Showing posts with label Amplifier. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amplifier. Show all posts

Saturday, December 10, 2016

What is an AMPLIFIER and What Are Amplifiers Used For?

If you don't own a car with a custom stereo or any type of musical instrument than you probably are not aware of what an amplifier is and what it does. An amplifier is simply a piece of electronic equipment that takes the sound produced from a musical instrument or a stereo and increases or amplifies that signal and that electronic output comes through the speaker.

An amplifier is necessary for many musical instruments in order to connect them to speakers. Amplifiers also help produce unique sounds that you hear many musicians play, most notably guitar players.

Mixing Amplifier MA-35
Mixing Amplifier MA-35 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Most guitar players can people with car stereos basically just want an amplifier to produce very loud sounds without a lot of distortion of the sound.

How good the amplifier is depends on a number of specifications. The gain is the ratio between the output and the input and is usually measured in decibels.

Bandwidth is another important specification to consider. It is the range of frequencies that the amplifier can produce.

Another quality to consider it the efficiency, especially for car stereos. The efficiency tells you how much of the power that goes to the amplifier is actually applied to the output. Class A amplifier are the most inefficient, while Class AB amps are the best.

The bottom line is that people use amplifiers to make their cars and musical instruments sound very allow. More sophisticated musicians buy amplifiers to produce a higher and richer sound than what the instrument could produce just by itself.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Which Acoustic GUITAR AMPLIFIER Is the Best?

After years and years of jamming out on a regular guitar amp with the gain amped up and multiple pedal effects going on at once the noise can start to go to your head. These are the times that I'm glad I have an acoustic guitar amp to plug into and just relax a little.

English: A Roland Micro Cube, next to an Ibane...
A Roland Micro Cube, next to an Ibanez GTA15R for size comparison.
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My personal favorite is the Fender Acoustasonic. The Acoustasonic comes in 15 watt, 90 watt and 150 watt versions, I personally have the 150 watt one, and it just produces one of the most clean sounds I have ever heard. It even has a few very nice features that I have not seen on many other guitar amps. Not only does it have a the normal channel for your guitar but it also has a second channel available for a microphone so you can simultaneously do guitar and vocals.

On top of all of this it just looks amazing. Fender just nailed the vintage look with this acoustic guitar amplifier. Even though it is on the more expensive side, I would definitely suggest this amp to any avid guitar player looking for a cleaner guitar amp. Another acoustic guitar amplifier that I can just not pass up when I am deciding on what I want to play on for the night is the RMS AC40. Once again the vintage look of this beauty is just awesome. I would just leave this out in the room as a conversation piece sometimes, the worn down look it gives off is just amazing.

On top of that the sound is just superb, even better than the Fender Acoustasonic. Perfect for smaller scale concerts and even just sitting around practicing the RMS AC40 is incredibly light and portable. This acoustic guitar amplifier also has the seconid channel dedicated to a mic like the Aoustasonic. The only downside that I can see with this acoustic guitar amp is that you can only get a single version, 40 watts. It is a little on the expensive side compared to most other guitar amps but it is completely worth it due to its sonics which are just unbeatable.

If I am ever iffy on which amp I should be using, I jump for this one every single time, no question. There are way more notable acoustic guitar amplifiers that you should also consider, for example the Fender Frontman or the Behringer Acoustasonic.