Engl E670 Amp Shootout
How will the Splawn Nitro Compare?

  Engl E670 Tube Amp

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 Engl E670 Special Edition  - all in mp3  Nitro Sounds - all in mp3
Clean Sound
Rhythm Sound
Heavy Rhythm Sound
Lead Sound
Clean Sound
Rhythm Sound
Heavy Rhythm Sound
Lead Sound
   
 Specifications  Specifications
4 channels: Clean, Crunch, Lead 1, Lead 2, each one in modern or classic mode, featuring mega-low punch, noise gate, 3 FX loops (one serial, two parallel), tube driver circuit (extra channel plus EQ for direct switching to power amp), 5 x ECC 83 preamp tubes
 
Master Section:
100 watts (4 x EL 34 tubes), half-drive mode (50 watts), Master A/B switch, Presence A/B switch, Deep Boost, electronic tube protection circuit, Speaker A/B switch.
 
Outputs:
Balanced recording out, cable test/impedance check, Speaker A/B out (4, 8, 16 ohms), Z-9 footswitch port, MIDI In/THRU.
 
MIDI-programmable functions at a glance, storable in any combination as required:
Channel switches, preamp boosts, normal/ultra bright, modern/classic mode, preamp defeat, FX loops, tube driver circuit, mega-low punch, depth boost, reverb, noise gate, Master A/B, Presence A/B, Speaker A/B, Half-Power switch (100/50 watts).
 
New Splawn Nitro 100 watt Head
Splawn tone with more saturation
Voiced for bigger low end and lower midrange
Clean w/ Independent EQ, Rhythm and Lead channel
Solo boost and Resonance control
Overdrive channel has an OD1/OD2
footswitch function (which gives you a gain setting for rhythm and lead sounds)
Effects loop
Half power switch
Three button footswitch w/ LED's
F/S functions
#1 Clean & Overdrive
#2 OD1 & OD2
#3 Solo Boost
Heyboer Transformers
with choice of Mullard EL34's, Tung Sol EL34B  or Sovtek KT88's
   
 Our views  Our Views
There is absolutely no doubt that the E670 is a world leading amp - but at the cost of it - it should be. It does not really matter what guitar you play, or style, this amp will have the sound in it that you are looking for.

It has every bell and whistle you can imagine (visit www.englamps.co.uk to see more about the E670) and even some you cannot imagine. The amp was developed by Horst Langer who has been with Engl from the start and he is in fact an awesome engineer/designer.

There are all of the effects loops you would ever need, the amp can be very well controlled from midi (I use a ground control for that and it works perfectly) and you can even store channels with different settings for each midi channel right on the amp.

There are many options and buttons on the front of this amp for pure tone mastery - and make no mistake - this amp is probably up there with the best there is in both quality, design and features coupled with some of the best sounds in the world across the board.

This amp WILL absolutely do all styles of music.

There is external Bias controls which are easy to use and the amp can have EL34 or 6L6 tubes installed. The amp IS switchable for different countries regarding mains input.


There's a standard warranty on all Engl kit and it is currently one year parts and labour. The tubes, again (as you will read over and over) have 90 days warranty from supply.

There are no vinyl options on this amp from the Manufacturer - period - so if you want a good looking 'different' feel for your amp...  tough.

Negatives: The Price and the Weight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall I felt that the Engl E670 has at least the same build quality (if not better) and offered far more things a real musician can use every day.

The Nitro is really a fine amp, but it is being compared with an amp that is twice the price. Money is not a good indicator of worth, but in the case of the E670 there are so many other features and benefits it just outshines the Nitro - it's that simple.

So in this particular shootout, I chose the E670 as the winner (but like I said on this site many times - there are NO losers).

The Nitro packs a punch - of that there is no doubt in my mind. This amp was developed for the guitarist that needed that extra drive and more importantly that bottom end that this amp just loves to deliver.

Each and every one of these amps is custom made for the user by Splawn based in Dallas, North Carolina, USA and there is a waiting list - always a good sign of a hot product.

The one on this site was bought towards the end of 2008 and was delivered a few months later in awesome condition which oozed quality right out of the box. There were absolutely no issues whatsoever with this amps pedigree and build quality.

The options when buying enable you to buy an amp customised for you and a unique product. Fortunately, most guitarists have never heard of Splawn amps - and that's a good thing if you are in the market - firstly because the wait time is kept reasonable (and quality will matter at production) but secondly that you will be buying one of the worlds premier manufactured and designed products for what is really an awesome price and extremely hard to beat.


The Nitro is a 100 Watt head which utilises a few tubes (which you can specify at order time) such as EL34, KT88 etc and likely there are more options if you contact Splawn directly.

Basically it's a two channel amp with extra 'solo' options residing on a foot pedal. It does not have all the bells and whistles of some amps on this site, but it does have a effects loop which is switchable, it does have a mains voltage switch for different countries and it does have an awesome tone.

There's also a handy half power switch if you want to be half soaked ( :-) ).

The amp features a great resonance control that can change this fire breathing monster in to somewhat of a pussy (in the nicest sense of the word) so that it is quite tame - for other styles of music than just modern heavy rock.

This amp comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty to the original owner of the amp, but tubes and transformers are just 90 days... it seems every manufacturer wants to semi warranty those parts...  yet in law they would be liable for failure (at least here in the UK they would).

In any case - it is very unlikely you will need the warranty - or indeed the manual - this amp is as easy to play though as you can get.

This amp is one of the best kept secrets and the best priced top end gear amps available anywhere in the world today.

Negatives: None.

 Price: Euros 2879  Price: $1950 ($2250 Export)
 Commercial Track with E670 HERE - in mp3
 Second Commercial Track E670 HERE - in mp3
 Third Commercial Track with E670 HERE - in mp3
 
The main advantage of this amp over the Splawn Nitro in fact is the flexibility to almost achieve any style. Sure there will be some sounds you cannot get from the Engl E670, but they are really far and few between - linked with the amazing flexibility of this amp there really is no contest. You CAN achieve at least as good a tone with this monster as you can with the Nitro. But remember - it is typically twice the price......
 
The Nitro IS a really cool product. But compared to the E670 the shortcomings are immediately obvious - little amp control, no extended channels (in fact there are at least 6 on the Engl if you are clever enough to figure them out), just one effects loop with no volume control and a host of other things simply too many to list. But of course - the Nitro IS a custom amp - the Engl is not - overall the Engl wins this one...