SWR vs Eden Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Shumph, Dec 9, 2001.

  1. Shumph


    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    I know this is going to be hell but. . .

    I am getting a new combo amp. I have heard alot of good things about the eden metro and the swr redhead. I have not been able to try either. The only combos near me that I have found are lower end. Anyway I am asking for opinions and comparisons on these two combos before I order one (hopefully from Gard)

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'd say it's a toss-up. I like Eden gear in general, but I've played a Super Redhead, and may have even preferred it over the Metro. I think the Metro will put out more power than The Redhead when an extension cab is added ... 600 watts vs. 450 for the SWR. You're gonna do fine either way.
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Shumph, I own a Metro. You can't go wrong with either one.

    The Metro is louder, and has a little more versatility with the choice of solid state pre or tube, and the semiparametric tone controls, but I like the tone of the Super Redhead a little more.
  4. ...someone call me??? ;)

    Shumph, why not just drive over and audition them both?? :D They are sitting on the floor next to each other at BC. No better way to decide than for you to actually A/B them with your bass, ears, and hands. Making a decision like this, I'd say it's worth the drive time involved. What's a couple hours of driving versus years of playing through the RIGHT amp? PM me and let me know if you decide to stop by, ok?
  5. DaveB


    Mar 29, 2000
    Toronto Ontario
    I'm with the other guys - it's hard to make a bad choice on this one. Both are terrific combos. I would go with the Eden only because I'm an Eden guy and generally prefer Eden tone to SWR...but that's me.
  6. lowfreqman


    Aug 18, 2001
    behind a bass
    I like the Metro. It is louder (has the potential to go to [email protected]), it has two preamps (one tube and one solid state) that you can use a footswitch (included in the package) to switch between the preamps on the fly (the Redhead does not have this feature), each preamp in the Metro has its own effects loop, and the Metro has a deeper bass response IMO.

    Yet, this is only the result of my research. Your ears will be your best tools in deciding which combo you will decide to buy. Try them out if you can.
  7. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I would add that both are excellent representatives of their brand. If you like SWR's pro line, you'll probably like the redhead. Same of the Metro. As mentioned, both are excellent.

  8. I talked to a guy yesterday that said he's had nothing but trouble from his Redhead (the amp). I don't claim to know anything about either of them personally.

    I prefer blondes anyway.....
  9. geoffzilla


    Oct 30, 2001
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fender
    I went through the same process about 6 mos. ago. I ended up with a pair of eden 210XLTs and a head, but I digress. I found that the redhead was a little too "sterile" for my tastes. Don't ask me to explain it technically. I really don't think I can. The eden had a bit more growl and beef than the redhead (again, IMO). They both kicked major butt though. I agree with Mark in that they represent their product lines well. If you can't try the combos, at least compare SWR and Eden gear.
  10. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    i, personally would go with the redhead. i like the tone a little better but the eden is also very nice. i would definately go and A/B the two before i buy one. i have a silverado special which i would recommend giving a try as well.

    its up to you man. give em a try.
  11. Shumph


    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    OK I ended up buying the metro. I went to bass central and tried it and liked it. And yes Gard you are right it does sound better when you turn it up :)

    I just played it at my house for a few hours and must say I really like it. Only thing is it smells real bad (I think its the glue or something--the build date is literally last week). The tone sounds so much better than what I was using. I think my practice time will be going up (I need it badly).

    BTW as usual Gard and everyone at Bass Central were very helpfull. They always are very friendly and answer all my questions honestly. I highly recomend doing business with them.


  12. Hey S -

    Don't be so darn shy in the shop, you really should have A/B'd both amps cranked up. Trust me, you got nothin' to be embarassed about, you should hear some of the guys that come in loud & proud! :eek: ;) Glad you're happy with your choice, I'm seriously considering the Metro as an option myself.

    As for the smell, yeah, that's the glue. Once it's been out of the box for a few weeks, it'll mellow out. The more fresh air you can expose it to (lucky for us the weather in FL is really nice for open windows right now) the faster that nasty formaldahyde kinda smell will go away.

    Glad you had a good experience at the shop again, we do our best to get people hooked up with the gear they want, not what we want them to get. Next time though, try not to beat me up so bad, ok??? I'm gonna be bruised for a week after the deal you got out of us!!! ;)
  13. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000

    ;) :D
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Pick that one up at GC, Gard? ;)