ENGL E640 Invader 150 Head
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ENGL E640 Invader 150 Head

E640 Invader 150 Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from ENGL in the Invader series.

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iamqman 08/02/2011

ENGL E640 Invader 150 Head : iamqman のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Big time amp!!"
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This is an amp that makes any one who turns it on go straight to metal riffing. This is the 150 version of the Invader. This is one heck of an amp. It is a amp that plays hard and is meant for the mot demanding metal gurus.

As much as the majority of the Engl line up is more for metal players, this amp is a bit more tamed for more general musical styles. It does has four channels including a clean, crunch, rhythm, and lead. he voicing is more towards the general rock scene rather than the ultra metal scene. You get more coverage with this amp in my opinion than some of the uber high metal gainers.

UTILIZATION


Specifications

Preamp:
4 channels. four 3-stage EQs incl. logarithmic treble curve, Bright switch for Channels 1 and 2, separate Gain and Volume controls for each channel, Hi / Lo Gain switch, Noise Gate with threshold adjust, 2 parallel FX loops, 4 x ECC 83 / 12 AX 7 preamp tubes. Tuner out activated via standby switch.

Master Section:
150 watts (6 EL 34 tubes), Master A / B switch, Presence and Depth Punch control for power amp soundshaping, electronic tube protection circuit and powertube monitoring system.

Outputs:
MIDI IN / THRU, jack for ENGL Z-9 footswitch, jack for ENGL Z-4 / Z-3 footswitch, 2 x FX Send, 2 x FX Return, 2 x FX Balance, preamp out / tuner, line out / power amp, speaker outs 2 x 4, 2 x 8, 1 x 16 ohms

MIDI programmable functions at a glance, storable in any combination as required:
Channel switching, Master A / B, Bright, Hi / Lo Gain, FX Loop 1 and 2, noise gate, amp mute (tuner)

Dimensions & Weight:
71 x 27 x 29 cm, 25 kg

SOUNDS

The clean channel is very good and usable for its chimy tone. However, the amp lives in the lead channel. These Engl amps feature the high gain tone and they do it quite well. Try this amp out with a lower tuning and you'll see and hear why so many metal professionals come to Engl for their amplifier needs. This amp is more for the general player but it still has that German metal voicing.

This is a very loud amplifier. It has a lot of power through 150 watts and packs quite a punch. You don't have to turn these amps up too much in the distortion or gain. They have so much gain that a lot of it is virtually unusable. Too much gain will not fit in a band mix very well. You will have problems cutting through the mix. I would recommend turning the gain down a bit when you are on stage with the band.

OVERALL OPINION

These are great amps for the money if you can afford them. They come in new for right at around $3000. That is a lot of money for most people including myself. This is an amp that is harder to get a hold of since a lot of places don't carry them. You can find them online pretty easily but you won't get any time to try it out before you buy it.