ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock
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ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock

E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock, Tube Guitar Preamp from ENGL.

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Negens 05/07/2013

ENGL E530 Tube Preamp Modern Rock : Negens's user review

«  Perfect! But make sure you choose the right power amp and a good speaker! »
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UTILIZATION

The configuration is very simple.
I did not have the manual as bought used, and I've never needed it.
It is relatively easy to get a good sound with. Let me explain the "relatively" in the following section ...

SOUNDS

I play between other metal, but this preamp can do anything.
I would like to moderate the notice below that says this preamp sounds all the time.

The E530 is highly dependent on the power amplifier and the speaker you put him behind.
In some cases, it will give a more qu'affreux sound.
However, with the right channel, the sound will be wonderful!
Its former owner sold it to me because he thought the sound was not terrible. And actually, in retrospect, it was his power section and speakers who were not well coupled to the E530.

For my part, I need it to register, and I use it with Two Notes solution (Torpedo Torpedo CAB and WOS), with speakers:
- In saturated => a mixture of pregnant Engl, Diezel and Elmwood. According to the speaker, the power section is set from EL84, 6L6 or KT88.
- In clean => a mixture of pregnant Marshall and Hiwatt, all with EL34

For guitars is an Agile Intrepid Standard 828 mounted SD Blackouts, a Jackson Soloist 1987, and from time to time an Agile st-802 (Strat alder) or SX Strat (Ash).

The clean sound is beautiful. Those who say otherwise do not know the address or have the wrong speaker.
It is both deep, pure and crystalline. Button brings the bright side it is a very rock slamming through a Fender sound (Strat / Tele) or a modern edge through a guitar humbuckers.
It suits perfectly for Jazz sounds also.

The crunch is one of the most versatile I've ever heard. Hard to describe so it offers opportunities, blues to rock through the stoner. Wonderful in all conditions.

Its lead in the low gain is a bit like the crunch but more edgy, we are in the hard rock and early metal. it feels dry and surly side we did not on the clean channel.

The lead sound in hi gain is the area in which we recognize the grain Engl. A kind of temperamental very pleasant growl in the low-medium, with a great view and severe acute well punchy. Besides, do not overdo the acute! Beyond 12, it starts to make your ears bleed and becomes unbearable.
Contour button acts as a boost attendance and mediums. I think its questionable usefulness. Personally, I do not use it and it gives me nothing I could need. I think we can really do without.
2 knobs low-medium and upper medium is a great idea, and very useful to sculpt the sound to his desires.
With a guitar with enough gain, needless to push the preamp gain beyond 13h. There's enough. If you do not have enough gain, rather look if yours guitar follows.

It also has an output of 1 watt amp that can be nice to repeat quiet home.

There are also two output frequency offset, simulating speakers. This is very correct to troubleshoot in a repeat or if a baffle Live loose, or to record a demo, but it is to forget for a serious recording.

OVERALL OPINION

I have not tried other preamps before. My experience was limited to heads.
I needed a machine that big win can do without power section, so you can use it at any time without a fight with neighbors.
As lovers of grain Engl, and considering the price at which I found was seen everything for me!

I liked:
- The extensive connection
- The typical sound Engl
- Versatility

I did not like:
Uh ...?

Given the price I got it, the price / quality ratio is very good

With experience, it is a choice I would do gladly!