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Engl Tube Preamp E 530 

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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, ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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SPECIFICATIONS

Tube Preamp E 530

  • 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 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One Kick Butt Preamp

I've been playing rack gear using my Mesa Mark V Twenty Five as the preamp for about 1.5 years now. I really wanted a rack preamp with two channels so I could run a...Read complete review

I've been playing rack gear using my Mesa Mark V Twenty Five as the preamp for about 1.5 years now. I really wanted a rack preamp with two channels so I could run a true stereo rig. My first choice was a Mesa Triaxis, but the cost of those (new and used) are just too much. I had been eyeing this Engl as my second choice and I went ahead and pulled the trigger on it when I saw MF had a slightly blemished one with a full warranty at a good discount price. First impression was a 9 out of 10. Two minor complaints. One is the clean channel isn't quite as good as the "fat" clean setting on the Mark V. Don't get me wrong, the clean channel is awesome on the Engl, but the Mesa is slightly better. The Engl just doesn't sound as full. Swapping the factory preamp tubes out will more than likely put this on par with the Mesa though. High gain channels between the Engl and Mesa are different animals and I prefer the Engl. Mesa is superb, but the Engl is more brutal and it is more articulate, even at higher gain settings. You can dial in a very tight, punchy and focused sound, which I love. The second minor complaint is that it can be a little nasally sounding. Which can be good and bad. I have yet to replace my single channel EQ with a 2 channel, so when I do that will probably help cleaning up the sound more to my liking. Once again, new preamp tubes may help too. All of the controls are very touchy and responsive. You can go from good to bad and bad to good with minor adjustments. VERY versatile preamp. This thing will do a very broad range of tones and do it well. This is the first Engl product I've owned and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. Scale of 1-10, I'd give it 9.5. It's one of those pieces of gear that I know I'll keep forever, unlike so many others.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DISAPPOINTED!

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...Read complete review

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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Top Notch Pre Amp for your Rack Rig

By Wooden Robot

from California

Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

The ENGL E 530 Tube preamp is truly top notch. If you are looking for the heart of your rack system look no further. It has every thing a good pre amp should have. Plenty of tone shaping option. multiple levels of gain on each channel. You can go from sparkle clean to melt your face of Distortion. If you have a old foot switch from a marshall you can use this to switch channels and the reverb button becomes your boost/solo option. Other great features about this pre amp it integrates very easy into you existing setup. There are so many different outputs one for recording, one for a power amp, effects loop, aux out, aux in. The big deal is though the ease to change the tubes. 4 screws and you are in pull out existing tubes place in your personal favorite. This pre Amp will never leave my rack.

(6 of 8 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!

    (4 of 4 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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid Design and Sound

      By PJT

      from Beaumont, TX

      Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

      This preamp is awesome! I purchased it to go in my studio for direct recording. I use it with my Yamaha AW16G or through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack to my Macbook. Either way it's got a warm, great sound straight to the track. There's lots of tone options with the features. Definitely consider this Engl preamp. Solid German engineering. It's a "real" amp sound; not an amp modeling wanna be.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely Amazing!

      By L Bailey

      from Ayrshire, Iowa

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      Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

      Overall, 10/10. I honestly couldn't find anything that I wished would've been different, nor did I find any downfall that I didn't excpect. As I stated, the tone is fantastic along with my Peavey 50/50 power amp and my array of different 1x12 and 2x12 cabs. FANTASTIC!
      The features are incredible! This thing has footswitchable EVERYTHING. The only button on this amp that you cannot control with a footswitch is the 'Bright' switch on the clean channel. Other than that, perfect. The headphone amp sounds pretty bad, but let's face it, it's only a headphone amp. Direct out to a speaker cab sounds fantastic, however, and makes up for it tremendously.

