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Engl Tube Preamp E 530  

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Overview
  • Four channels
  • Gain Lo/Hi switch
  • 4-band voicing system
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4-channel tube preamp for guitar with a 1.5-watt headphone amp for silent practice.

This 4-channel Engl tube preamp has much more to offer than just being the heart of a modern Rock rack system. Besides the convincing clean, crunch, and lead tones, a balanced recording compensated output helps you lay your parts straight into your hard drive. A stereo 1.5-watt power amp works with any cabinet or headphone for silent practicing.

The two main channels, Clean and Lead, feature dedicated voicing sections, gain pots and volume controls for precision sound shaping and fine-tuning. The Gain Lo/Hi switch converts the Clean channel to a Crunch channel and, in the Lead channel, the sound spectrum encompasses everything from Heavy Crunch to Ultra Gain. With a 4-band voicing section featuring two midrange bandwidths and a Contour switch that can be accessed via footswitch or the optional ENGL MIDI Switcher Z-11 (sold separately), the Lead channel is amazingly versatile. Another handy feature is the Defeat function, which bypasses the preamp and routes the guitar signal directly to the output. This feature enables you to connect two preamps in series and this option enlarges the tonal spectrum. The variable Stereo Line Out and a frequency compensated Line Out give you a wide range of application options. For instance, you can patch the preamp signal directly to a mixing console or recording device and simultaneously drive a stereo power amp.

Features
  • Four channels
  • Gain Lo/Hi switch
  • 4-band voicing system
  • Contour switch

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Tube Preamp E 530 Specifications:

  • Input level (0 dB--1Veff)
  • Input: -20 dB max. -3 dB
  • Output level (0 dB--1Veff)
  • Instrument: -10 dB max. 0 dB
  • Line Out: -10 dB max. 15 dB
  • Headphones poweramp: 2 x 1.5 watts at 4 Ohms
  • Tubes
  • V1: ECC83/12AX7 FirstQuality
  • V2: ECC83/12AX7 selected
  • Dimensions: 19", 1 rack space, depth: 260mm
  • Weight: approx. 4 kg
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EnglTube Preamp E 530
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Portable (5)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Attention Metalheads

I play mostly Metal, (occasionally blues/blues-rock) and this has become one of my favorite pieces of gear. I have it paired with a Rocktron Velocity 300. I have tried the internal...Read complete review

I play mostly Metal, (occasionally blues/blues-rock) and this has become one of my favorite pieces of gear. I have it paired with a Rocktron Velocity 300. I have tried the internal poweramp this 530 has, and it's pretty good, but to get the most out of this beast, you'd be better off using a separate power amp.
The tone you get from the e530 can go from shimmering cleans, to just a little breakup, to crunch, to face melting high gain. The gain is where this amp really shines though. With the gain cranked, notes stay articulate, especially when the Contour is engaged. If you play Any kind of modern extreme metal to hard rock or early metal, you will have lots of fun with this amp...
Believe me, at this price, you are getting a really GREAT deal!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Musician's Friend Return experience.

Overall I am pleased with my purchase and feel the features match the price nicely.
I like the overall quality & features of this preamp.

Likes:
This...Read complete review

Overall I am pleased with my purchase and feel the features match the price nicely.
I like the overall quality & features of this preamp.

Likes:
This pre-amp had everything I was looking for, for the price I was willing to pay.
I love the adjustment knobs, very smooth, easy to understand, nice layout.
Clean Channel has low/bass, mid-bass, trebel adjustments, & "bright" button
Lead channel has low/bass, mid-bass, midrange, trebel adjustments, & "countour" button.
The versatility of tone adjustment is verynice and allows a decent control when setting your tone.
Headphone output is a nice feature if you just want to practice.
Preamp has effects loop and defeat switch too.

