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Quilter versus Tech 21 Blonde

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Charlie Bernstein, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hey!

    I have a Quilter Microblock 45 mini-amp and a Tech 21 Blonde stompbox.

    The Quilter is for plugging into a 210 cabinet, and the Blonde is for plugging into PAs.

    My questions:

    - Can the Quilter run straight into a PA?

    - Can the Blonde run straight into the 210 cab?
    If they can, I might get rid of one.

    Thanks!
     
  2. The Angle

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    The Tech 21 can't power a speaker cabinet. It's essentially a preamp, so it needs to be coupled with a power amp before driving speakers at any sort of volume.

    I've never used the Quilter you mention, but it is a power amp, right? So you should be able to run the Tech 21 into the Quilter and then into a 2x10 cab.
     
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  3. Charlie Bernstein

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    Thanks!

    And what about the Quilter? What happens if I plug it into a PA? Kaboom?
     
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    I just looked up the Quilter's manual online. I quote: "The OUTPUT JACK MARKED SPEAKER must be connected ONLY to a separate 4-16 ohm speaker. Do not connect to electronic inputs. The HEADPHONE OUTPUT may be used to feed other electronic inputs or standard headphones."
     
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    I'm almost positive that the Quilter Micro 45 is...right.

    I think the Quilter Interblock 45 can be used instead of your Tech21 directly into a PA. Meaning, it has cabinet emulation and a balanced line out.
     
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    The OP has a MicroBlock 45; not the InterBlock 45.
     
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    From the manual. You cannot connect the speaker out to an electronic input - it has to go to a speaker. It's just too powerful for a mixer or pa input.
    You can connect the headphone out to a mixer or panel.

    What I'm not clear on is whether you MUST connect the speaker out to a speaker to use the amp or if you can use it only as a preamp.

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    So, the OP could buy, for instance, and ALTO FRFR powered speaker, and get rid of the Quilter and the 2x10 cab.


     
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    The Interblock can,. the Microblock can not run direct to PA.
     
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  10. W.L.Weller

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    No, the Microblock (and all solid state amps I have read about) do NOT NEED to be connected to a speaker to prevent damage to the amplifier.

    This is confusing, because vacuum tube power amplifiers ALWAYS NEED a reactive (speaker) load connected to their outputs to prevent damage to the amplifier. [This doesn't mean you can plug the speaker output into PA or other inputs expecting an instrument or line level.]

    If you like the sound out of the Microblock 45 headphone output plugged into the PA, you don't ever need to plug it into a speaker cabinet.
     
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  11. Charlie Bernstein

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    Now I know everything. Thanks!
     
  12. Charlie Bernstein

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    Re 3: I wonder why anyone would hook it up to earmuffs or an abucus.

    =O.
     
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  13. Charlie Bernstein

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    Now there's an idea! I'll try it sometime and hear how it sounds.
     
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