SM-1500 Review

manufacturer: SWR date: 05/30/2008 category: Bass Amplifiers
SWR: SM-1500
A unique combination of modern sounds and effects, effortlessly blended with classic engineering and feel makes this beastly amp an instant classic.
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 8
 Reliability & Durability: 9
 Features: 10
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overall: 8.8
SM-1500 Reviewed by: UG Team, on may 30, 2008
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Price paid: $ 1799

Sound: While this amp takes a decent amount of time to figure out, the work is well worth the payoff. You will find this to be one of the most sonically versatile amps on the market today. From the first note you play on this amp, you realize, this amp has some serious guts! Straight out of the box it starts producing incredibly rich, deep, mellow tones that really boom. But this certainly isn't where it's sonic capabilities end. I was especially impressed with the punchy, clear, but warm sound that could be achieved. This is attained through careful manipulation of the compressor and the aural enhancer. The Aural Enhancer is one of my favorite of the SWR features. It adds presence, punch and warmth, while still accentuating perfectly every note that comes out of the bass. Overall, with a hearty time investment you can make this amp produce a myriad of tones. // 8

Reliability & Durability: While this amp is built like a tank, it also weighs about as much as one. It has a rugged black stainless steel chassis, that really will take a beating. The handles are attached securely and there is no play in the rack ears. However all of this combined with some massive transformers really make this 67 pound amp a real beast. // 9

Overall Impression: While this amp has almost limitless sonic possibilities, they are difficult at best to access. That being said it is truly amazing what this amp does. If you are looking for one unit to take to a gig, that will cover any size room, this will really do it for you. SWR really didn't miss a trick. I was pleasantly surprised at the versatility and sonic range of the on board compressor. The dual equalizers can be blended and combined in more ways than is possibly imaginable. Bottom line; if you are willing to put up with some extra weight, this amp will service your needs, in whatever situation you can think of, for much longer that you can use it. // 8

- Nicholas Cole-Klaes (c) 2008

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