Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to robmartino)Re: Considering StageSource L2t for solo gigs
I notice the input impedance is a lot lower if I'm reading the specs correctly (2.63 kΩ vs. the Fishman's 10 MΩ), would that not be ideal for passive electric pickups?
Input impedance is always a trade-off between "tone" and "noise". Too high and it's noisy, too low and you lose a little bass response. No matter what you do you will suffer a little of both (nothing is perfect). Generally you'd like to shoot for a 10:1 ratio between the output impedance of the instrument and the input impedance of the preamp. But you are still OK at 1:1.
The 2k input is for balanced mic inputs. The 1/4" jack has an input impedance of 100k which should be just fine for nearly every passive magnetic pickup out there. It's also fine for the output from instruments with a built-in preamp and for things like synths and drum machines. It could make a slight tonal change to some piezo pickups as they have very high capacative outputs. But remember ... the variax modeling is built-in and that should far surpass the sound quality from piezo pickups anyway.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2013 11:21 AM (in response to dboomer)Re: Considering StageSource L2t for solo gigs
Thanks dboomer! I decided to go ahead and order an L2t today, look forward to trying it out, seems like it will cover just about everything I would need for live sound at this point.