Need guidance for a power amp for Synergy rack setup

Which set up would you recommend?

  • Tube power amp (specify model, if you have a suggestion).

    Votes: 10 100.0%
  • Stick with the modeling power amp. It's good enough.

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    10

skhan007

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Please let me know what you guys might advise, based on a couple of options that I'm working through. I'm currently playing my SYN-2 set up in a home studio situation, using headphones almost all the time. Currently, I'm running the SYN-2 into my Two Notes CAB-M and using the power amp simulation in addition to cab IR's. The power amp simulation is OK and let's face it- it's simply modeling some EQ curves that one may get with a real tube power amp set up. It's decent enough.

I have run the SYN-2 into my tube amps via 4 cable method with good tonal results, but it's a sloppy and tedious set up that's quite messy and inconvenient (accessing back of racks, running cables everywhere, having to troubleshoot hum, flipping things around, etc.). I'd just rather consider a dedicated (preferably rack-mounted) power amp.

On the Synergy thread, some of you have commented that it's an acceptable idea to run the SYN-2 into a tube power amp and then into my Suhr Reactive Load to get back to line level. Since I'm not looking for big wattage, a simple tube power amp could do the trick. If you have recommendations for such a unit, please let me know- I know there's the discontinued Mesa 2020, the 20 watt Mooer Tube Engine, and of course for much more money, the Synergy 5050 (but I don't think need that much power and don't prefer to spend the big bucks, if avoidable). Your input is greatly appreciated.
 

Kelly

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Any of the Fryettes and Mesas are great, and KSR is now building tube power amps too. I haven't seen any reviews yet, but their amps are really nice.
 

skhan007

Silver Supporting Member
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I’m running my SYN2 into the effects return of my 50 watt 6l6 amp right now, at the suggestion of some forum members. Good results so far, but curious if a low wattage mono rack mount tube power amp exists?
 
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RipperShred

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I’m running my SYN2 into the effects return of my 50 watt 6l6 amp right now, at the suggestion of some forum members. Good results so far, but curious if a low wattage mono rack mount tube power amp exists?
Fryette PS has a rack mount kit if you need to rack it... Pretty sure lol
 




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