Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp
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Audiofanzine FR 12/14/2008

Mesa Boogie Quad Preamp : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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(Originally written by aliascross/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Guitar preamp with eight 12AX7 tubes.

2 channels / 6 modes that can be used at the same time!

Non-switchable FX loop

Main and Rec stereo outputs

UTILIZATION

I find the settings could be finer... especially the volume knobs!

Channel 2 is not so loud (when it comes to volume) as channel 1! (it's annoying...)

SOUNDS

I find this preamp's MAIN advantage is when you use it directly with a mixer. The results sound really nice (better than a POD2, XT or X3) and quite believable. I did a comparison between the DI application and a setup with an amp + cabinet + mic, and the results are very similar.

You can surely get better results but you'll have to use several mics and adjust their position.

This preamp gives rather average results with a power amp (VHT BB) + cabinets (NOS v30 and G12h100)... Compared to a CAE 3+SE which sounds much better in this configuration).

I give it a 10 when directly connected to a mixer and 6 with an amp.

OVERALL OPINION

I recommend it for direct connection to a mixer! In this configuration, the sound is much better than with a 3+SE or a Palmer PGA-05 for example. On the contrary, the 3+SE is great with a power amp + cabinets.

So I give it a 10 when directly connected to a mixer and 6 with an amp.