Bugera 333XL Infinium обзор лампового усилителя

 

120-ваттный гитарный усилитель ручной работы с 4 лампами 6L6 в оконечнике, клон всем известных Peavey XXX/JSX от компании Bugera по более доступной цене.

Технические характеристики:

  • Ламповый 3 канальный (Clean, Crunch, Lead) усилитель мощностью 120 Ватт.
  • Лампа в выходном каскаде: 4x 6L6 (усилитель мощности)
  • Лампа в предусилителе: 4x 12AX7 (преамп)
  • Независимые 3-полосные эквалайзеры для каждого из каналов
  • Переключатели XL на каналах Lead и Crunch и регулятор Presence
  • Реверб с регулировкой в мастер-секции
  • recording out, line out
  • Линейный выход с регулятором уровня
  • Технология INFINIUM, обеспечивающая постоянный мониторинг состояния каждой выходной лампы, автоматическую подстройку и увеличение срока ее службы до 20 раз.
  • Петля эффектов
  • Сопротивление: 4, 8 и 16 Ом
  • 4-педальный ножной переключатель
  • Размеры: 24,9 x 68,7 x 24,6 см. 
  • Вес: 21.5 кг.

Обзор №1

Я установил лампы JJ KT77 и перенастроил bias. Это удивительная машина, а также и с лампами EL34 и 6L6. Мне больше нравится этот усилитель с лампами KT77. Мощный овердрайв без каких-либо раздражающих звуков, он просто рвет обои со стен. Мне нравится этот усилител ьвключенный в гитарный кабинет Marshall 1960BV, но и 1960B творит чудеса. Избегайте кабинеты от самой Бугеры, они ужасны и не звучат ни в один усилитель. Мои основные гитары в '02 Jackson Sl2H, в '96 Gibson Les Paul и Gibson Wes Montgomery. Я не люблю одиночные катушки и страты, так что не буду комментировать его потенциал на подобных гитарах. Я играю много разных вещей, но усилитель в первую очередь очень хорош для хард-рока и металла 80-90х . Можно запросто поиграть Judas Priest, Slayer, Megadeth и раннюю Metallica.

Общее впечатление: Можно сделать вывод относительно всех бугер. Покупая усилитель вам сразу же необходимо покупать полный комплект каких нибудь хороших ламп, потому что с родными лампами он звучит значимтельно хуже, и это касается всех усилителей фирмы Bugera. Однако это крутой усилитель с большим потенциалом, и собран он довольно неплохо.

Обзор №2

Мммм.. Бугера-а-а-а-а... Хотя нет, стойте - название как-то не очень звучит. Что не так? Ламповый усилитель премиум класса, собранный в Китае!
Красота, китайские авто делают из фольги, что позволяет им у себя на родине справляться с перенаселением (помимо известной методики двумя кирпичами по яйцам в рукавицах),
повсюду можно увидеть Абибос, Пумма, Панос оник и т.п. А вот усилители китайские из чего делают?

Сначала об эпохальной фирме, которая занимается изготовлением Bugera. Это старый добрый Behringer, гитарное оборудование этой фирмы надо обходить стороной, закрывая лицо ладошками.
Беринжер звучит не просто плохо, а изо всех сил старается. Акустика никакущая, спасает лишь низкая цена. И тут тоже... 120 ватт лампового звука за приемлемую сумму, три канала, регулировок больше
чем в машине Джеймса Бонда в его лучшие годы (да-да мартини со льдом там тоже была кнопка, рядом с кнопкой Китайская Шлюха - ON, которая имхо помещалась в багажнике или на худой конец в чемодане).

Все вроде с виду достойно - обивка, регулировки, ничего не шуршит, есть спирексимулятор, какие то бустеры, есть ревер и т.п. Включаем и получаем приятный чистый, хрустящий кранч и много гейна на канале lead.
Но через минут 20 игры понимаем что что-то не так. Пробуем входы Input - их там целых два. Тыкаем бустер, играем с ревером. Опять норм, 20 минут пролетают незаметно, но снова шестое чувство подсказывает что нечисто здесь.

Пробуем писать, в линию... Охохохо! Такой плохой эмуляции гитарного кабинета я наверное не слышал еще нигде. Наверное я даже смогу сэмулировать кабинет лучше в стиле: "Иууууу.. Виуууууу... Дж Дж Дж! Арпеджио!" Отвратительно...

