mpariente 12/09/2013

Fishman SoloAmp : mpariente's user review


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Circumstances: I wanted to change her and avoid wearing heavy bass subwoofer. I was very pleased with NM250 home Montarbo and SA112 box. But the 24 kg box and son everywhere, pissed!
For some time, we saw the flower market system line array: Collins, found in France, Bose, but the sound is too "loudness" for my taste, MAUI, but the box is more than 20kg and SoloAmp Fishman.
I had a lot of concerts to perform in August and so I went to my local music store to Besançon to control the thing. Well in August, the importer is on vacation! No way to get a SoloAmp! Besides these importers should stop making fun of the world, but that's another debate.
So I ordered from thotho and the amp was home three days later. All specifications on the manufacturer's website.


What strikes unpacking, this is the first case, which seems very solid. The speaker stand, very stable, also to look like a rock-solid, even if plastoc. And when we introduced the speaker on the stand, it feels like a cushioning hope: it is very well done. The weight is really the scope of a weakling, it starts on the foot and it is very easily removed. Fishman claims that its system can be assembled and disassembled in 10 minutes: I would rather say five minutes without rushing.
There is no manual, but is it necessary? Everything is on the box.
The machine is very complete: two channels with gain, three-band EQ, low cut,-10dB pad, to, monitor, reverb, everything that you need for vocals and acoustic guitar. At the back, I plug in an MP3 player to and I can also connect at the same time monitor the electric guitar through the SpinDoctor T-Rex. In short, lots of connections. The output to a tuner is anecdotal: I would have preferred a small built-in tuner.
I first did a test in the open air with about twenty people. The SoloAmp is simply a killer! Ample power to half volume and a huge sound acoustic guitar (Gibson Blues King). The guitar does not catch and especially the bass response is amazing. I tested several microphones for singing: a SM58, far from being ridiculous, a Neumann KMS 105 and a Shure Beta 87A. There is not much difference between these two, but the Beta 87A has a tendency to hang the least feedback.


SoloAmp this is for me the ideal for small gigs and outdoor takes its full dimension room, piano bar etc.. One speaker is sufficient but not the stereo for MP3. Which saves time and fatigue compared to Montarbo! When the speaker is in the bag, you can hang the amp with two very large wheels. 20 kg with cover and foot, but happiness! And 11 kg, the enclosure can be handled without problem: a girl of 12 years could install the amp on the foot.
Summary of gear used: Shure BETA87A, Gibson Blues King or Advanced Jumbo, MP3 player and Roland T-Rex Spin Doctor with PRS Santana II. The cables used are Vovox.
Level effects, there are only three positions reverb and a contraption that vaguely resembles the delay. It's not great but very adequate.


Will I do it again this choice? OF COURSE, and I even bought a second one, b-stock this time. Can connect two soloamps directly, for example if you play two. Well, it's not terrible and difficult to resolve. So I added a small digital mixer, Edirol M10DX and in this config, it becomes monstrous huge bass, accurate mids and slightly aggressive treble. I hear in the MP3 of the things I did not hear before. Small room: one SoloAmp. Large room or outdoors, both soloamps. The amp has no competition either this is much more expensive, or it's much heavier.
One small snag in tiny, it says "assembled in china". With parts that come from where? of North Korea? In Indonesia? Finally, the main thing is that it works and it's pretty reliable air.