Dislikes:
Unfortunately unit did not come with footswitches. This requires 2 switches (sold seperately) to control all features, or a ENGL Midi switch if you are using Midi to switch channels etc. Although they market this as a 4 channel amp its really just a 2 channel amp with some boost/countour/bright switches. The clean/rythem channel and lead/solo channel share tone adjustments and are selected by a switch. Sounds great.
Only thing I dont like is slight hiss on solo setting (lead with gain boost) It is very slight, but I dont know if I need to replace tubes with high quality tubes to eliminate this or if it will still be there if I replace the tubes with AAA tubes. Anybody have advice here?
Great value for dollar if you are looking for a 1unit rack mounted modern metal tube sound with decent tone controls and effects loop. I just wish it came with the foot pedals. I also wish the foot pedals didnt require me to purchase 2 pedals.

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5.0

One of Engl's best products

By JC Legion

from Virginia

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Roadworthy
  • Very Reliable

Cons

  • Footswitch not included

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

I have had this pre-amp along with the ENGL E840/50 power amp for many years, and this thing has the best tone I have ever gotten from an amp. I run a Sonic Maximizer with the setup, and the amp sounds better than our other guitarists Mesa Triple Rec. I have used this product in the studio for demo tracks, and the tone is about as good as what we get from major studios recording our full length albums. I have taken this thing coast to coast several times while touring, and it has never had any problems at all. It's very reliable, and I would highly recommend it to any guitarist looking for a great, warm, crunchy metal tone.

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5.0

Engl 530

By Mike

from Spokane

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

      I use the 530 preamp qith my QSC K12s (Celestion 12s) and the Ksub; I perform with a Spanish Ramirez with LR Baggs pickup and an archtop for Classic Rock; I had used the Baggs Venue but this Engl has alot more pizazz! and clarity for both Spanish guitar solos and Bluesy Rock; I recommend giving this unit a go! and the always cool thing about Friends is you can send it back, you know............

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Attention Metalheads

      By The Metal One

      from Middletown, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

        I play mostly Metal, (occasionally blues/blues-rock) and this has become one of my favorite pieces of gear. I have it paired with a Rocktron Velocity 300. I have tried the internal poweramp this 530 has, and it's pretty good, but to get the most out of this beast, you'd be better off using a separate power amp.
        The tone you get from the e530 can go from shimmering cleans, to just a little breakup, to crunch, to face melting high gain. The gain is where this amp really shines though. With the gain cranked, notes stay articulate, especially when the Contour is engaged. If you play Any kind of modern extreme metal to hard rock or early metal, you will have lots of fun with this amp...
        Believe me, at this price, you are getting a really GREAT deal!

        Comment on this review

        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        DISAPPOINTED!

        By Lost In Oblivion

        from Long Island, New York

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

        I run my Engl E530 with a Rocktron Velocity 300 (great SS poweramp!) and a Digitech GSP1101 in the FX loop. Interestingly enough I think the Clean Channel surpasses the Lead Channel (??!? WHAT ??!?) Let me explain...The clean channel has shown to have GREAT headroom and with the bright switch engaged gets surprisingly chimey. (Note I would not recommend it for country or jazz BUT for the clean tones associated with the Metal and Hard Rock genre they are pretty good) Onto the Lead channel...Off the Bat the unit has a lot of usable gain (If you a high output pup guy and like tons of gain you may enjoy this) I myself use a fair amount BUT overall I find there are 2 tones to be really had, contour switch in fat leads muddy rhythm, and contour out, late 80's metal without the deep mid scoop (raspy, metallic and very tight) for now the unit will work but there are MUCH better options in the 800-!200 range. As well the foot switch does not allow you to control all 4 parameters unless you own a stereo pedal (voodooman) or 2 of the VERY EXPENSIVE (but well built) engl z-4 pedal...overall the digitech gsp1101 that I was hoping to use for FX only has already replaced the Engl in certain applications. Overall Im disappointed but if your into a flat clean and raspy or muddy dirt channel the engl may work. For the genres of music I play (melo-death/ doom) this unit is a let down.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        wow

        By deadplanets

        from denver co.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

        right to the point, this thing has a modern tone that is perfect for anything after 1997 rock. keep in mind i am running it through a mosvalve power amp from tube works . i dontknow anyone using this set up so i have a uniqe tone i also match it with a egnater renagaide with amp switch plus blend it a little wow what a tone . i have yet to play live and not had people coming up to me and saying i am a tone god

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Engl tone at an affordable price.

