GK MB800 vs GB Streamliner 900

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  1. bassundergrace

    bassundergrace

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    Are either of these class d heads made in USA?
    Trying to decide between the
    GK MB800 and GB streamliner 900.
    Any owners out there?
  2. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Both are MIA

    They are really apples & oranges. The GK does the GK thing very well, which I would consider fairly modern. The GB does the vintage thing very well. That's not to say that you can't get a modern type of tone out of the Streamliner though, but nothing close to a GK type of sound IMO.

    EDIT: GB isn't MIA. Mine also says Designed & Inspected in the USA on the back. Then is says Chassis Made in Taiwan too.
  3. Honkycat

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    +1...Pretty much at Polar ends of the spectrum soundwise
  4. superjesus

    superjesus Supporting Member

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    So, staying in the same ~800 Watt, Class D category, what is in between?
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  6. willsellout

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    The GB isn't MIA as far as I know. On the back of mine it says "Designed and inspected in the USA". I believe all GB amps are manufactured in China.
  7. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I guess I never actually looked at mine. It says the same thing.

    So I take that back :)

    For Genz, the Shuttle stuff would be closer. The 9.0/9.2/9.2 Max would be similar power wise.
  8. hamfistUK

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    Agreed.

    The streamliner has such an old school pillowy bottom end. I've not played anything quite like it. It is inherently a bit mid-shy IMO. If you boost upper mids, the lower mids are a bit missing and visa-versa (all for my tastes of course). You also have to be very aggressive in your EQ knob turning to get near a flat sound. Having said that it is great at what it does and is of a significantly higher build quality than the GK product.
    The MB800 is in-yer-face. Sizzle, upper mids bark. tight. Although many seem to have quite a high noise floor. Again ... GREAT at what it does.
    the shuttle and shuttlemax series really do sit about inbetween.
  9. iualum

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    Both, of course.
  10. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    +1

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