Perhaps the most important aspect of your signal chain, preamps can dramatically impact what you send to an audience or to a recording. We offer a comprehensive selection from the top brands in acoustic instrument amplification.
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Phil Jones Bighead Pro Headphone Amplifier
"The HA-2 is the second model in the Bighead series and is a step up model of the popular HA-1 Bighead with added technology and features. The HA-2 is a high resolution USB audio interface that supports PCM playback with up to 384 KHz sample rate/24 bit resolution. On DSD playback, sample rates of 2.822MHzand 5.644 MHz are supported, making it the ideal choice for musicians and engineers that desire high performance and the purest sound quality. It is a rechargeable lithium ion dynamo that is ideal for use in practice or recording situations. It also functions as a headphone booster amp as well as a preamp to drive powered amplifiers. The HA-2 has both passive and active instrument inputs with a 2 band EQ that is ideal for guitar and bass, yet versatile enough for use with other instruments. It has an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery that is fed by its USB jack, so any computer or appropriate cell phone charger can charge it in less than 3 hours, but it can play for up to 8 hours."
Headway EDM-1 with Power Supply
"The EDM-1 boasts Refined Class 'A' Inputs and Pro Audio IC Components, easy to read Pro-Audio design layout & sturdy metal housings built to withstand "Life on the Road". The EDM-1 is supplied with belt clips, rubber feet and is threaded for microphone stands. The Swiss Army Knife for the gigging musician. 3 Band EQ. Tuneable ""Range"" Control covers all instruments. 9v Phantom Power assignable to ""Ring"" or ""Tip. XLR Adaptor included - Converts Output Jack to XLR Balanced DI Out. 3 Way Impedance Selector. Earth Lift Switch. Mute Switch. Battery, Mains or Phantom Powered from Mixer."
Headway EDB-2 DI/EQ
The EDB-2 boasts Refined Class 'A' Inputs and Pro Audio IC Components, easy to read Pro-Audio design layout & sturdy metal housings built to withstand "Life on the Road". The EDB-2 is supplied with belt clips, rubber feet and is threaded for microphone stands. The Swiss Army Knife for the gigging musician.
"Designed and improved over the course of several years to meet the needs of performing musicians, Fire-Eye products are crafted from the highest quality components available. Engineered by an electronics engineer with over 50 years of professional experience, the Red-Eye design focuses on high fidelity, low noise and simple plug and play performance. Requires XLR Phantom Power. Internal filtering to reject radio-frequency interference from neon lights and cell phones."
"The Red-Eye is an all analog, handmade, high input impedance DI and clean boost. Boost button with volume control for amplifying solos. Treble control to boost or reduce treble. Long 9-volt battery life (~200 hours). Automatically uses XLR Phantom Power, when available, instead of the battery. Internal filtering to reject radio-frequency interference from neon lights and cell phones."
Red-Eye Twin Preamp
"The Red-Eye Twin is an all analog, handmade, high input impedance DI and clean boost solution for musicians that play two instruments at the same gig."
Phil Jones PE-5 Bass Preamp
"The PE-5 is a pedal designed for bass guitar and upright bass which incorporates a sophisticated 5 band EQ and also offers superior function as a Pre-Amp, Direct Box, and signal booster. The PE-5 is engineered with a unique switchable input impedance which allows the pedal to match exactly to either a magnetic or piezo pickup. It achieves the full band spectrum for either pickup source. In addition it is a signal booster which compensates for low output pickups and will also provide ample drive for any amplifier. The input level and gain controls are designed to precisely match the pickup output to an amplifier.The line output is strong enough to use directly into a power amplifier or a powered speaker. The 5-band EQ is a high precision equalizer which means that each boost or cut level is identical to each adjacent band. Plus the Q factor of each band is identical. This makes it far easier for the player to accomplish the tone that they are pursuing. These frequency bands were carefully chosen for the voice of a bass so that the user will be able to adjust the EQ rapidly to get the desired sound. The DI output is of the highest audio quality obtainable providing a match to even the finest recording studio mixing consoles and live sound systems. It has extremely high signal to noise ratio and features a ground lift switch to eliminate the possibility of ""Mains Hum"". The PE5 can be powered by a standard 9-volt DC pedal adapter or run on its own internal lithium-ion battery that is charged with a standard cell phone charger via its USB socket. The two foot switches provide a mute function and a true bypass. The rugged housing is constructed of die cast aluminum alloy made to deliver years of service."
Hughes and Kettner Stompman
"The Hughes & Kettner StompMan is a full-fledged premium guitar amp in stompbox format. Able to deliver remarkable sound pressure levels, it serves up professional tone powered by Hughes & Kettner's Spirit Tone Generator technology. The StompMan was engineered to bring out the best in effects plugged into its input and FX loop. With this pedal-friendly design and a host of connection options, the StompMan is the perfect hub for every pedalboard and an ingenious go-to/ always-on amp for every occasion."