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Tech 21 Power Engine 60   

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The Tech 21 Power Engine 60 is an open-backed 1x12, 60W powered extension cab designed to be used with the Trademark 60. It is not a standalone piece...Read More

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Lets you make your smaller amp bigger, or just play through your preamp!

The Tech 21 Power Engine 60 is an open-backed 1x12, 60W powered extension cab designed to be used with the Trademark 60. It is not a standalone piece; however, it can be combined with any discrete bass preamp. You don't have to tweak your usual settings or presets. Just plug into the Power Engine and go. It has a level control, 3-band active tone control, 1/4" input, and balanced XLR input and output. You can daisy-chain any number of Power Engine 60s together for the really big gigs.

FEATURES
  • 12" speaker
  • 60W of power
  • Open-backed cab design
  • Level control and three-band active tone
  • Use as an extension for the Trademark and Bronzewood 60s
  • Use as a standalone fronted by any direct-recording device or preamp
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Tech 21Power Engine 60
 
4.9

(based on 42 reviews)

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    (38)

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    (4)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Compact (9)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (16)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally

By 

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Accurate reproduction
  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

    I have used a Floor Pod for recording for some time and have tweaked the presets to fit my guitars and style. I could never get a good live performance sound though. I finally ordered the Power Engine to see if it performed as advertised - gave a faithful reproduction of the sound from the pod. The unit arrived today. I thought I would try out all my guitars with their Floor Pod presets for a quick overview. Two hours later I had only gotten to the second guitar, I couldn't stop playing. A few minor tweaks to my presets and what was coming out of the Power Engine were the same sounds I have been recording direct, only much louder and ballsier. It is exactly what I was looking for. I can't wait to play it live. Good value, excellent sound. Here's to truth in advertising.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Boy, this thing is great.

    By 

    from Hudson Valley, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

      My old 2x12 died and I started thinking about replacement options. I am fond of Tech21 pedals (The "Blonde" personality pedal is a permanent fixture in my rig now...) and the tone they create - so I read about the PE60 and was intrigued. So, as an experiment, I decided to get one and just plug it in to the end of my pedal chain (compressor, Tech21 Blonde, digital delay, chorus, and verb.)

      I am sold -- it sounds awesome. So much better than my old 2x12 setup. All of the tone comes shining through, no extra amp coloration at all. I am thrilled with this thing, and will start gigging with it soon.

      PS I am semi-pro, have a day job but still play daily and gig now and then. Have been playing for 28 years or so -- but this is only the 3rd amp I've ever owned. So I'm hoping this one lasts as long as the first two!

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A+ unit with a Potential Ground Problem

      By 

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

        As stated before, Tech21 designed the Power Engine 60 to work with it's own Sansamp and other amp simulators... It is lightweight and sounds clear and punchy. ***Potential problem*** Some units have incapatable grounding when using the 1/4" input. This creates a loud hum in the Power Engine 60. Fixing this problem is super easy. Simply take an XLR jack and solder the 1 and 3 lugs together. Insert this jack into the Power Engine's XLR input and connect your guitar FX unit through the 1/4" jack. Problem solved. No more Hum. This is a great unit and Tech 21's Customer Service is top notch. I own numerous Tech21 products... Highly Recommended!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works as Advertized

        By 

        from Tucson, AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

          It has always surprised me the most guitar amps are designed to dramatically engineer the guitar sound while there are so many excellent pedals out there that do the same. Why do we need both? In fact, do we really want both since the two approaches can interfere with each other. This amp is perfect for those that prefer to use pedals to shape their sound. It has lots of clear open back power to reproduce the sounds that the pedal makers intended. One of these has plenty of power for most venues but if you need to move more air just get another one connect it with an xlr cable.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Flexible, works and sounds great

          By 

          from Earth

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

            I've had mine for a year and a half. Sounds great. Powerful enough, very flexible. Although my 'modeling' pre-amp has cab simulators, the sound of a good 12 inch guitar speaker is much better to have.

            I bought it for the flexibility; on that it shines.
            I can use it with my 'modeling' preamp for gigs that need all those sounds.
            I use it with a little tube preamp for a clean jazz sound when I don't need the pedal board.
            I use it as a stage monitor out of my board for when I play multiple guitars. Only one amp and no guitar cord changing. As well as when I play my synth guitar I can mix the level to the amp. If need be mix in others in my monitor. Works great this way with guest guitar players too.

            Only thing I would have liked is it both inputs could be use simultaneously, or better a little mixer on board.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            PERFECT GIGGING SOLUTION FOR POD USERS

            By 

            from AUSTIN, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • On Stage With Modellers
              • Performances

              Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

              Depsite being a tube amp user for years and heavily resisting solid state, let alone amp modellers, I picked up a POD XT Live to make recording guitars a lot less of a hassle. It worked well for me BUT I was trying to emulate these tones from my album on stage with little success. Using the POD direct to the PA sounded harsh and artificial to me. So I thought I'd try the Power Engine. Voila! The only recommendations I would make if you are using a POD thru the Power Engine is A) USE THE COMBO POWER AMP setting on the output so that the amp mic emulation is eliminated and B) avoid using the distortion/overdrive emulators on the pod. What I find sounds best is using a great distortion pedal that you like for higer gain (ie. Tube Screamer, Boss OD, Blues Driver, etc.) and using a mostly clean amp model on the POD. The emulated distortions just sound bad in a live environment.

              Overall, the Power Engine 60 is perfect for small gigs (up to say a 200 person room) & rehearsals. This will be my gigging amp and I'm a tube guy. It just works and it sounds great, looks great, weighs nothing and is dead simple to use.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product

              By 

              from Lexington NC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality
              • Light weight
              • Sounds good

              Cons

              • none

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

              I bought this to use with a guitar processor.(Boss GT3)It sounds great. I was using a keyboard amp and this is a lot better to get clean power for the speaker simulator. The quality on the build seems to be really good and the best part is it's light weight.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Can't wait to buy a second one

              By 

              from Houston, TX

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

                  Bought the power engine to pair up with the hd 500. Works great ... A couple of tips to make it sound great.
                  1 use xlr cable to keep the hum from the PE down
                  2 install a Jay Mitchell foam doughnut ( look it up on the gear page )as a beam blocker
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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works well with a pedalboard

                  By 

                  from Minnesota: The Great White North Almost

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Bulky/Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

                  I use this with my BOSS GT-10. It is transparent. The sound I hear if I use my headphones is exactly the sound that comes out of the Power Engine.Even my acoustic through the GT-10 into the Power Engine sounds great. Between the pedalboard and the Power Engine My "system" is easy to setup,use, and break down. Lots of volume if needed.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect for my HD500 Modeler!!

                  By 

                  from Long Beach, CA

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

                    I bought this thing for my HD500 and let me tell you this amp is a perfect match!! The Celestion sound great with the POD. I also own one of the old Tech 21 PE 60 with the 2112a speaker inside, so now I have two and in stereo this rig is SWEEEEET!!!!!

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