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  • almost perfect

    Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 08/24/12 à 04:45
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    OVERALL OPINION

    All the pedals I had, this tri-ac is one of the best.
    The sounds are very convincing. The gain and tone controls are interactive and therefore provide a lot of possibilities.
    I want to say that this is the only pedal that I Tech21 has really enjoyed it.
    I never managed to get a decent sound with Sansamp Classic despite all the praise that can be found on the internet. The XXL either was not terrible.
    In short, this tri-ac can have 3 sounds quite acceptable emulation Marshall is perhaps a bit better than the Fender or Mesa.

    The only disadvantage that I found (and why I had to bring myself to sell the pedal) is that it......
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    UTILIZATION

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    SOUND QUALITY

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    OVERALL OPINION

    All the pedals I had, this tri-ac is one of the best.
    The sounds are very convincing. The gain and tone controls are interactive and therefore provide a lot of possibilities.
    I want to say that this is the only pedal that I Tech21 has really enjoyed it.
    I never managed to get a decent sound with Sansamp Classic despite all the praise that can be found on the internet. The XXL either was not terrible.
    In short, this tri-ac can have 3 sounds quite acceptable emulation Marshall is perhaps a bit better than the Fender or Mesa.

    The only disadvantage that I found (and why I had to bring myself to sell the pedal) is that it does not offer enough gain even with dual coils. Unable to make high-gain solos.
    Shame ...
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  • Tech 21 Sansamp TRI-A.C.

    Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 02/13/02 à 15:00
    I had the opportunity to test drive the TRI-A.C. at a local music store, but I did not have the cash to pay for it right away. When I returned to pick it up, "they" had already sold the only unit they had on hand. So, needless to say, I will be getting my TRI-A.C. ELSEWHERE...

    The TRI-A.C. is a programmable - 3 amp - preamp - stompbox.

    Sounds and tone:

    The amp selector switch toggles between Californian, British and Tweed amp emulations with corresponding color-coded LED’s - green for clean tweed sounds a la SRV, red for Marshal-esque sounds a la 70's rock, and orange for Mesa modern hi-gain sounds a la System of a Down, Korn, Slipknot, In Flames...they are all in there! The......
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    I had the opportunity to test drive the TRI-A.C. at a local music store, but I did not have the cash to pay for it right away. When I returned to pick it up, "they" had already sold the only unit they had on hand. So, needless to say, I will be getting my TRI-A.C. ELSEWHERE...

    The TRI-A.C. is a programmable - 3 amp - preamp - stompbox.

    Sounds and tone:

    The amp selector switch toggles between Californian, British and Tweed amp emulations with corresponding color-coded LED’s - green for clean tweed sounds a la SRV, red for Marshal-esque sounds a la 70's rock, and orange for Mesa modern hi-gain sounds a la System of a Down, Korn, Slipknot, In Flames...they are all in there! The factory preset Twin-style sound is clear and strikingly responsive to one’s playing dynamics. Very impressive...

    Also, of importance is the fact that the slightest adjustment of the tone controls results in a considerable change in tone and sounds. Go easy when experimenting. Don't rush anything. Knobs included on the TRI-A.C. are: drive (gain), bass, middle, treble and level.

    Ease of Use:

    Clicking on any chromed footswitch once activates the unit on and you get a bypass function as well. Tweak the tone controls to edit your sound and click the corresponding footswitch twice in rapid succession and the unit stores your new sound to that switch. Try the factory presets first and then if necessary, edit your sound. Experimentation has never been made easier.

    Some may find the sensitivity level of the tone control knobs too delicate for their fingers...

    Built to last forever. You can use batteries or a 9V adapter.

    If someone offered me the three cool valve amps that inspired the TRI-AC sounds for $200 I’d snap them up even if I knew they were stolen. Hell, I’d probably snap them up for 2000$! But if I did, I still wouldn't have the versatility and ease of use of the TRI-A.C. unit. The sounds offered by this unit are remarkably good. I will be using this unit as an effects pedal, like having an extra three channels for my combo amp, I will plug it directly into a mixing console to see what sounds I can get, I will use it as a recording tool and see how it performs in this capacity.

    This is the ideal effects pedal for expanding my amp's capabilities and achieving a “killer” metal sound.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Tech 21 Tri A.C.

    Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 01/30/02 à 15:00
    Purchased this from Musicians Friend for $149. This unit is the most satisfying analog guitar effect/amp emulator available out there. It sounds 100% tube with tons of even harmonic distortions and very clean Fender tones. I have the Tech 21 GT-2 but the GT-2 is thin sounding and lacking body whereas the Tri AC sounds fat able to isolate the body of each string or group of strings played.

    The Tri AC is able to emulate Fender, Marshall, and Boogies extremely well. While the GT2 is strictly for metal heads it cannot cut through like the Tri AC can. The Tri AC can command those single big notes as well as chords - Joe Walsh, Santana, and etc. It mates well with humbuckers.

    I prefer using......
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    Purchased this from Musicians Friend for $149. This unit is the most satisfying analog guitar effect/amp emulator available out there. It sounds 100% tube with tons of even harmonic distortions and very clean Fender tones. I have the Tech 21 GT-2 but the GT-2 is thin sounding and lacking body whereas the Tri AC sounds fat able to isolate the body of each string or group of strings played.

    The Tri AC is able to emulate Fender, Marshall, and Boogies extremely well. While the GT2 is strictly for metal heads it cannot cut through like the Tri AC can. The Tri AC can command those single big notes as well as chords - Joe Walsh, Santana, and etc. It mates well with humbuckers.

    I prefer using the Tri AC with a 9 volt battery as the AC adapters tend to introduce some AC noise if your electricity is not filtered.

    The Tri AC sounded raspy with no body for the first 48 hours as the capacitors were burning in, thereafter, it was tube heaven.

    Build quality is very good and it feels sturdy.

    The Tri AC is a good start with 3 tone banks +1 bypassed. It sounds or it can emulate tube amps extremely well. It is analog and this gives the warm singing harmonics as opposed to raspy digital effects. I challenge Tech 21 to come up with a similar product with 6 tone banks - 2 for each amp style at a reasonable price of course.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Big disappointment

    Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 03/05/12 à 01:13
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    What I was looking for a simple and efficient pedal, three sounds: like Fender clean, Marshall crunch types, such distortion Mesa / Boogie.

    The big point is that it is programmable. by a program switch.

    Solid construction.

    UTILIZATION

    Programming the pedal is very simple, turn the knobs to desired sound, you press a few seconds for the switch and it's saved. LEDs flash if one is following close or far from a setting records. Very easy to use.

    I used a Tech 21 Power Engine 60 Tech 21 as advocated by, but ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    Ca ... I was not convinced. But not at all. Clean fine, but impossible to have a good crunch or distortion: no body, very little gain. Almost as if I......
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    What I was looking for a simple and efficient pedal, three sounds: like Fender clean, Marshall crunch types, such distortion Mesa / Boogie.

    The big point is that it is programmable. by a program switch.

    Solid construction.

    UTILIZATION

    Programming the pedal is very simple, turn the knobs to desired sound, you press a few seconds for the switch and it's saved. LEDs flash if one is following close or far from a setting records. Very easy to use.

    I used a Tech 21 Power Engine 60 Tech 21 as advocated by, but ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    Ca ... I was not convinced. But not at all. Clean fine, but impossible to have a good crunch or distortion: no body, very little gain. Almost as if I had used a distortion pedal direct into the amp without preamp. Even print directly with a speaker simulator.

    It was better before an Axe FX with a full simulation of apli behind, but not silly ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    I dare hope that I received a defective pedal. It was really a pedal which suited me on paper for a small pedalboard simple and effective. I wanted to like it, but I did not have. Very bad.

    For the rest, quality construction, ease of use, it's solid.
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  • Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 11/24/03 à 00:41
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    3-channel guitar preamp simulator + HP form of floorboard.
    No numerical modeling here is the 100% analog (no lights either)

    Connectors:
    - 1 In / 1 out.
    - A 9V adapter jack (also runs on 9V battery)

    Settings:
    - A three-position selector on the type of amp (fender / marshall / mesa)
    - 1 knob of drive
    - An overall volume knob
    - Three EQ knobs (bass / mid / treble)

    It's simple, unpretentious.
    (May be missing an effects loop on or off according to preset: there would be a must)

    UTILIZATION

    The config could not be simpler:

    1 - on users press the switch the channel to be adjusted (3 available)
    2 - you choose the type of amp (see above)
    3 - as it sets the......
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    3-channel guitar preamp simulator + HP form of floorboard.
    No numerical modeling here is the 100% analog (no lights either)

