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GK MB200 ... Speakon - 1/4 ??

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by tjh, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    ... there is no shortage of info floating around here on the MB200, so rather than just tagging onto one of the older threads, I thought I would ask a question I haven't seen asked and leave a place for those that have been using the head to post updates ... the noise issues, how its holding up, etc ...

    .. I have a good variety of quality 1/4-1/4 speaker cables that I have made up, and for some reason when this head returned to the US to be made, GK eliminated the ability to use a 1/4" spkr out ... anybody use a Neutrik speakon adapter out of a head so that the 1/4 plugs can be used ?? ... not that another cable is a big deal, but knowing me I would probably need to make a few, and an adapter will be good for other things also ... also, I was curious if anyone tried this on heads that seemed to have the hiss issues .. thanks!!
  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    Look at the Speakon socket on the amp. If it is green then it's a combo socket and the phone plug can be inserted into the hole in the middle.
  3. craig.p

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    Yeah, I've seen those Neutrik Speakon-to-female-phone adapters in use all over the place and haven't heard of even one problem.
  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

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    Some of 'em melt at higher power, best to check the rating. Personally, I would rather save the money and just hack one end and screw a Speakon connector on.
  5. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    Paul, the green socket was on the MB200's that came out of China ... the current US made ones use only the speakon .. no 1/4 to the center ...

    .. I do not have the amp yet, actually thought I might pull the trigger on one tonite from that MF deal going on ... $227 shipped and that way I have the warranty with the issues that I have been reading about some having ...
  6. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    Yeah, initially that was what I figured I was going to end up doing .. not a biggied because I make my own cables usually anyhow, but I never use speakons, so I dont even have one around .. then I started pricing them, and the adapter was only a couple bucks more ... thats what got me thinking that way ...

    ... I guess I dont even know how to wire a speakon, never having done it .. I am sure it wont be a problem though ..

    ... I dont think we would have a problem melting one in my case ... at least if I keep it confined to a MB200:)
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    The 200MB has only 1/4" speaker jacks on it, I don't think Speakons even existed at the time this amp was in production, IIRC.
  8. Passinwind

    Passinwind Charlie Escher Supporting Member

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    I use 2-pole Speakons most of the time, because I prefer the ring locker to the sliders on the 4-pole ones. They cost me two bucks and change the last time I bought a handful, for Neutriks, not questionable knockoffs. I've made my own adapters in the past too. Can't have too many adapters if you are a sound provider...;)
  9. JonnyAngle

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    He means mb200
  10. NG51

    NG51 Supporting Member

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    I assume you mean the GK MB200 micro amp? I've used an Speakon/1/4" adaptor with my EA CXL 110 for a while now, with no problems of any kind. Of course, I'm a pretty low-volume kind of guy...
  11. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

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    Hahahahaha good catch! :cool: There is a BIG difference between a MB200 and the 200MB:)
  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Then he should say so! :meh:

    GK's marketing/product branding/naming department really screwed up with this one, I think. :rollno:
  13. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    ... that is funny .. I am usually a stickler for this kind of detail and then I went and did it backwards ..

    ...can you tell I have 400RB and 800RB's?? ... thanks for catching it ... yes, I mean the MB200 ...

    .. corrected above
  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBass - PlayBass! Supporting Member

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    Happy to see that. :cool: To be fair, I have seen this many times on TB and elsewhere; the problem, as I mentioned above, is with GK not looking back to their own past products and thinking about the potential/actual confusion it will/has caused.
  15. hobbes1

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    just bought a used gk mb200 micro amp head. i'm using 16gauge speaker cable 1/4" (mine was made in china and has the combo speakon/ 1/4" output jacl). no hiss or other issues to worry about. sounds great for a little tiny thing :)
  16. tbirdsp

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    I'm using a commercial (forgot the brand) speakon-1/4" female adapter plus a regular 1/4"-1/4" speaker cable with mine - no issues.
  17. johnpbass

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    Same here. Neutrik - 1/4" - no issues.

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