Пробуем писать через микрофон с кабинетом (Bugera 4x12). Динамики неизвестны (Бугера с маркировкой ни о чем не говорит)... на buymusic.ru написано, что они повышенной прочности... Ну это все равно что рекламировать средство для сантехники, заявляя, что оно теперь со вкусом лесных ягод. Слушаем запись с микрофона. Получаем что-то в стиле Пола Гилберта, если бы он работал ассенизатором. Ну то бишь тот же Пол с ибанезом и всеми делами, но в момент прорыва главного отводящего сливочного канала...

Продавал я эту штуку доооооолго. И вдвое дешевле... Тешил себя мыслью, что это кабинет стоковый бугеры очень плох. Пришел парень с Peavey 5150 захотел потестить с кабинетом. И меня унесло нафиг от звука... Ощущения были схожи с теми, когда гламурная блондика покупает дольче габбана, подешевке, дико радуясь, видит что фамилии поменяны местами в логотипе - GD. Поэтому не жидитесь и покупайте солидные вещи в стиле известных брендов, хотя бы усилитель.

Если подытожить - плохой дешевый гитарный усилитель класса премиум, сделанный в Китае, который никому неизвестен и тем более никому не нужен. Приобретая продукцию с хитрым прищуром глаз у вас есть все шансы остаться с ней навсегда, либо продать за такие копейки (как в моем случае), что вы будете еще долго робко пытаться взглянуть в зеркало с вопросом: "Ну вот на...... зачем?"

Обзор №3

Features: Long time reviewer on Harmony Central as Mad-Mike, here's an updated review of this amp. Now the specs..as per my usual format. - 120 Watts - 4X EL34 Power Tubes, 12AX7 A/B/C input tubes - 3 Channels: Clean, Crunch, and Lead - FX Loop, also doubles as a solo booster - Line Out in back for direct recording - Default Bias Port (NOTE: INACCURATE) - 4 Button Footswitch, Ken Keys sold me the wrong one though 262) - Footswitch handles channel switching and FX/Solo change - Clean and Crunch channels have a Gain/Mid booster (XL buttons) - Digital Reverb (mounted on an expansion inside amp) - Prescense Control (global) - Global Master Volume I use this amp in my current two bands for studio and Live. It has more than enough power as long as the tubes are properly biased, which can be an issue for these amps as they have a bias port that is inaccurate. You're best bet is to get a Bias probe or Tool of some sort, such as those sold at Eurotubes. So far I use all the features as this amplifier feels like it was designed for me (for the most part, see reliability). I bought it for almost $1000 complete with the Bugera default 412WH-BK 4X12 cab. Recently I have swapped this out for gigging with a Peavey 412M from the late 80's with Celestion speakers that are said to be a little like V30 Greenbacks. I'll give it a 9 here, as it's about as close as you can come at giving me all the features I want in an amplifier. Nothing to me is a perfect 10, the perfect 10 just does not exist. // 9

Sound: I'm running this guitar with a myriad of guitars, the majority stock but a few set up with aftermarket pickups such as my Jaguar that uses Seymour Duncan Cool Rails or my EMG Equipped Jag-Stang. My style is a very 80's type metal sound, think Twisted Sister or early Van-Halen, very balanced Midrange and Low end with a tastefully cranked high end. The sound I tend to go for is a "Brown Sound" kind of sound but with Fender Lows and Highs, this amp delivers, it's the closest thing I've found to the sound I want. The cleans can be very Fender like and sparkly, I usually tone down the midrange on the cleans to get a glassy tone, sort of like Robert Cra or old George Lynch era Dokken. Properly Biased the amp only starts to break up at eight or so on the volume dial. Most of the time I run this amp with the EQ straight up, with maybe a slight boost on the low and mids on the lead channel because I use the two different channels to get the same range of gain out of two different styles of guitar (Humbuckers = Crunch channel, Singles = Lead channel). I use the FX Loop as a solo booster, because it keeps my sound the same beautiful tone I have, but jacks up the volume. I have more of a variety of sounds, many of which I have not used yet in youtube vids or recordings yet. The scooped midrange is insane on this thing, perfect for the darker of the metal Genres (Thrash, Speed, Death, Gothic, whatever your bag is). I did not mention the gain levels yet either, which are insane. I'm usually only halfway to 3/4 of the way up on the post gain levels on the lead and crunch channels, but when I want that extra push over the edge, it is there. This amp is one of the quietest I've used when cranked up loud. The noise gate does the job it was intended for (not full on noise gate, but removing some of the more audible hiss from the signal). I just leave the gate up at 100% all the time. Overall, this is like my dream amp in features and sound... Now to the fun part below... // 9

