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Most Transparent Sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Quap, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Quap


    Oct 14, 2008
    Austin, Texas
    What class D amp is providing the most transparent sound? Something that is the sound of the bass and not necessarily the amp.
  2. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    I can think of a couple:

    Bergantino B Amp
    Bergantino Forte
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  3. Stand alone Class D power amps should have a very flat response and low distortion which should translate into transparent.
    Perhaps what you seek is a pre-amp with flat response and no tone controls feeding a power amp. Then you can get away from the voicing that usually happens in the preamp section of a head.
  4. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    Power Amp ?
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  5. Power amp is all clean, all transparent. What you feed it, is what comes out...unless of course it's a tube power amp. Then you've got your bass with tube compression. But, Bugera's pre amp is very transparent also. All knobs up, almost un noticeably different than a direct box.
  6. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    My rig as of late..

  7. Eich and Tecamp Puma are often regarded/commented on as being transparent
  8. bassbooty

    bassbooty -Rey Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2006
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Bergantino. I've owned at least 20 amps (Eden (3), Glockenklang (2), Demeter, Aguilar (3), Mesa (3), Walter Woods, Ampeg, GK (3), TC Electronics, Fender, Peavey (3) and maybe a couple others) and the B|Amp and forte are far and away the most transparent. If the Bergs didn't exist, I'd probably be using my Mesa D800+.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2018
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  10. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    Acoustic Image are transparent.
  11. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
  12. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006
  13. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
  14. nilorius


    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Why would you need something like that ?
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    '+1' on Eich and Glockenklang.
    Those would be my short list if looking at conventional 'bass' amps.
  16. Cool! I have a MIC100 lying around of my own, as it happens.

    One question, though: why run the out of the MIC100 into a separate DI, instead of using the XLR out directly?
  17. I use a TC electronics 250 head. I play a Fender P bass with EMG pickups. Also a Ltd bass with active EQ. When I play the Ltd, the amp tone controls are set close to center. Also on the guitar. But when I play the fender P, the amp tone controls are set odd to get a decent sound. A p bass generally is not as clean of sound as a active EQ bass. I said all of that to say a clean sound starts with your guitar.
  18. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars

    I use the XLR to go to the power amp, plus I like having the ground lift if needed.
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  19. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    The thing a lot of Folks don’t like about class D amps is they’re “sterile”, which is another word for transparent.

    I’d avoid Fender class D’s - all the Rumbles have a tone stack in them, which colors the sound. Do you really want transparent? Like others here, I question if you really understand what you want.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2018
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