I've been using a Blackstar HT-100 for quite some time. While it's a good amp, I've been wanting to try something different, and I was looking at using separate pre-amps and power-amps. While I am looking at different things, I loved the tone from a Mesa Triaxis/Mesa 2:90 combination.

What I am curious about is the amount of tone the 2:90 contributed to that sound. While I know that most of the tone came from the Triaxis, I found out that the presence control has a huge effect on my tone (I like lots of it). The presence control is part of the power-amp, right?

Before I ramble on too much, which would change my tones the most: hooking the Triaxis to the HT-100's power amp, or hooking the HT-100's pre amp into the Two Ninety? Why?

(I'm mostly interested in the metal/distortion tones, but I also like teh kleenz too.)
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Last edited by Dakatsu at Aug 16, 2013,
If you're not cranking into power tube breakup area. the preamp will always make way, way more difference. The power amp does make a difference, but IMO the difference is more about feel and response, moreso than straight up in your face tone.
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If the power section has a phase inverter unit, and multiple power tubes, it will sound different than a single-ended design.

You have push-pull class A, push-pull class AB, and single-ended class A.


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The Triaxis is a better preamp than the Ht100's by a larger margin than the 2:90 is better than the HT power amp. That's what you are asking, yes?
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