The tiny-yet-menacing follow-up to Blackheart Engineering's Little Giant 5, the BH1H "Killer Ant" ($139.99 estimated street price) is the first truly attainable, boutique-quality, fractional tube amp. Boasting Class A, single-ended circuitry, this lil' bugger delivers the tasty, touch-responsive tube tone of a classic monster, but growls at volumes more suitable for apartment dwellers and home studio recording.
The Killer Ant embraces a fully classic, all-tube circuit; but, instead of a high power tube output section, it sports a clever, all-tube power block pumping out a mere fraction of one watt. The result is a Bic-flickin' arena rock tone at a bedroom level, so no more pissed off neighbors, bitchy wives or girlfriends, or cryin' babies that have just been scared awake by your beast.
Designed to mate with the Killer Ant (it's not really as disgusting as that sounds), Blackheart's new slightly-larger-than-palm-sized BH110 "Killer Cab" ($139.99 street price) features a single 10-inch Eminence driver co-designed by Pyotr Belov that is perfectly paired to pull huge body out of the amplifier. Four-, eight- and 16-ohm extension speaker jacks further allow guitarists to hook the Ant into virtually any cab they like, including a 4X12.
Those who judge this amp based on the manufacturer will be the ones losing out. Belov builds great amps... a few people who actually own or heard a Belov creation know this.Im tired of the "Crate hate". My V32 while maybe not the best built amp is a great sounding one. I couldnt ask for more in a 30 watt tube amp that cost less than 500$ Bob
i was wondering the same thing... in light of this, anybody have anything to share on headroom in the 5w? say, maybe in comparison for a valve jr?I wonder if the Killer Ant has any headroom at all?
Very very interesting... Ever since I read about the DIY "firefly" amp (ax84), and also the Little Lanilei, I've been waiting for the big makers to jump on the "bedroom bandwagon", with fractional-watt amps. But few have. Very very interesting...