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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tech 21 rocks

By 4NormandyGuitar

from Dirty Jersey

Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

Does what it claims to do. Very versatile
This amp has done everything that I've needed and expected it to do. It does exactly what it says and amplifies what you put through it without any digital effect sound or any preamp tones that most amps will give you. I have been through 5 different marshalls and 2 vox amps looking for a good sound and each amp had one great sound but I could never get the channels to interact with each other the way I wanted. I turned to tech 21 character pedals but when I ran them through the marshall and vox the amps tweeked the sound in their own way, even when the preamp was bypassed. One marshall even malfunctioned from bypassing the preamp. I got a gread deal on one of these used and I won't use anything else for practice or gigs. I run a tech 21 liverpool and california on my board into an ART tube preamp to the PE. The tube preamp just adds a bit more warmth with the real tub, even though it really is not needed. I also have a fishman Aura sixteen on my board and power it through PE and it works great. I have had multiple people come up to me and ask how I get such a great acoustic sound out of what looks to be an electric guitar amp. If you have an acoustic electric with an onboard preamp this amp will power it without an additional preamp like the Aura. If your acoustic electric just has a pick-up you will need some type of acoustic preamp before running it to this amp. Because of tech 21 products I can do full electric sets, acoustic sets, or mix them up all with the same rig.
It is a bit pricey for what it actually does.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for the working musician.

By Chuck Finley

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

    Okay, here is the deal. A lot of people buy this to use modelers with it. This is's intended use. However, I bought it to run my tube preamp with it. I have had this for about 6 months. Here is what I've found:

    1) Plenty of power. This thing can roar if you need it to.

    2) Do not thing of the controls on the back as your "main" control knobs.

    Example, I don't rely on the volume knob on the back for my level, I think of it as a "wattage control" or a maximum volume control.

    Then, I use the output gain on my pre to control my actual volume. Think of tone the same way. Bottom line, you will probably want an equalizer if you plan on using this amp stand alone.

    All said and done, this a GREAT sounding amp! I love it. I cannot say enough good things about it. I am actually considering buying another one to have as a back up, or daisy chain the two together.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Power Engine 60

    By michael ward

    from in a cardboard box

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    Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

    This is the beginning of a long and meaningful relationship.
    Honestly,save yourself a lot of time and money,if you have any preamp (I use POD XT) there is no better choice out there for live usage.I know I tried them all !.
    Built like a brick----house and look nice at the same time.
    I would get another if anything happened to this one.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Power Engine Does the Job!! And then some....

    By Jammer78-TirU4

    from Boston, MA

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    Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

    Very happy with my purchase. Sounds great and the vintage grill and styling does this amp justice. I don't like to opinionize things often but when I do its the straight out truth.... you won't be dissapointed with using these amps with any pre-amp device.
    Just like all the other ratings my search for the perfect sounding amp with the use of my Line 6 HD500 is over. I run two of these Tech 21 Power Engine 60's on stands in stereo and it's like the audience is wearing headphones. Crystal clear audio from the guitar to the HD500 to the PE60's right to your ears ... I sold all my tube amps and now I'm a dedicated Tech 21 believer and fan!!
    Solid built, Quality exceeds expectations for such a small 1x12 amp
    For a one-trick pony it is priced fair, no ther product out there to really compare it to unless you're going direct to a PA

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Can't wait to buy a second one

    By Htown jammin

    from Houston, TX

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    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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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Solid Sound from Solid State!

        By Swede

        from Prospect, CT

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

          Have tried many options over the years for amplifying various guitar rack preamps and effect units. The Power Engine is by far the best...it allows you to get that ever elusive "headphone tone" via amplified speakers. The Celestions are ideal for guitar and this unit is built like a tank. The EQ section allows you to boost the frequencies you need to compensate for room dynamics..no hocus pocus...just high, low and mid controls that really work. I have seen some comments about noise...these reviewers need to check their noise source...for in a properly connected, high quality, power filtered and grounded rack system these amps are absolutely noise free.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Kluso

          By KLUSO

          from Okinawa, Japan

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          Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

          Bought this to go with my Vox Tonelab and I was not disappointed. I wanted to dump my HEAVY Vox 2x120 Valvetronix (I'm getting too old to lug that around). Before I bought the Tonelab I read reviews that suggested using an amp that would not "color" the Tonelab's true output tone and the Tech 21 seemed to fit that bill. The matchup is truly awesome and the unfettered sound reproduction of the Tech 21 Power Engine is perfect. As a stage monitor or main amp, power chain, or output to mixer it works flawlessly. Played outdoors for first time this week, put main power at about 65% and it almost blew me off the stage.Also Tech 21 customer support was great when I had questions about operating on Japanese power grid (100V vs 120V). Only desire is that it have an optional 1/4 inch output to go along with the XLR out. I highly recommend this product for anybody needing more clean BOOST to their amp chain or running a multi-efx amp modeling board.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Power Engine 60 perfect for this application

          By Community User

          from Colorado

          Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

          Have been looking around, trying for the right amp to use with my Pod HD500, and this one fits the bill! Lightweight, plenty of power and small enough to fit in a Tuffbox Roadcase ALONG WITH the HD500. I leave the mids flat and give a very slight boost to lows and highs. Also I've found that that I like most of the HD500's presets best when using it in Studio/Direct mode (instead of Combo Power Amp in).
          The beauty of this box is it's simplicity.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          the answer to all your floor processor needs

          By don norris

          from iowa

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          Comments about Tech 21 Power Engine 60:

          Overall this is a awesome amp. I plugged in my podhd500 and adjusted the pw60's eq and rocked out. I've got a Bugera 1960 fullstack and I ran the pods outputs to the pw60 and the Bugera which is 150watts and the pw60 had the same volume level with them both cranked. It wasn't fuller sounding because of course 1 speaker doesn't push as much air as 8 but the volume level was there. If you daisy chained 4 of these together and some miner eq adjustments to the pw60's it would eat a average amp head and 4x12 for lunch. The eq on the pw60 can create speaker lag for metal or country twang it doesn't color the preamp of my podhd500 but the eq really gives the celestion lots of different charactoristics. Picking it up is like picking up a case of beer. It is light. And loud. You'll defenatly hear it over a drummer and on stage and I play metal. I am selling my stack to buy another pw60.
          Great amp xlr and 1/4 in. Active eq that doesn't color the tone. Celestion seventy/80 speaker. Quality built in the u.s.a.
          Great quality all around.
          Great value very loud for the price.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A+ unit with a Potential Ground Problem

          By UnskinnyBop

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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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