    Connectors:
    - 1 In / 1 out.
    - A 9V adapter jack (also runs on 9V battery)

    Settings:
    - A three-position selector on the type of amp (fender / marshall / mesa)
    - 1 knob of drive
    - An overall volume knob
    - Three EQ knobs (bass / mid / treble)

    It's simple, unpretentious.
    (May be missing an effects loop on or off according to preset: there would be a must)

    UTILIZATION

    The config could not be simpler:

    1 - on users press the switch the channel to be adjusted (3 available)
    2 - you choose the type of amp (see above)
    3 - as it sets the knobs on an amp (drive, EQUAL three bands, volume)
    4 - on 'double click' on the switch ... sound is recorded on that channel.

    Repeat on the three channels and you've got three distinct sounds.

    SOUND QUALITY

    For connoisseurs and lovers of SansAmp GT2, you will not be disappointed:

    - We find the quality of the latter. The type of grain is imitated either to the type fender, marshall or mesa.
    - The equalization is very effective - especially the medium - which can really shape the sound (I do not know the freq, Q or gain for each band, but it works)
    - The grain of the guitar is respected (not a huge distortion pedal that hard at all) That's a preamp.

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    I add one point here following numerous tests this weekend. The gain does not get very large distortion (the same position 'california' drive to the bottom) against the other for everything else: clean, crunch, crunch +, overdrive, etc ... is excellent. It is precise and controllable.
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    Let those who like me were skeptical when he saw disappear settings channels (clean / hi-gain / hot-wired) and micro investments from the GT2 can rest assured that the medium can pauffiner equalization and find the hollows or bumps in these frequencies.

    The types of sounds are very varied. Above all, unlike a conventional three-channel preamp (where each channel corresponds to a fixed color clean / crunch / drive) it may well be here three sounds or three sounds crunch distortion ... short, a feast of sound and versatility.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is a review hot. But with the GT2 for 4 years and it is similar in construction and I think that this notice will remain unchanged:

    (+) Simple and solid construction (metal box, switch, knobs and connectors solid and well assembled. It is made in the United States!)
    (+) Quality and quantity of available sounds
    (+) Easy to use
    (+) 3 separate channels
    (+) Plugs directly into a console or a sound card.

    (-) Blowing high gain (like the GT2, allow at most one gate)
    (-) Battery wears out fast food and the sound (like a gate set incorrectly) at the first sign of weakness. Tip: through the power supply!

    A wish: an effects loop on or off (adjustable) after the channel. There would be a must.
    In the end, good stuff. I would definitely do it again this choice.
    I have two products in this brand. For now, one without fail.
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  • Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 03/23/05 à 14:13
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    Prampli 3 channel format of distortion pedals

    UTILIZATION

    Easy to configure, manual in English, but nice config

    SOUND QUALITY

    Are poustouflant, g never had this brand, and mainte I am a fan, to advise everyone, trs very versatile.
    Cort has a branch on a 150 godin, an Ibanez, a lag, a prod (a brand of shit), even bass!

    the sound is excellent and cares full-mouth

    OVERALL OPINION

    For a week I use it and I'm contentious
    + the sound, ease of use, versatility
    the - RAS
    c expensive but the quality is there (especially the price fell ke drnirement) (210 o instead of 240)
    yes I do it again this choice !!!!!!!!!!! ...
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    Prampli 3 channel format of distortion pedals

    UTILIZATION

    Easy to configure, manual in English, but nice config

    SOUND QUALITY

    Are poustouflant, g never had this brand, and mainte I am a fan, to advise everyone, trs very versatile.
    Cort has a branch on a 150 godin, an Ibanez, a lag, a prod (a brand of shit), even bass!

    the sound is excellent and cares full-mouth

    OVERALL OPINION

    For a week I use it and I'm contentious
    + the sound, ease of use, versatility
    the - RAS
    c expensive but the quality is there (especially the price fell ke drnirement) (210 o instead of 240)
    yes I do it again this choice !!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 06/20/05 à 12:37
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    The Tri-AC is more of a distortion pedals: it allows to reproduce the sounds Fender / Marshall / Mesa Boogie sound clear his trs saturated through subtle SETTING THE crunch or overdrive.

    The rglages aspen / medium / bass are effective trs (not linear) and can dig his wish.

    The Program is impressive.

