much as the Amplite itself. For my own micro
amps, I carry a 2', 16-gauge speaker cable
that gets the job done just fine.
I do have a few quibbles. One is that the
knob indicator dots are nearly invisible.
Another is that these two amps have always-
on fans. Although they’re not loud, they are
audible and might knock the Headlite out
of contention for recording studio or home
practice if you’re fussy. Neither of my tiny
amps with similar power specs has a fan, and
a buddy’s micro amp has a heat-sensitive fan
that only comes on when it’s needed. SWR
might consider changing the fan design to
boost the Headlite’s versatility. Finally, the
feet on these amps are made of a fairly hard
material. As a result, the amp may slide while
you’re making adjustments.
In all, the Headlite captures SWR’s signature
tone and packs a lot of features into an
incredibly small package. An optional footswitch includes muting, effects-loop switching, and a tuner to make the device even
more convenient. So if you’re after a tiny
amp that works well with electric bass, the
Headlite (and its Amplite sibling) might be
just the answer.
you need a versatile micro bass amp
and you can get the job done with
400 watts at 4 ohms.
you play loud, loud, loud—or soft
enough that you’d notice the internal
fan—or you’re rough on your gear.
Street Headlite $700, Amplite $550
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