Originally Posted by soul&folk
I searched this and found an amusing thread where some people thought the DBX was starved plate and that was refuted. And then they were dissing the appearance, where the tube glows from behind or something like that.
Did so few people buy the DBX 586 that nobody knows about it?
People who thought the DBX 586 was starved plate were misinformed. The tube glow thing that people were dissing was because there's an orange LED in the tube socket that makes it look as if the tube is glowing brighter than it actually was. This led people to believe that the tube didn't heat up or do anything, and that the 586 was "toob". The reality of it is that preamp tubes BARELY glow as it is, even when they're working normally... so they just put the LED in there to complete the look. To the people who thought that tubes don't do anything to the sound, just swap the tube and you'll hear that the tube does have a huge influence on the colour.
I'm trying to figure out if the DBX 586 would be considered an upgrade from the MPA Gold. The 586 has awful reviews. The MPA Gold has nearly impeccable reviews. But for the people reviewing the DBX, they're reviewing it as a $1700 dual preamp, and when it sounds just a little nasty, they slam it. When the same people review the MPA Gold as a $300 dual preamp, when it sounds just a little pleasant, they praise it.
So, since I can get the DMX 586 for $200, price is out of the equation. Which one is built better, which one has a more desirable sound (subjective), which one has a greater feature set, all not
considering the original price tag...