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Darkglass Compressors: Super Symmetry Vs Hyper Luminal

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by cartoon face, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. cartoon face

    cartoon face

    Jan 31, 2017
    Dorset, UK
    (Firstly, apologies if I’m duplicating a thread, I can’t find a direct comparison! )

    This’ll be my first compressor. I want to add one to my board and I like the things I hear about DG. I have a chance at a used mint Super Symmetry for £180 GBP or I can find the extra ( approx) £50 GBP and go for the new Hyper Luminal. I’m stuck what to do, I know either will be doggies whatsits but is the HL really worth the extra?? I’m not a pro, though I play in 2 gigging ( or will be again after Covid!) bands. I can stretch for the HL if it’s worth the extra, my philosophy now is I buy the very best gear I can afford. Buy cheap, buy twice etc etc. Anyone owned both? Maybe upgraded or stuck with their trusty SS? Look forward to your thoughts ! :)
  2. Ba55Man1ac

    Ba55Man1ac Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    The HL has the SS inbuilt plus 2 other compressor 'models'. If you love the SS sound, go for the SS, if you're curious about the others, save up the extra bickies. Personally I use the FET mode on the HL (Urei 1176-based), it adds a nice punch. The SS was a little dark for me.
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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Definitely get the Hyper Luminal. It covers everything the Super Symmetry does, plus a TON more. Plus it's half the size.
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  4. geolikezik


    Mar 13, 2016
    Also the HL has side chain HPF on all its compressor models, should you realise that you need later on.
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  5. cartoon face

    cartoon face

    Jan 31, 2017
    Dorset, UK
    Seems like unanimous ‘sound’ advice to squeeze the extra from my account and go for the HL... It’s all I want and more so it’ll meet my needs today and going forward(. Not a cheap but guess you get what you pay for) Looking at around £235 GBP. None about on the used market, that speaks volumes in itself.

    Tbh I think £180 for the SS is a little steep when they’re still available for just over £200 here new but he won’t take less.
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