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NAD - Phil Jones D4

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cavemanbass, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. cavemanbass


    Nov 5, 2010
    Was able to get a decent deal on one of these thru GC. Beautifully crafted little amp, with a lot of nice touches - input mute, aux input with level control, headphone out. I bought this for jams with my acoustic band - very light percussion, two acoustic guitars that are plugged in but very moderate levels. We spent several days recording recently, so I brought the D4 along to check it out.

    I've read so many positive reviews of the D4 for such a musical situation, jazz gigs, and other acoustic settings. Sure I was skeptical about having just two 4" speakers, but there's that passive bass radiator...

    Well, apparently this amp works for a lot of folks, but definitely not for me. I compared it side-by with an Ampeg ba10 (10" speaker, 40 watts). The D4 has a great tone, but just doesn't get deep enough and loud enough. I was using the power supply btw, not a battery. When I turned up enough to get satisfying boodie from the little package, it started farting out on louder notes. This was not a loud setting; the little 40watt Ampeg had no trouble getting those sweet, low notes to support the other musicians.

    I ended up using the D4 together with the ba10, made for a real nice sound with lots of definition. I'm sure that I'll get some use out of it for practicing and maybe as a travel amp, but no way I would ever bring this to a gig except as a kind of midrange extension speaker if that was needed.

    Obviously YMMV, just offering my experience for anyone that is interested.
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  2. selowitch


    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I love mine for practice, rehearsals with my klezmer band, recording, and battery powered jams at the lake. It also works well as a guitar and keyboard amp. I get compliments all the time on the richness of its sound. It sure brings out the resonance of my Traveler TB-4P!

    It doesn't really work for rock band rehearsals or gigs, although I haven't tried it with the extension cab (PB-100).

    Sorry it didn't quite work out for you.

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