        By Bloodpuke

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Classic Engl Tone
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

          I've wanted an Engl Savage for a while now, but I'm hesitant to drop that much money on an amp, so I got this instead. I'm really happy with the tones I've been getting out of this. The built in power amp (just a few watts, but surprisingly loud) is perfect for playing at home. It's got that classic Engl crunch that we all love, but for much less than the rest of their amps. The clean channel isn't the cleanest in the world, but with lower output pickups you can get some nice tubey warm tones out of it. I don't think anyone in their right mind buys an Engl for the clean channel though, so who cares. The lead channel is awesome. Some people have said it doesn't quite have enough gain for death metal. They've probably never recorded in a professional studio, where one of the first things you do is turn down the gain to get a clearer tone. With that in mind, with some high output pickups it can play every subgenre of metal, to include death metal - but it does need high output pickups for that. A boost in front of it would probably be perfect, but even without, I am very very happy with the tone of this amp.

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          4.0

          Nice Warm Tube Tone

          By John Ruszin III

          from NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

          Great "Rock" sound, seems to work best for a rock, blues or metal type vibe. Major drawback for live use is it's very noisy, limited footswitching (purchase an aftermarket switch, Engl charges way too much for their switch). Fans of Death Metal may find this a tad lacking with the low end but the gain is off the charts.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent High Gain Preamp

          By Adam Mosh Pit Thompson

          from Bluefield, WV

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • High Gain
          • Portable
          • Price

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

          This thing is great! I was using the coveted Rocktron Piranha preamp before but as soon as I found a reasonably priced E530 I had to do the upgrade! I paired mine with an Engl power amp and I couldn't be happier with the tone! Especially for live sound applications. I know it has a built in power amp that is great for bedroom jamming but this thing truly shines when paired with the right power amp, which in my opinion is about any of them! Another great feature is the low mid and high mid controls! You really can get this thing to thump if and when you need it to! the only con for this thing is the lack of features but that doesn't prevent it from getting 5 stars! if you want features get the special edition preamp! The best suggestion that I can give is to pair this thing with the Engl 840/50 (or higher) power amp! It's pretty awesome seeing that combo in a rack and realizing that you sound better than a-lot of the non Engl professionals out there! BUY IT NOW

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome, too bad MF shipped it wrong

          By apartmentwarrior

          from Denver

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Apartment Friendly
          • Excellent Sound
          • Great sound
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Direct Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

            I bought this preamp specifically for running direct into my Apogee Duet 2 and recording using impulses in Logic. For this application it works great. The cleans are clean, the crunch is crunchy and the leads are...leady? The lead tones and super high gain tones sound awesome through this preamp using impulses (guitarhack, catharsis, god's cab etc...) The only problem I had with this was Musician's Friend screwing up the shipping and not sending my whole order. I requested overnight on the phone. I got charged for 2nd day. Not a huge issue, but they said the only way to change it was to refund my whole order and charge my card again. Charges are taken out immediately while refunds take 7 to 10 days. Lame. Then they shipped the cable I ordered to hook this up to my interface regular postal ground instead of just adding it to the box shipping 2nd day. Next time I order from here, it definitely won't be over the phone. I get better customer service doing it myself online.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome tone with only 1 drawback

            By Krikket

            from Deerfield, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

                  The upside: Never before was I able to dial in such a great tone so quickly!! I have this paired up with an Engl E840/50 power amp for an awesome sound. I also use a Digitech 1101 for effects.
                  The downside: My previous rig was all midi controlled, so I wanted to be able to do the same with this preamp. I had to purchase the Voodoo Labs midi control switcher and cables to achieve this at around $150.
                  You'll have to pruchase some extras in order to control it, but in my opinion, it's totally worth it!!

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