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    A few questions about the DAV BG1

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    I know that people here seem quite polarized about this thing and that there are plenty of topics about the BG1, but I have a few specific questions I'd like to ask.

    It seems that everyone that has it is borderline fanatical about it
    In fact, I was was just reading a topic over at gearslutz, and one engineer that has been recording classical for 25 years boldy stated that it was "the best mic amp in the world"

    I'm looking for a really natural, realistic clean preamp for acoustic-based stuff. I want open, super-present vocals, as if you were in the room with the singer. I'm not really interested in coloration. Does this sound like a job a BG1 could do well?

    I've currently got an RNP which is great, but I just heard clips of a grand piano A/B'd with an RNP and a DAV, and the difference was quite noticable. Both sounded great, but the DAV was noticably more clear and detailed. And I'm not just saying that, I did 6 blind tests, all 6 I favored the DAV.

    The fact that the BG1 has no DI kind of bothers me. But to tell you the truth, all I use DI's for is bass and keyboard, and I cannot for the life of me distinguish basses on different DI's. And for keyboard all I am looking for is accurate reproduction of the onboard sounds. Can someone give me a few pointers for a cheapo DI that would do the job well for my applications.

    And the DAV BG1 is 700 shipped in the US right? It's kind of irritating that there are no prices listed.

    Oh and one more question. The fact that the BG1 doesn't have seperate phantom controll for each channel.....Phantom power can't hurt lets say an SM57 can it?

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    Love mine, use it as often as my Phoenix and My Hardy. Very clean and plenty of gain. As clean as any I've ever used and I sold my RNP as soon as I got the DAV ( no dis on the RNP, I used that a bunch, the DAV just sounds better to me). I think they are more than $700 now but you will love it for stereo acoustic or overheads. I used it recently on a remote, recording a guys baby grand and it was really schaweet!@
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    Love the sound of mine- Should be called the BiG-One

    Most people who love them, own them... and love them for the sound...

    Most who hate them... do so because the build and components don't really justify the price...

    But Chess finds them pretty sexy to look at...
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    I love my BG-1 as well. It has a characteristically big sound, wide deep and open.

    The people that diss this preamp are the ones that haven't heard it, have never used it, or even held it in their hands. Seriously, carefully read the posts of the people knocking this preamp. You'll be able to easily see that they are talking smack about a preamp that they have never *heard* and therefore know nothing about. An opinion like that is not one to pay attention to.

    It does not matter that the BG-1 or any other preamp does not have a DI. Most don't. Adding DI's to preamps as a matter of course is a relatively new phenomenon. If you need a DI ahead of the preamp, buy a DI. The only time you would do that is to run an instrument or synth through the preamp.

    I'd recommend not getting a cheapo DI though. Why buy a great preamp and then stick a cheapo DI in front of it? That makes no sense to me, because the DI has a big effect on the sound as well.

    Take a look at the Radial ProD2 direct box. It's not cheapo, but the quality is high. Or maybe a couple Whirlwind IMP2's, which would be a little less. I wouldn't go with anything Behringer or super cut rate though.

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    thanks guys

    I'm am totally sold on the BG1, I just listened to femail vox on the DAV, and also through a Great River and was stunned to realize the DAV sounded bigger and more detailed. (Just my opinion of course!!!!)

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    the Whirlwind IMP2 looks very reasonably priced, I think I'll get one of those
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    DAV Electronics also make the DAV BG1u which is a rackmountable version with DI.

    http://www.davelectronics.com/bg1u.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickiefunk View Post
    DAV Electronics also make the DAV BG1u which is a rackmountable version with DI.

    http://www.davelectronics.com/bg1u.htm
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    yeah I looked at the rackmountable one, but I don't have a rack to begin with, so I decided against it.

    Either way, I've already bought the BG1, found one on ebay for $699 last night!

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    I don't dis the amp, just the douchebags that own them. Kind of like Macs.

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