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Author:  anunnaki [ Mon, Jun 03, 2019 3:32pm ]
Post subject:  Preamp necessary or just recommended?

Hello, newb here.

I am considering purchasing the CAB M for ampless home usage: I'd just like to use my pedalboard, the CAB M, and my headphones.

Would I need a preamp pedal for such a setup, or would my current overdrive and fuzz pedals suffice? Or would you suggest using the CAB M with a preamp pedal for the best tone possible?

Also, if I wanted to use a speaker cabinet in the future, would I need something between the CAB M and cab?

Thank you kindly!

Author:  yrdjuret [ Tue, Jun 04, 2019 4:43am ]
Post subject:  Re: Preamp necessary or just recommended?

Preamp recommended but the sound is not that bad without. I'd turn up volume on simulated power amp in CAB M to maximum. You can find some comparisons on youtube.
Cab M doesn't have a physical power amp, so you need an amp after it to get sound out of physical speakers. That amp could be the one in a powered speaker (FRFR or studio, for example).

Author:  anunnaki [ Tue, Jun 04, 2019 7:50am ]
Post subject:  Re: Preamp necessary or just recommended?

ah, okay, so it should suffice for a headphone rig then, theoretically.

any recommendations for an inexpensive preamp pedal? the two note ones and the benson, for examples, are out of my budget.

Author:  yrdjuret [ Tue, Jun 04, 2019 10:52am ]
Post subject:  Re: Preamp necessary or just recommended?

I can only say the Two Note ones. I've got the Le Crunch myself. Love it. I've got a feeling that one is a bit missunderstood, so you might find bargains.
Otherwise your overdrive will act as your preamp untill next time your money wants to leave you.
I assume you know you can use a standard amp before the cab m, but then you'll need some load box too (or your amp won't survive).

Author:  anunnaki [ Tue, Jun 04, 2019 11:42am ]
Post subject:  Re: Preamp necessary or just recommended?

i will only use my headphones. i dont need an amp for that, correct? thats what really matters to me--an ampless headphone rig (for now).

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