|#||Model||Rating||Weight||Does it have a wireless function||Our top||Check|
|1||Fishman Loudbox Mini||19.7 pounds||no||1|| Check|
|2||Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge||25 pounds||yes, works autonomously up to 12 hours||2|| Check|
|Fishman Loudbox Mini|
|Does it have a wireless function||no|
|Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge|
|Does it have a wireless function||yes, works autonomously up to 12 hours|
Finding the perfect balance between the price and the quality isn`t that easy. That`s why finding the one perfect amplifier is so satisfying. I am not saying that LoudBox Mini is exactly what you need, but it is exactly what the balance is.
Fishman was founded 35 years ago by a group of professional sound engineers. They didn`t have any original ideas, but they had a lot of experience and dedication to their business. Therefore their instruments and equipment were always of the highest quality.
Today we will take a closer look at Fishman Loudbox Mini – one of the most popular sound amplificators by Fishman. You`ll also find a brief review of one more representative of Loudbox Mini series: Loudbox Mini Charge.
Before diving deep into specific features of this amplifier, let us learn some general information about it. I am sure, that knowing weight, physical dimensions and parameters of durability of this amplifier will help you a lot with planning a studio and future transportation.
|The Weight||Fishman Loudbox Mini weighs 20 pounds (which is nearly 9 kilogramms). It is a leight-weighed amplifier, that doesn`t require any special equipment for transportation.|
|The Dimensions||This amplifier is 12’’ * 13,7’’ * 9,7’’ inches (which is 305*349*247 in milimeters). As you can see, it is a small rectangular box. Loudbox Mini will not occupy much space, and will fit even in the room-studios.|
|The Material||Loudbox Mini is made of plywood and has a thin metallic grille (it is removeable) covering the front panel. Light hits and careful transportation will not damage the device, but hot sun or water may cause some troubles.|
Okay, so that now you imagine how big this amplifier is and how much it weighs, let us talk about more specific things and some exclusive features.
Sound Producing Mechanism
Speaker and Drivers
Fishman Loudbox Mini has one 10’’ baffle speaker and two drivers: the 6,5’’ woofer and 1’’ soft dome Tweeter. They work at the power of 60 Watt with total impedance of 6 ohm.
Inputs and Outputs
There are two main channels: one for the instrument and one for the microphone. It`s possible to sing along to the melody you play, or to make a duo performance with a friend of yours. There are also ¼ auxillary inputs for dynamic microphones.
Front panel has some basic controls as well as some more specific. The basic ones are the phase control, the gain cobtrol, the control of highs, mids and lows for the instrument and gain, low and high controls for the microphone. There are unique controls for reverbation voice effect, chorus and master volume. The last, but not the least, the power button is located on the front panel as well.
You`ve probably noticed that there are some non-basic things available, so let us make a final stop before checking sound test results and take a look at the features that this amplifier has.
Although these types of inputs are pretty common in the modern amplifiers, you still do not meet them in every device. The quarter and the eighth jacks make it possible to connect a mic, an MP3 player or a laptop to your amplifier. So that it is possible to use an amplifier as a monitor, or as a recording studio device.
Basic budget amplifiers usually have only basic controls, like sound EQ. Fishman LoudBox Mini however has the reverb effect for both instrument and microphone (it really helps to hide some minor mistakes while performance) as well as chorus effect, which makes sound at least two times more juicy. Voice reverb will make the sound more vintage and the performance more atmospheric.
Feedback can spoil sound a lot, however the phase switch kills the biggest part of feedback before it is even possible to hear. So, whoever uses Loudbox Mini doesn`t need to worry that sound will somehow be spoiled because of technical issues. Loudman says “no” to the feedback noise.
However, there shouldn`t be way to much adjustability, because it quite easy to get lost in all the combinations, so my personal advice is to stop at the model that has between four and six options. That way, one can learn a lot faster, than any other,
Well, now you basically know all the theoretical part about this amplifier. That time has come to take a look at how it acts in real life.
Being super good on the paper, this amplifier turned out to have its` downsides on practice. However, considering the price and the mini-size of the device, I am still rating it 9 out of 10. Here is why:
Loud sound and great power
For an amplifier as small as this one, the power of 60 watt and loudness of over hundred dB is superb. I would say, that this item is capable of handling a small country band performance all by itself.
Fishman Loudbox can do a lot of job by itself. It is an amplifier for two guitars (with separate channels, so each can be adjusted individually), an amplifier for a mic, a speaker, a recorder and so on. It`s like a small studio in a box.
There is a lot of stuff to adjust. I mean a lot. Highs, lows, mids, EQ, reverb, chorus. By simply changing these parameters here and there you can get an outstanding and unique sounding.
Lack of subtle sounds
- Fishman’s lightest and most portable amp yet
- The Loudbox Mini packs 60 watts of clean acoustic power
- Two channels featuring Fishman’s legendary preamp and tone control designs
- Digital reverb and chorus for the instrument channel & reverb for the microphone channel
To imagine what it is, just think of classical Loudbox Mini, that has the following features:
A rechargeable battery
The built-in battery takes 10 hour to be fully recharged. Afterwards it can provide up to twelve hours of wireless work (twelve, when using the amplifier with low volume, around eight with average, and four, when playing with the full power). I don`t think it is really worth mentioning all the advantages that high portability of this device provides.
Well, the battery itself is big enough. Although it has little influence on dimensions, the Loudbox Mini Charge weighs one pound (half a kilo) more than its` standard version. Not a large number, but still worth keeping that in mind.
- Includes a Microphone, Cable, Mic Stand, and Geartree Cloth!
- Rechargeable battery power
- Bluetooth 4.0 Connectivity
- Dedicated Instrument and Mic Channels with Input Gain Controls
Will come in handy
|1||Fishman Loudbox bag||Sturdy construction||1|| Check|
|2||Dual Footswitch||Power Supply: DC 9 V, dry battery/9 V 6F22 (carbon), 6LR61 (alkaline)||2|| Check|
|Fishman Loudbox bag|
|Specification||Power Supply: DC 9 V, dry battery/9 V 6F22 (carbon), 6LR61 (alkaline)|
Well, the package includes the charger and some wires.
It is a cheap and stylish bag, in case you are used to carrying your amplifier around. Will come in handy multiple times. By the way both Loudbox Mini and Loudbox Mini Charge will fit.
- Sturdy construction
- Strap included for ease of transport
- Fits loud box mini or loud box mini charge
Foot switch is a must-have item if you are using more than one input. It allows to quickly switch between ports and adjust basic things, like muting the sound or making it more powerful.
- Each footswitch can be assigned latch- or momentary-type
- Stereo input jack for single stereo cable connection
- Can be used with a wide variety of instruments, rhythm machines, guitar amps, etc.
Now you know all the necessary basics about Loudman production and are ready to make your own choice.
In case you want to get back to learning this information once more, but do not want to save the whole review, here is the shortcut of the most important moments:
- Fishman is a worldwide known company, that manufactures different audio equipment of high quality for more than thirty years.
- Loudbox Mini is a compact sound amplifier, easy to carry and store. It is rather durable as well.
- From the technical point of view Fishman Loudbox Mini outperforms most of amplifiers in its` price range. It is loud and powerful, has a lot of adjustability. However the device lacks sound warmth.