Warmest peamp/ amp head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RS, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Which amp or preamp has the warmest sound (with out being absurdly muddy)? Demeter? Alembic? Kern, Ashdown? other?
  2. Aguilars can get nice and fat with the "Deep" switch turned on. They're not excessively warm, but they add a nice tube texture without coloring the sound too much or becoming slow or ponderous.
  3. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    just read the Kern thread I started. its says alot.
  4. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member

    Kern/Demeter/Aguilar pre

    Aguilar DB 728 Tube power amp.

    There is nothing like having BIG TUBE power! :D
  5. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'd put the SWR IOD along with those other preamps - if you want the all tube sound without a tube poweramp, this is the thing you need. It's the only one with a tube powersection built in.

    If you can pony up the dough for a tube poweramp though, go all aguilar!

  6. I liked my demeter. For a very clean sound. In my recent playing I would go aguilar A diferent sound, slightly warmer, maybe
  7. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
  8. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    I'd also add that with an Eden EQed just right, you can get plenty warmth.
  9. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
  10. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    LOL @ joker! :D

    What is "warmth" to you anyway? Without having a definition specifically of what it is, I would say that a question such as this is almost like "Which is the best bass?".

    I think recording engineers refer to "warmth" as a certain amount of mild distortion and compression, with the amount of bass frequencies having little to do with it. What is warmth to you?