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Big questions regarding my rack that I want


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I am looking at buying a rack setup (had a previous post), but am stuck regarding amplifiers

 

 

I would like an amplifier head, BUT

 

It seems more conventional, that if I am going to have a rack, I might as well get a preamp and power amp (Not only to save space but sonically as well)

 

I was looking at a Rivera K-tre head with a Vader cabinet.

 

I am now looking at an Engl 530 Preamp with an Engl 840 Power amp with Vader cabinets (2 x 2x12's)

 

I don't live anywhere near any place that sells Engl amps, so I can't really go and play on a 530 with an 840.

 

Price wise, it's pretty much the same

 

Rivera head is a $1999

Engl Combination is $2048

 

I am really liking the Engl sound, but am not sure where to go with this....

 

What do you guys think?

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I feel that a preamp/poweramp system feels really detached.

 

A better comparison would be:

 

Engl Powerball/Blackmore vs Rivera

 

I would personally take the Engl. They're equally compressed and the Engl heads have additional channels and a more transparent power section for effects.

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saxxamaphone, is that a Fireworx above the G-force? If so, how's that working out for guitar applications?

 

 

yes it's a fireworx mate

 

It is KILLER for guitar... it's my number 1 for fx

i'll go to use my fireworx before my g force everytime

 

Just sounds better all round to my ears

 

The only downside is there is a LAG when switching presets.. hence why i have the gforce too.. if i need to quickly jump across 2 different fx..i'll use the fireworx then force

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