Reliability & Durability: This, is where the Bugera amps start to hit their downfall. I had the amp for 6 months, no problems. Before I go on, you must understand, my treatment of amplification (and music gear in general) is only short of guys like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Ted Nugent, SRV, and Ritchie Blackmore. I turn my amps up loud, they do get banged around quite a bit, if I get pissed at them they do suffer a dent or two eventually. Hey, I have this philosophy, play nice with me, and I'll play nice with you, durability and reliability are a must. I depended upon it without a backup for about 8 months, six of which were totally trouble free on the original tubes. The last two (January and Febuary) were riddled with problems... - The speaker cable that came with the amp started going bad at a gig. I have a profound hatred of "molded connectors", I prefer something I can unscrew and resolder. I have since replaced it with a high quality Monster Cable. - The high gain input jack broke, but amazingly still works as long as you use a heavy cable with a weighted end to push the plug against the contacts inside. Apparently this is not a "chassis ground" amp where the jacks are concerned. Would bother me more but I seldom need that 6db boost the Hi-Gain jack gives. Especially considering my #1 axe has active pickups. - I had a few Bias problems, the replacement Mullards I have in there now were running at the wrong bias current, which caused early distortion and a dull sound (I'm guessing they were too cold). Since I bought a bias probe and used that to bias, the problem has gone away. The default port is inaccurate, and many of the readings from that port vs the probe made no sense (though I could balance the levels between the two at 41.9 VDC/mA DC). Plate voltage can run from 380 to 480 on these amps depending upon tubes. - The final killer was the rehearsal where the famous "burning transformer clip" issue rose it's ugly head and my tubes no longer lit up an hour into rehearsal. I went on a rampage throwing the amp around and cussing it. Took it home, stayed up till 5 a.m. The next day soldering, tightening, and removing that plastic clip and soldering the wires to the board as should have been done. The volume increased exponentially, my bias got a lot better, and my sound quality improved, what can I say. Other than that, many people whine about the plastic knobs, I jabbed the clean channel with the headstock of my Fender Jaguar one night at a gig when it failed (the cable/loose jack failure), Jaguar was fine (as usual, Jaguars are tough guitars, just watch Cobain with his). The plastic volume knob flew off the amp without even breaking, a fan in the audience brought it back up to me after the show. The reason through all of this I have not sent the amp into warranty repair is even as fast as Bugera/Behringer reportedly is, it's not fast enough as I had a ton of shows booked and no backup amp to use. I eventually picked up a Crate GT1200H as my backup amp. Also, I'm rather skilled at electronic repair so most of the problems weather mine or the amps have been relatively easy to fix in hindsight, enough to make me feel sort of daft looking back. I'll give it a seven, given a few things one could watch out for (many listed on BeerChurch's blog at this site), it can be quite a good solid amp, but it takes some TLC and fiddling to do so. I'm guessing that's where the price cut comes from. // 7

Overall Impression: I play all around several styles of rock, and so far this has been the best amp I've had all reliability issues not-withstanding. Despite the repairs I'm hoping it lasts me awhile because to come this close I'd need a celebrity endorsement, and even then it'll just be a beefed up copy of the 33XL. I've been playing for 14-15ish years, I've owned mostly cheap Peavey and Epiphone pawn shop grade gear because nothing else was cheap enough without getting a credit card or taking out a loan, and currently my only other amps are a Crate head in the same wattage and a Behringer V-AMP Pro I use for home recording. Check out my gear page on my profile for the rest of this stuff. If it were stolen or lost, I'd just get one of the newer ones that supposedly has the issues I listed above resolved, particularly that nasty clip-on transformer fix, but of course, only if I can try it out first to find the "sweet one", my ears are VERY picky to say the least. I've compared it to a lot of high end amps (Marshall JCM2000 Triple Super-Lead, Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier, Mesa Boogie Heartbreaker, and the Marshall JVM Series amps), and it was either this, or save for 20 years to get the other amps, especially in this economy. Outside of this, the closest thing I've been able to find is the $2-4000 Marshall TSL. // 8

Обзор №4

Features: This amp is from 2010. It is pretty versatile. Read my thought on sound. As a two channel amp with one eq, well as with the JCM 800s, 900s etc. You really need two with an A/B box if used for giggin' and so on. I haven't used it for gigs, but it's been in many different situations, practise, studio, livingroom and hauled around just for fu and Jam sessions. // 8