    UTILIZATION

    Trs easy to use, yet full of sound and rglages possible (the manual gives a lot of examples of sounds to draw!).

    The Program is stupfiante: RULES turn it round each of the three sounds we want to keep, and every time we "click" twice on the switch 1, 2 or 3. Then, RPET for example, we want to change the volume or the treble of a rglages: it goes on, just one rule......
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    The Tri-AC is more of a distortion pedals: it allows to reproduce the sounds Fender / Marshall / Mesa Boogie sound clear his trs saturated through subtle SETTING THE crunch or overdrive.

    The rglages aspen / medium / bass are effective trs (not linear) and can dig his wish.

    The Program is impressive.

    UTILIZATION

    Trs easy to use, yet full of sound and rglages possible (the manual gives a lot of examples of sounds to draw!).

    The Program is stupfiante: RULES turn it round each of the three sounds we want to keep, and every time we "click" twice on the switch 1, 2 or 3. Then, RPET for example, we want to change the volume or the treble of a rglages: it goes on, just one rule corresponding knob, and reclci twice: no need to retype the r tings in full each time, and in addition the LED flashes faster or slower when one or raproche s'loigne the position of the knob mmorise.
    Ok, it's a bit complicated to explain, but it's a simplicity gniale!

    SOUND QUALITY

    It is poustouflante: branch of a transistor amplifier (Hughes & Kettner, Peavey, Fender or Marshall for myself until now), the sound is transcand.
    Branch lights on a quality amp (Fender Twin, Mesa Boogie, Marshall and Vox AC30), it allows to refine rglages, out of vintage and distos burning desire to change the range of sound ( channel Fender clean sound on a mesa or a vox is a real rgal!).
    Two big advantages of a good amp: or distos good can come out of low volume (and when we play When we play a little strong, distos get really big and therefore feedback from the hip (with a good volume of all m me) and have three sounds pr-rgls to change quickly and easily for his songs.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 6 months. I love the sound it gives, as its distos clear: it does not dnature amps on which the branch, and not the same if not transcander dj super quality !

    The possibility of three sounds mmoriser DIFFERENT: I ​​can not do without it (especially that made with the 4 rglages base of the amp), and it allows me to get excellent saturations even low volume: one tries not pter eardrums in RPET and home, I played on a vox with which it is difficult to play softly and tri-ac is not the solution for I do disassemble the head by the neighbors!
    Only one regret: the sounds Fender, Mesa and Marshall are top, and I well liked vox sound more like the double-drive of the same brand!
    The Tri-AC is made for great vintage sound on the other hand for large distos trs powerful and modern, it is better to have another pedals. So I invest in one of the Fuzz. The set complte wonder. Given the quality and solidity of the Tech 21, I think my next purchase will Wha wha the same brand (a killer!).
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  • Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 09/08/06 à 02:21
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    I will not repeat what others have done.

    I would just say it's more than a pramp PDAL saturation. It is therefore Sansamp technology originally designed for accumulation amp for direct recording console. The subtle of this model is that it has an output level infrieur to other models in order to be plugged into a guitar amp. None the less usable online. It is in this config I use.

    3 Channel 3 then switches ...

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple config

    That program, double click to record an adjustable

    The edition is have the SansAmp: its settings can be found by turning the knobs, the LED flashes plsu and faster until the initial position

    Simple manual

    SOUND QUALITY

    I first......
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    I will not repeat what others have done.

    I would just say it's more than a pramp PDAL saturation. It is therefore Sansamp technology originally designed for accumulation amp for direct recording console. The subtle of this model is that it has an output level infrieur to other models in order to be plugged into a guitar amp. None the less usable online. It is in this config I use.

    3 Channel 3 then switches ...

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple config

    That program, double click to record an adjustable

    The edition is have the SansAmp: its settings can be found by turning the knobs, the LED flashes plsu and faster until the initial position

    Simple manual

    SOUND QUALITY

    I first bought one to replace a DM4 pedal baord. For more dynamic, sound more "real"?. It sounds like it was a preamp but the grain is not very el'ampli of respect I think.
    The three are very DIFFERENT CHANNELS but all offer a standard range of sounds. and as many products Sansamp the setting is not always so easy, with a normal active equa ...
    It sounds on it, it was super versatile, as it was on, but finally I removed my epdal board to use it for my preamp dmo, models and play in front of my PC. I like the channel aprticulirement british, very classic rock. The tweed channel gives a good fat when pushed, and the caliph is for me the most polyvalene, t the equa ets super effective it's going to rock to metal through the clean jazz ....

