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Re: EA iAMP350 vs. AI Clarus

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Posted by Bob Gollihur ( on March 21, 2002 at 11:32:39:

In Reply to: EA iAMP350 vs. AI Clarus posted by cda on March 19, 2002 at 12:25:59:

: I was wondering which of these heads really brings out the natural sound of the upright better. I get the impression that the iAMP with all of its tone shaping is better for an all around electric/upright combo rig, but for someone focusing on purely the greatest replication of their acoustic bass, the Clarus head is stronger. Is this the case?

I wouldn't necessarily say so, but I do agree that the iAMP would be a better choice for an electric/upright player who needs more tonal flexibility - but that's not to say that the Clarus doesn't have flexibility, because it does- the EA iAMp just has more. Certainly if URB is your only axe, what the Clarus has to offer will probably be enough.

I recently did an A/B test for a net friend/customer, using the iAMP 350 and Clarus with a EA CXL-112. With both amps set flat, the iAMP was very similar in character to the Clarus, and of course has more tonal capabilities. It seems that both mfrs. design philosphy is to provide uncolored sound. The CXL-112 is mercilessly clean (perhaps TOO clean for some players ); it is the antithesis of traditional bass cabs, the anti-Portaflex incarnate.

The Clarus certainly has the advantage with size, weight, and price, but the iAMP has slighly more output power and a lot more tonal control, but a double bassist couldn't go wrong with either of them. Their needs/preferences, speaker cab, and budget should dictate their choice. I like the fact that they leave tonal coloration to the player.

I am a dealer and player who uses both Acoustic Image and Euphonic Audio stuff on gigs. My opinions are my own, your ears and tastes may differ.

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