Post Number: 9
|Posted on Friday, February 25, 2005 - 8:59 pm: |
I bought an f2b off of ebay to start building my rack system. Will it compare tonally with an f1x? should I have bought that instead?
peavy stereo power amp (temporary)
hartke 410xl cab
custom made 4x8 subwoofer cab (JL car audio speakers in custom designed box)
I just discovered that the f2b does not have a crossover and i got worried.
Post Number: 13
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 4:04 am: |
buy a cheap cross over then....
the FIX crossover is very good and has a wide range. But if you are using rubber surround woofers, you might want to get the cross over as low as the 4X 10 can go, say 75Hz. Too high a crossover point (your car audio subs don't really go abbove 250hz anyway) and the rubber surround speakers have to do more work and may not return as quickly after excursions - this often results in an audible lag. This is particularly crucial if you are looking to play percussive styles, e.g. slap bass, or if you are looking to get a growly sound.
Post Number: 1433
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 4:40 am: |
I don't have an F-2B, but I think the answer is that the circuitry is the same and that therefore tonally they are the same.
Post Number: 55
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 11:33 am: |
They are actually quite different in that the F2B is an all tube signal path and the F1X uses the tube as a buffer for the input and for the FX loop return. The rest of the gain is all solid state. They have a similar tone control setup. I find that the sounds are different, both really good, but different. As far as which one you want to use, well, I say hold out for both and then use the one that works the best for each situation. There is no better.
Post Number: 103
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 1:01 pm: |
On a side note I could mention a person who had played tons of different Alembic gear in his life and he once told me (in his opinion) the F-2b sounds much better. Of course this is a very personal view. Personally, I swapped my F-2b for an F1-x recently because I hardly ever used the two channels and I liked the idea about the DI and the crossover.
The F2b is a great amp. Be proud, not worried.
Post Number: 379
|Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 1:19 pm: |
Edwin, thanks for that - its the clearest statement of the difference in signal paths that I've read - although on rereading the material on the web site it is all there. (And I've been telling customers the signal paths were the same - d'oh.)
Post Number: 1434
|Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 5:34 am: |
Thanks Edwin! Like David, I've been assuming they were the same. And I too went back and reread the web site info. So, I've learned something new today!