Post Number: 326
|Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 8:16 pm: |
Does anybody have experience with this preamp? I picked one up for $150 just for something different to play with. Anybody like it? Anybody hate it?
Post Number: 4742
|Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 6:48 am: |
I have their Acoustimax preamp for acoustic instruments. I love it. It also has their famous Sonic Maximzer included in the unit.
Post Number: 2532
|Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 7:39 am: |
I have heard good things about the tube version, though less interest in the non-tube. Everything has a color and everyone has an ear. It's a rare item in the market that doesn't have some usable tones in it. If you have it, give it a whirl. Toss any preconceptions out the window and give all the knobs a thorough spin, you may find something interesting.
Post Number: 327
|Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 9:13 am: |
Leaving the F1-X aside, to my ears, I can't tell that much difference between a solid state amp and an amp with a 12AX7 tube in the preamp. With the F1-X I can hear a big difference with a different brand tube. Everything else? Not so much.
Post Number: 19
|Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6:12 pm: |
A a general review, it's a good quality mid-line pre-amp; with the added clarity of the BBE circuit...The compressor function on it is very adequate, though it does not rise to the level of a DBX 160A...The gain structuring is very good...but the unit itself can be noisy in non-filtered power situations.
Overall; I would not be ashamed to fire it up on stage at all. The Tube version; (BMax-T) is warmer in tonality, nothing more.
Post Number: 1264
|Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 7:37 pm: |
I use the non-tube version in rehearsal and have occasionally taken it to a gig when I've had problems in my stage rig. It doesn't give me the sound I like in my main rig, but having heard a couple other players playing through it (we were responsible for providing the backline for a benefit), I'd say it sounded pretty good out front. A bargain for $150.