The sound is warm with a smooth feel. The warmth and sweetness in the tone are produced by 5 vacuum tubes that give the preamp 2nd harmonic emphasis. Players will find that the Aguilar preamp responds... Click To Read More About This Product
The sound is warm with a smooth feel. The warmth and sweetness in the tone are produced by 5 vacuum tubes that give the preamp 2nd harmonic emphasis. Players will find that the Aguilar preamp responds more to their use of dynamics than other models.
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The Aguilar is preferct for those that want their bass tightly controlled and phat sounding. It is not possible to get any tube growl out of this preamp, even though Aguilar mentions the 10 Tube stages. The mids are solid sounding, no nasally-honky mids. The highs are clear, but never biting or obnoxious sounding. The lows are definitely solid. I am more of an Ampeg guy and that is why I sold this pre-amp. I prefer a dirtier all Tube Amp to get the sound I want. If you want a clean and controlled bass tone, this is the unit to get. If you want tube growl and real tube feel, get an all-tube amp.
I've been playing bass since I was a kid and I've run through a lot of great tube preamps, as well as far too many solid state pre's for my taste. Every "classic" Preamp is a classic for a reason and the sound you get from them tends to have more of it's own character than what you find in solid state amps and preamps. The character of the Aguilar DB 680 is smooth, rich, full and absolutely beautiful. I don't think your bass can sound "better" through another great preamp, just different. If you're seriously looking at the Aguilar DB 680, then you're serious about bass and you should know this is a serious tool; The EQ is incredibly flexible, with dual parametric and tube driven shelving. The FX loop is, of course, tube buffered with stereo returns. You have unbalanced 1/4" line level, seperate 1/4" bi-amp outs and a balanced XLR out. It also has a nifty feature that's another output but is called an Input Through, what it does is act like a splitter sending your signal to another amp or preamp while still running your bass through the DB 680; with this you can run in parallel, so you could actually use all the great features of the Aguilar DB 680 and, for instance, run it next to an Ampeg SVT-CL(or SVPCL) and really have a dream rig. This one remains on my wish list for now, but that will certainly change within the next year or two. If you try it, you'll buy it too.
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