NAMM 2024: During the last NAMM show, L.R. Baggs lifted the curtain on the HiFi – a “game-changing”, non-invasive innovation that looked to be a significant step forward in the realm of acoustic guitar pickups.
Now, L.R. Baggs has built on the foundations of the HiFi by unveiling its latest acoustic guitar pickup system, the HiFi Duet, which is said to usher in “a new era in acoustic guitar amplification”.
As the name would suggest, the HiFi Duet looks to be an expansion of the flagship HiFi, meaning it retains all of what made the original unit so appealing while bolstering it with the help of an additional microphone.
Specifically, the HiFi Duet is dubbed “the pinnacle of multi-source technology”, combining both L.R. Bagg’s HiFi pickup with a “groundbreaking” Silo mic.
For those unfamiliar with the original release, the HiFi pickup uses two lightweight plate sensors attached to the bridge plate with simple ‘peel and stick’ adhesive strips. Once there, they optimize string definition, provide sensitive dynamics and help deter feedback.
That alone was enough to pique our interests last year – the demo sounded really good – but now L.R. Baggs has one-upped itself and brought the Silo microphone to the table.
Joining the bridge sensors, the Silo uses L.R. Baggs’ Tru-Mic technology and incorporates a new mic capsule for “enhanced ambience and dimension”. According to the company, the Silo was crafted with precision machining and meticulous tuning, and delivers a “pure, unadulterated sound”.
Combining the two is a discrete soundhole-mounted preamp that uses a multi-pole crossover system. This is used to blend “the HiFi Pickups and Silo Mic for an inspiring feel and sound in any mix position”.
There’s also a control module, where the Volume and Mix controls – as well as the battery check and mic level control – can be found.
“Introducing HiFi Duet – a high-fidelity pickup + microphone mixing system that embodies the pinnacle of multi-source technology, combining our award-winning HiFi pickups with the groundbreaking Silo Microphone,” writes L.R. Baggs. “This marks a new era in acoustic guitar amplification, delivering unparalleled sonic excellence.”
The flagship HiFi was a pretty impressive bit of kit – and, for our money, was one of the most impactful new releases at NAMM 2023 – so it seems like a no-brainer that L.R. Baggs would try to make it even better. It seems it succeeded, too: the demo is even more impressive than the last one.
A price for the HiFi Duet hasn't been confirmed (the HiFi went for $199, so you can be sure it will be more than that), but it will be available this summer.
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