    I have used with Burny Les Paul, a Twin and a DNG.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have 2 years
    I like the simplicity of use, the sound.
    I also have a DM4, colder, I rel with SansAmp, we have a real sound, analog, living, full of truly density typ .. So we may not like ...

    Price impeccable quality (150 used)

    Looking back I will not sorting AC amplifier for use. j'achetrais the coup can be a simulation Podlike (VOX Valvetronix I think), more versatile (with effects) for what I am doing today ....

    but it is a great product ... I tell myself that if I play live console LIVC one day I will use as a simulation of HP with my pedal board in front!
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  • Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 01/12/07 à 11:59
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    Said. I would have liked an additional output XLR with phantom power as the Acoustic DI of the same brand

    UTILIZATION

    Could not be more simple: no menus, no screen unreadable, just the same settings on an amp. Attention to the active EQ is very effective, but a violent hand not used, after it rolls ... I now play on Fender strato-EMG Epiphone jazz and plugged directly into the sound system or console (in the studio on prime time, it's magic ...)
    English manual for America, but it's not complicated and well done with examples of relevant settings, it's OK

    SOUND QUALITY

    Excellent! It is the only credible alternative (to my knowledge) to a real amp on the overdrive section. I mean......
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    Said. I would have liked an additional output XLR with phantom power as the Acoustic DI of the same brand

    UTILIZATION

    Could not be more simple: no menus, no screen unreadable, just the same settings on an amp. Attention to the active EQ is very effective, but a violent hand not used, after it rolls ... I now play on Fender strato-EMG Epiphone jazz and plugged directly into the sound system or console (in the studio on prime time, it's magic ...)
    English manual for America, but it's not complicated and well done with examples of relevant settings, it's OK

    SOUND QUALITY

    Excellent! It is the only credible alternative (to my knowledge) to a real amp on the overdrive section. I mean for the distortion, any pedal or preamp can do the trick, transistor, lamp or informatico-qqchse. But to do from an amp with overdrive, you need a floor amp all-lamps in addition to the preamp, otherwise it will not sing, there is no attack, then compression, then the holding characteristic of Note that we can modulate and grind, "harmonic" which, without finishing dismally in the mosquito germanium ...
    This box provides a lot of musical sound and still usable.
    For my part, I use the Tweed for the crunch position, the British for the agreements, California for the overdrive

    OVERALL OPINION

    - For a year
    - Its simplicity, its lightness, strength, love less greediness in stack: AC power required!
    - Oh lala so since the days!
    - Report Q / P saw his excellent life
    - Absolutely
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  • Tech 21 SansAmp TRI-A.C.Publié le 11/23/08 à 13:01
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    Transistor, 2 jacks, an equalizer, gain, volume and choice of amp. XLR output would have been great to connect in direct sound.

    UTILIZATION

    Config ultra simple, but must look at the manual. I never thought to how to get a mesa boogie fender bassman sound, well, it does graaaave.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I play a little bit of everything, it is perfect. Not ideal for trash, etc.. but otherwise, the big distos mesa are still excellent, I find them much better than the pod X3 live my door. sounds cleans sounds warm, dynamic ... Again, it buries line 6!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have since yesterday, I like everything.
    I bought it tomorrow again if it is again! a value, of OCCAZ, amazing !!!!!!!!......
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    Transistor, 2 jacks, an equalizer, gain, volume and choice of amp. XLR output would have been great to connect in direct sound.

    UTILIZATION

    Config ultra simple, but must look at the manual. I never thought to how to get a mesa boogie fender bassman sound, well, it does graaaave.

    SOUND QUALITY

    I play a little bit of everything, it is perfect. Not ideal for trash, etc.. but otherwise, the big distos mesa are still excellent, I find them much better than the pod X3 live my door. sounds cleans sounds warm, dynamic ... Again, it buries line 6!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have since yesterday, I like everything.
    I bought it tomorrow again if it is again! a value, of OCCAZ, amazing !!!!!!!!
    ben good few months after I confirm the good things about this little box but in the end, I bought a Peavey ValveKing head and I must admit that I saw dynamic level and sound quality ... is not to say, the lights, it's still a difference ... but it's still a very good machine, repeating or not at all bother lugging.
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