultra. I've yet to find "clean and clear" done better than with a Millennia TD-1 in SS mode.
     
  18. hasbeen

    hasbeen Commercial User

    Sep 23, 2004
    Vice President, KMC Music. Warwick U.S. distribution
    I'd have to agree. We also had Bobby Vega testing amps in our booth at NAMM a couple of weeks ago. He said our amps are less colored than Glock.

    Anyway....hi-fi amps:
    EA
    EBS
    Epi
     
  19. vision

    vision It's all about the groove! Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    Ann Arbor, MI
    I would say ebs...the hd350 is very clean and clear. eden and swr can give you a really clean sound, but they are definitely more colored than the ebs. eden adds a little warmth to the tone and the swr sounds a bit scooped...
     
  20. I found SWR to be fairly uncoloured, but, i spose i was compairing it to an SVT, n i jus said it was "pretty" hi fi