Daedalus cabs offer supreme quality, purists only please!
Some people are obsessed with creating the best possible product, Lou Hinkley of Daedalus Music is one of those people.
Hand built finger-joint cabs, custom made speakers, custom made crossovers, even the internal wiring is of the absolute highest quality possible; we’re talking no detail overlooked here.
The result of such an effort is sound production that can not be compared to any other product.
Lou’s philosophy is that no one can create the perfect amp so he makes the speaker cab and then recommend other brands for the preamp section, the effects and the power amp.
S-82 and C-81 Acoustic Guitar Cab
The S-82 use two 8″ speakers and two 5″ speakers, no tweeters here!
With such a configuration you not only get perfectly balanced sound reproduction, you also move a lot of air making it a truly unique playing experience.
To quote Lou: “With a pair of these speakers, 500 people can hear you as if their ears were inside your instruments”. The crazy thing is. he’s right!
The C-81 is an attempt to create the ultimate acoustic combo. Using half an S-82 combined with a 4U rack space you fit your favorite preamp, effects unit and power amp.
Should anyone try to convince you that there is a better option out there, don’t believe them.
Pendulum SPS-1 Preamp
Pendulum is a top of the range manufacturer of preamps, compressors, limiters and EQ that you would only find in expensive studios.
The Pendulum SPS-1 is a stereo preamp for the extreme purist, intended to blend two sources of microphones from the same instrument this unit takes the biscuit when it comes to sound quality for acoustic guitars. At $2k it is more than you would expect to pay for an entire rig, but if you want the best, this is it.
Parasound New Classic Power amp
Lou used to swear by Hafler amps (legendary studio quality power amps) but last time I spoke to him he recommended the Parasound New Classic 2125 which doesn’t actually carry a too hefty price tag.
This is an amp intended for studio use and home cinema applications giving you a superior Hi-Fi sound that makes a huge difference to your off the shelf PA power amp. Again, you need to try this stuff to fully appreciate the value.
Lou tend to leave this one blank and encourage you to use as little processing as possible since you simply won’t need it when using this kind of quality.
Saying that; Lexicon, Eventide and similar units might be a good plan to complete a rig of this caliber.
All in all you could be looking at several $k to build this kind of system.
Daedalus with electric guitar
Daedalus also make electric guitar speakers, the C-110 with a three unit rack space looks like a fantastic combination for the Axe Fx and a Matrix power amp!