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Preamps choice - The Brick or TLA 5051

Discussion in 'Preamps & Processing' started by Hemmick Reef, Nov 1, 2005.

  1. Hemmick Reef

    Hemmick Reef Guest

    I was wondering if there would be much in quality/sound difference between the two preamps mentioned here.

  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Quality - nah, they're both pretty good.

    Sound, yep. The TLA stuff is technically tube, but doesn't have the same topology as the brick. In general, you'll hear more low-harmonic distortion from the tube which will imply that "warm" sound. From the TLA, you'll get kind of a warm sound, but in general, cleanliness is what you should expect from the TLA.

    I've only played with the brick a little and so far, it's fine. I used a few of the older TLAs quite extensively and thought for the money, they're hard to beat. (Actually, I toyed with buying one of their consoles or an M3 for a while.)

    In that price range though, my money is still on the Summit 2BA-221.

  3. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    If you are looking at those units, check out the Sebatrons too.
    They have a UK distributor now.

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