Eden Electronics have been pumping out bass gear since 1976 with a range of amps and cabs all finding their way into rigs of the touring/recording pro and garage band rocker alike. With a serious design philosophy and super high quality production they have continued to keep up with the times be it big, loud setups or portable, efficient smaller rigs. The last few years have seen an influx of smaller sized amps hit the market and Eden are very much in the mix thanks to their WTX264 amp and EX112 cab.
ALL THE SMALL THINGS…
The WTX264 really is tiny, 20.32 x 6.35 x 22.86 cms and just under 2 kgs tiny! And coming in a tough carry bag you’d feel super comfortable carrying it to a gig or sitting it on the back seat with the bag protecting it nicely from those little knocks and bumps. For those efficient, one trip from car to gig fans slinging it over your shoulder with a bass in a gig bag and then carrying/wheeling your amp is just about as easy as it gets with the Eden amp bag having pockets for the power cord and extra goodies if needed.
Part of the famed Eden World Series Amplifiers this little guy has gain, enhance, bass (with pull bass boost), mid (with pull mid shift), high and master control knobs and then a row of input, mute button, effects loop send and return, aux L and R inputs and Tuner out below for a pretty complete front face. Rear connection wise you’re looking at a speakon and two jack speaker outs, phones output, footswitch input and DI out with a ground lift button and level for plenty of flexibility.
LITTLE AMP, BIG TONE
For a little amp the WTX264 gives out quite the pleasant grunt with 260 watts of power making for considerable headroom and enough gusto to drive a mix of speaker boxes. Paired with the Eden EX112 cab you have yourself a nice range of sounds from rounder rock and vintage tones through to crisp, modern attack. Eden’s patented Enhance control gives the feeling of increased clarity and cut whilst the bass boost option can increase low end significantly if you need a little extra oomph. The Mid and High controls have plenty of scope and the added mid shift lets you refocus the midrange too for targeting some honkier tone and pushing your position in the band mix if so desired!
The mute button is easily accessible, the knobs are spaced nicely apart for fiddling without knocking others, the EQ section is responsive and there’s plenty of connectivity. Although I’m not entirely sure whether the aux outs and effects loop positioning on the front of the amp are a design feature or there out of necessity (and lack of room on the back in such a small unit) they don’t cause too much of a problem thanks to being located at the bottom of the faceplate. For those really concerned a couple of right angle jacks and your leads neatly run around the side of the amp and you’d hardly notice the issue! WTX264 and EX112 — compact, portable, easy handled by one person and a good range of tones…what’s not to like?
Price: RRP EGRW-1264 Head and box pack $1499
Distributor: CMI Music & Audio
Phone: (03)9315 2244
By Nick Brown