You'd be forgiven if you've never heard about Acus Sound Engineering, but if you're a fan of premium quality acoustic-centric amplifiers, speakers, and cabinets, you should definitely give them a closer look. Founded over 40 years ago by the Frederico Canale, this Italian based audio company is all about delivering amazing tone to acoustic players around the world. While they have plenty of popular products to choose from, today, we'd like to shine a light on a couple of acoustic combo amplifiers that have caught our eye -- the Oneforstrings 5 and Oneforstrings 8. Boasting the clarity, articulation, and a natural sound that is integral for acoustic instruments, these two combos are looking to set the standard on what a great acoustic amplifier can deliver.
Acus Sound Engineering created the Oneforstrings line of amplifiers with one simple goal -- to provide the best possible form of amplification for acoustic instruments. So while this range was made for acoustic and classical guitars in particular, it also works great on violins, cellos, mandolins and more.
One way they managed to achieve this is by using multiple, bi-amplified drivers (much like active studio monitors) in order to give these combos a wide frequency response and a low slew-rate. Other features include top-quality electronic components, custom processors, custom speakers, and class A output stages that are able to deliver a very warm valve-like tone typical of studio amps. Best of all, any of the combos in the Oneforstrings line can be used as a dual amp and PA thanks to the multiple inputs.
But it's not just the specs that got the high-quality treatment as the build of the Oneforstrings line is also particularly impressive. Featuring sleek, natural birch plywood panels and an overall minimalist design, these combos will definitely stand out on the stage or in the studio. Even the grill and knobs show the apparent attention to detail that Acus spent on designing these combos.
While all of the combos in the Oneforstrings line share all of the great features mentioned above, there are some significant differences between models. Let's take a look at the specific features of the Oneforstrings 5 and 8 ...
All in all, the Oneforstrings 5 is a pretty straight-forward 2-channel combo amp, with key features including with three inputs (one Mic-Line and two 1/4" inputs, one of which is a dual instrument/mic input for simultaneous use), controls for Gain/Volume, a three-band EQ, Effect Send, and Master Volume. There is also a dedicated AUX input that features its own volume control, allowing you to connect an mp3 in order to jam along with your favorite tunes.
While it might be lacking in the sheer number of bells and whistles, it retains the same clear, natural and vibrant tone of other models and is ultra compact and portable friendly. If all you're looking for in an acoustic combo amp is high-quality sound and the ability to hook up your acoustic and a microphone at the same time for a solo gig at a coffee shop or cutting a track in the studio, the Oneforstrings 5 is will get the job done in style. Check out the video below to hear it in action for yourself:
Compared to the Oneforstrings 5, the 8 definitely kicks things up a notch. In fact, the four channels make it a borderline dedicated PA system. Key features include three inputs (two MIC-LINE and one LINE) complete with Peak LED, Gain, three-band EQ for each of the four channels, effects Send, and Volume.
Of course, it also features an AUX input with dedicated volume control like the Oneforstrings 5, only this model give it its own 2-band EQ. Other extra features found on this model include two direct outputs (LINE and REC), a manual "feedback canceller" filter, a headphone output with dedicated volume control, and eight high-quality digital effects.
Overall, it's definitely a nice upgrade from the Oneforstrings 5 and perfect for players that like the added versatility and extended features it offers. Hit the video link below for a taste of what the Oneforstrings 8 can deliver:
Overall, you can't go wrong with either of these two acoustic Acus Sound Engineering combos as they both have it where it counts - articulate, natural, high-quality acoustic tone. So whether you decide to go with the ultra-compact and portable Oneforstrings 5 or the feature-rich Oneforstrings 8, you get a well-built, top quality piece of gear that will take your acoustic tone to the next level.
If you have any questions regarding the purchase of an Acus Sound Engineering Oneforstrings amp or any other piece of gear, don't hesitate to chat with one of our friendly PAL pros by using the live chat feature below or by calling us toll-free at 1 877-671-2200!
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