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Preamps and 3D sound

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mindwell, Mar 11, 2013.


  1. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    What preamps, tube or ss, would users describe as providing a "three-dimensional sound?"
     
  2. Define this first:

    What does that mean? :crying:
     
  3. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    "3D Sound:"
    That means you can hear in front of you, and to the left and the right.
    But: not behind you, or, from above or below: that would be 6D.

    :D

    I'd vote Aguilar DB680. I love that thing.
     
  4. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    I'd sign on to that definition. But since I just formulated my own version ;), here what I would add to describe 3D: detailed, with the ability to hear different frequencies clearly defined; having a good aural 'soundstage,' in which musical notes are presented distinctly and with depth. This tonal feature is what I like, for example, about my 1970 Blueline SVT and Alembic F-1X, and what I didn't like about my Markbass F1, SWR Electric Blue, or Yamaha PB-1.
     
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I also like the Mesa Walkabout for that sort of thing, but, it's not a preamp.
    Yeah, the Alembic is nice. Much smaller and lighter than the DB680.
     
  6. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    I went back-and-forth over whether to confine the discussion to preamps, but I'm open to hearing about integrated heads that fit the above definitions.
     
  7. funnyfingers

    funnyfingers

    Nov 27, 2005

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