Review: Sunnaudio R2D3 Helion Preamp

This highly customizable preamp packs tons of tone-sculpting power into a compact design

Review: Sunnaudio R2D3 Helion Preamp

This highly customizable preamp packs tons of tone-sculpting power into a compact design

In recent years we’ve seen a major surge in the introduction of bass preamps and DIs, as seemingly every company in the space has been racing to release their own version. This checks out — now that technology has largely antiquated heavy rigs and oversize cabinets, there’s high demand for portable amp solutions that gigging bassists can pack on the fly for travel and frequent shows. I’ve tested a wide array of these boxes, and each one has unique features and characteristics that distinguish it from its contemporaries. Always looking to explore the latest, I was excited to get my hands on the R2D3 Helion preamp from Sunnaudio.  Having already produced a number of great pedals that cater to us bass players (including the Nucleus Dual Boost Distortion, Stage Prestine preamp, and Rabbithead Analog Preamp Overdrive), Sunnaudio was sure to engineer the Helion with the needs of us low-enders in mind. The company consists of a small team of musicians in Belmont, California, who
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Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria

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