Sound: I installed JJ KT77 tubes and rebiased. Holy crap, what an awesome machine, also with E34L and 6L6 tubes. I like it the best with the KT77 tubes. Great overdrive with no annoying ssss sounds in the top, it just rips the wallpaper off. I like it with Marshall 1960BV cabs the best, but the standard 1960B works wonders as well. Avoid the Bugeracabs though, they don't sound good with anything. My main guitars are a '02 Jackson Sl2H, a '96 Gibson Les Paul and a Gibson Wes Montgomery. I don't like single coils and Strats, so won't comment on its potential there. I play a lot of stuff, but this is very, very good for an 80-90s hard rock/metal'ish tone. With the KT77s it's very much like the "Use Your Illusion" tone and more of a classic 70s-80s rock/metal tone with E34Ls, think Tipton and Downing, G'N'R ect. It can also have a very grainy and brutal thrash tone with the KT77s. Think Slayer, early Megadethand Metallica. With a good jazz guitar, it can easily do nice Jazz tones, altough 6L6 tubes are more suited for that and I'm going to see if it will play with a set of 6V6 tubes. Should make for a really nice 60s-70s style deal. // 9

Reliability & Durability: Let's get a few things straight. There are many bad reviews of these amps, but do people know what they buy? Probably not. This is a great amp. I'm an amp geek and have many other great amps. That includes a Diezel Einstein, Marshall JCM 800's, a Marshall 2555, Boogie Mk.IIC+, Mark V and a few other Marshalls, Peaveysand Engl amps. This, IF SET UP RIGHT, is a great amp. The problem with this amp is, that it comes from the factory with crappy tubes and biased waaay too hot. Both these things make it sound bad. I can work flawlessly and can sound great. You just need to replace the tubes to begin with. Is this the way it should be, probably not, but when I take the price into consideration, I don't mind. // 7

Overall Impression: Bottom line is, as with all Bugeras. Buy amp and pre/power tubes at the same time, it's needed, no matter which model Bugera you get. Know the plate voltage when you bias, every amp is a little different, so it's needed. I run mine a tiny bit HOT at 75%. I rate it as an 8, because of the wrong factory bias and bad tubes. Other than that, it's a sweet amp with lots of potential and it's build like a friggin' tank. // 8

Обзор №5

Features: I bought this amp brand new (2008) and it features 3 channels, each with their own equalizer and volume comtrol, a master volume, a master presence, a noise gait, and a master reverb. The crunch and lead channels also have seperate gain controls as well as the XL switch that boosts the gain. It also has an effects loop (not to be confused with built in effects) but honestly I don't really know what it does right now because I don't have any pedals. Overall this is a pretty decent amp with tons of gain, which is great because I like to play metal. it's all tube so you really get the clarity and tone of a tube even with the heavy distortion. The only thing that I don't really like so far is the fact that the noise gate is meh and teh reverb isnt the best I've ever heard, but neither are bad by any means. It also came with a footswitch which was really nice. My only with is for some effects but nothing else. // 8

Sound: I play with an Epiphone Les Paul Classic with a dimebucker in the bridge and the distortion is pretty awesome. The lead channel has plenty of distortion so I can play bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and pantera, but with a little tweaking I can get a savatage and Symphony X tone out of it. The clean channel is also pretty good. In my opinion it's a little bright but that's probably just the pickup I'm using. The crunch channel is decent to get AC/DC-ish sounds out of, but I haven't really messed around with it too much. This amp can go from sparkling clean to over the top distortion with no problem and that's what I really like about it. // 8

Reliability & Durability: It seems fairly reliable so far, I've only had it for a little while so I can't say whether it would break or not. Seems pretty rock solid and the footswitch is a tank so no worries there. It's just really freakin heavy, but what else do you expect. Overall, it's an amp, just don't be an idiot and drop it and you shouldn't have a problem. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall this is a pretty awesome amp. It's a full tube half stack for a decent price. It has the awesome tone of a tube which really cleans up the playing. It is a huge increase in tone and clarity from my solid state, but it doesnt't have all the built in effets the SS did. It handles my playing styles without a problem and if it were stolen I would definately get a new one (prob go with 2X12 'cause it's cheaper so I could buy some pedals). No complaints about anything on the amp. The best feature is the lead channel which puts out some seriously heavy distortion. I was choosing between this and the Line 6 spider valve and this thing owns the spider in tone and features. I would definately recommend this amp to anyone Who wants to get a tube amp without spending their life savings. // 8