      This is probably the first amp I've owned that can dial in a Djent tone without a boost in front of it. It doesn't stop there, though. You can get just about ANY tone you wanted out of this little guy. Fantastic cleans and killer distortion make this a GREAT buy for any user that wants versatility. Throw in a TS-9 in front of it, and the range of fantastic tones becomes even larger! I LOVE THIS PREAMP!
      This thing is built like a tank. Plain and simple. Not much else to say here.
      In my opinion, this thing is worth much more than the price I paid for it. It is incredible.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent for Modern Rock/Metal

      By EatBreathLiveMetal

      from California

      Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

      I've had this for around 5 months and have just now settled on a tone I think is better than the others. Not that its hard to find a good tone, but its hard to decide which you like the best because they are all pretty great. That being said there are a few down sides to this preamp and I will list them in a sec.For features this thing has 2 channels each with a hi/low gain setting. They call this 4 channels, but the "4" separate channels don't have separate controls so you be the judge. The clean channel has regular 3 band EQ, a bright switch (which seems redundant, at least for me cause its always on), the lead channel has a 4 band (low, low-mid, hi-mid and hi) with a contour button that boosts mids (basically a reverse scoop button).Ok here is what I don't like:Footswitch is godawful expensive for no reason at all. It's a stereo phono switch that can be used to control either Clean/Lead channel or the hi/low setting. So guess what you need 2 of them! and they are around 100 bucks each. In addition to this, in order to go from Hi Gain lead to Low Gain Clean (which you will need a lot) you need to hit 2 switches at once by turning your foot sideways and clicking both buttons. Going from hi gain lead to hi gain clean (needing only 1 switch) will work for some applications but you will have a good crunch in there still and not really great for clean parts. So people needing to switch on effects for their clean channel (like me) need to hit 3!!! switches at once just to change channels properly.Fortunately SwitchDoctor (google him) builds a custom 2 stereo cable switch with 4 buttons that have 2 sets of buttons close to each other so you can do the 2 button click really easily.The other thing is that the lead channel has almost no low end at all, and with the crazy mids it has you will cut through the mix stupid easy making sound-checks interesting.The stock tubes leave a little to be desired, I put tung sols in.If you dont have shielded cables you will be very sorry!!Lastly, NO EFFECTS, not a huge deal but thought I'd point it out, not even a crappy digital reverb.Other than those it is a great unit at a great price and I would buy another if I lost this one.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One Kick Butt Preamp

      By Matthewl0799

      from Canton, OH

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      Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

      I've been playing rack gear using my Mesa Mark V Twenty Five as the preamp for about 1.5 years now. I really wanted a rack preamp with two channels so I could run a true stereo rig. My first choice was a Mesa Triaxis, but the cost of those (new and used) are just too much. I had been eyeing this Engl as my second choice and I went ahead and pulled the trigger on it when I saw MF had a slightly blemished one with a full warranty at a good discount price. First impression was a 9 out of 10. Two minor complaints. One is the clean channel isn't quite as good as the "fat" clean setting on the Mark V. Don't get me wrong, the clean channel is awesome on the Engl, but the Mesa is slightly better. The Engl just doesn't sound as full. Swapping the factory preamp tubes out will more than likely put this on par with the Mesa though. High gain channels between the Engl and Mesa are different animals and I prefer the Engl. Mesa is superb, but the Engl is more brutal and it is more articulate, even at higher gain settings. You can dial in a very tight, punchy and focused sound, which I love. The second minor complaint is that it can be a little nasally sounding. Which can be good and bad. I have yet to replace my single channel EQ with a 2 channel, so when I do that will probably help cleaning up the sound more to my liking. Once again, new preamp tubes may help too. All of the controls are very touchy and responsive. You can go from good to bad and bad to good with minor adjustments. VERY versatile preamp. This thing will do a very broad range of tones and do it well. This is the first Engl product I've owned and I couldn't be happier with the purchase. Scale of 1-10, I'd give it 9.5. It's one of those pieces of gear that I know I'll keep forever, unlike so many others.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of Engl's best products

      By JC Legion

      from Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (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.

        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Musician's Friend Return experience.

        By Immolateus

        from Earth

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        Comments about Engl Tube Preamp E 530:

        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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