Amazing 400-watt Acoustic Combo Amp from Hughes & Kettner
The Hughes & Kettner era 2, like its predecessor the era 1, is a bold, beautifully designed combo acoustic amplifier that brings 400 watts of natural-sounding tone, excellent dynamic response, and impressive headroom to whatever acoustic instrument you use. The increase in wattage on the era 2 means more robust low end coming from two 8″ speakers and a single 1″ dome tweeter. This speaker setup makes the era 2 ideal for percussive playing styles, as well as double basses and acoustic basses. It also pairs beautifully with external music devices and drum machines. The era 2 is also a full-range PA system with two fully loaded channels — 1 and 2 — that can be tailored to voice and instrument for stellar live performance. In addition, Channel 3 can be used for external devices like smartphones and MP3 players, while Channel 4 can be used for line-level devices, such as mixers and drum machines. Acoustic instrumentalists here at Sweetwater have fallen in love with the era 2 for its diverse array of effects and stellar amplified tone.
A vision realized
When Hughes & Kettner began their mission to design the ideal acoustic amp, they turned to world-renowned amp designer, Michael Eisenmann. Eisenmann had begun his own quest to design the perfect acoustic amp decades earlier, with many successes along the way. With Eisenmann onboard, the vision became reality. The engineers at Hughes & Kettner, along with Eisenmann, began painstakingly selecting the best components to ensure unrivaled sound and performance. The years of hard work and uncompromising standards resulted in the era 1, and the world of acoustic amplification has never been the same. The era 2 is quite literally more of a good thing with preamps that capture sound with amazing clarity and acoustic authenticity with more power and more headroom at 400 watts. The era 2’s premium-quality AD/DA converters exhibit maximum transparency, so you get authentic acoustic tone that sounds amazing at any volume level.
Jam-packed with useful features
The era 2 is loaded with every feature a performing musician could ask for. The first two channels possess independent FX engines with 16 great-sounding algorithms, while Preshape and Mode buttons conform to your voice or instrument, optimizing them for maximum impact. Channel 3 is an 1/8″ auxiliary input that’s ideal for patching in your tablet, smartphone, or media player. Channel 4 is a stereo 1/4″ input that doubles as an FX return.
Hughes & Kettner era 2 Features:
- Built with top-shelf components, including detailed preamps, premium AD/DA, and a custom-made power amp
- Delivers natural-sounding tone, excellent dynamic response, and impressive headroom at 400 watts
- 2 independent FX engines with 16 great-sounding algorithms
- Preshape and Mode buttons conform to your voice or instrument, optimizing it for maximum impact
- Doubles as a full-range PA system that lends magical presence to vocals and backing tracks
- 1/8″ auxiliary input that’s ideal for patching in your tablet, smartphone, or media player
- FX loop for integrating your favorite external effects