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Summit Audio Pre/DI

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SoComSurfing, Nov 28, 2005.


  1. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    I did a search, and it didn't look like many people have had any thoughts on the Summit Audio gear. I'm fairly interested in trying out thier 2BA-221 preamp, and TD-100 direct box. Has anyone used these units? I've never had any experience with anything from Summit, but these two are 1/4 the price of the rest of Summit's gear. Any thoughts?
     
  2. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I have the TD-100, and I am quite pleased with it. I like the variable impedance input, and the adjustable output gain. With these two controls, I find that it makes for a good, clean preamp for either magnetic or piezo equipped basses. As a DI, it is straight forward, and sounds great. I think it's a really good unit for the money, and one of the excellent bargains out there, IMHO.

    Tom.
     
  3. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Thanks, Tom. From the searches, I think you're the only one who seems to have had experience with the TD100. Have you looked at the 2BA-221? That one interests me because I like the idea of mixing the solid state and tube stages, but don't know if it will work as a headphone amp, like the TD100 will, and I've been planning on picking up a good headphone amp to practice with. Ever run vocals or anything other than bass through the TD100? I'm looking for something versatile to do a little recording with, as well.
     
  4. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Try some of the home audio recording forums. I think that some of the guys over at the Digidesign User Conference (DUC) have commented on the TD-100.

    Unfortunately, no.

    Tom.
     
  5. Jack

    Jack

    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    I believe TBer maxvalentino has a TD100. He mentioned it (but I dont think commented on it) in a thread in Effects called 'Favourite DI Box'. You may want to PM him. :)
     
  6. WalterBush

    WalterBush

    Feb 27, 2005
    Yuma, Az
    I use the TD-100 in my own studio fairly often. It's a good, solid unit that sounds great. The only reason I don't use it constantly for recording bass/guitar is that another studio I work in has a GT ViPre for me to go through :D


    I did have problems at some locations with hum going in my recording rig, since it's plugged into the wall. Removing the TD-100 solved the problem, but I have to say I'm not convinced it was the TD-100's fault--the wiring in both these locations was kinda fishy, and ground loops are difficult to track down.
     
  7. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Northville, MI
    Any updates on one of these? Are people still diggin it? What about vs an Avalon U5
     
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I just used my TD-100 with my IP322 the other day, and it sounded great. I can A/B it against the U5 this weekend at the "Great Gearfest GTG" at my house. :D
     
  9. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Northville, MI
    Tom Rules!
     
  10. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Northville, MI
    bump
     
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Soon, soon... :D
     
  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Okay, I just got done A/Bing the Summit TD-100 to the U5 into a Bergantino IP310. These two units are both excellent, and are within spitting distance of each other in terms of sound and features. Each has its own unique feature set, though (variable input impedance on the Summit, "speaker in" on the U5, etc.). Soundwise, the U5 sounds both a tad more open on the high end and a bit more cavernous on the lows. The Summit is not lacking in either highs or lows, but rather, it focuses more attention on its slightly more full, more complex midrange. This seems to be a common, or at least not uncommon, finding when A/Bing solid state and tube gear. Both sound great to my ears, and I'd say it's just a matter of personal preference. Of course, the Summit Audio costs a good bit less... ;)
     
  13. Yamarc

    Yamarc Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2002
    Northville, MI
    thanks for your reply Tom, as if you didn't already report on enough gear this weekend!