MarkBass Big Bang?

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  1. anton72

    anton72 Supporting Member

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    Guys, does anybody own MarkBass Big Bang head or had any chance to compare it with LMII\LMIII and what's your impression?
    I actually use Micromark combo for practicing + NY604 cab as an extension. I definately want to buy a micro head to go with NY604 cab and deciding between LMIII, F1 or Bib Bang.

    What I like in BigBang is that it has headphone out and aux in, so instead of using a combo for practicing and head+cab for gigging I'd just combine two in BB and use it for practicing with headphones and for gigging, instead of having both combo and a rig. It's a bit pricey, yes....What do you guys think?
  2. jnewmark

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  3. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

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    I have both the BB and the LMIII and in my opinion they are the same amp with the exception of the size, headphone and auxiliary jacks. I use the BB as my gig and practice amp and use the LMIII as a band practice amp. You can't go wrong with either amp it's just a matter if you want to pay a few extra bucks for the features mentioned above. That being said you probably could find a used LMIII at a good price.
  4. anton72

    anton72 Supporting Member

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    Thank you guys! I've found a used LMIII at a fair price but still looking at BB as I may be able to get rid of my practice combo if I use BB. I've read BB has an issue with headphone input, what is yours like?
    Thanks

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  6. rrritchie

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    Anton, did I read correctly that you have been pushing a 406cab with your micromark? Is it the micromark801 or the original with the black face 6" speaker? I want to add a second driver to an original micromark but the output says to use a peizo tweeter only or you may damage the amp.
  7. anton72

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    Yes, I pushed NY604 with my micromark. strange...the manual says you can connect 8 Ohm extension cab to
    deliver 60 Watts, so did I. I connected my NY604 to micromark801 and that just worked fine. And yes, its micromark801 with yellow 8" speaker.
  8. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    I have the CMD102P combo (has the LMKIII head). A couple of months ago I stopped by a GC that had lots of Markbass stuff. I compared the LMKIII and the Big Bang through several different markbass cabs. I really liked the Big Bang through the Randy Jackson 15" cab. If I had to choose b/w the two, I'd probably pick the Big Bang b/c of it's size. The tone very good and much like the LMK (to me).
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    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

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  11. lowerbassment

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    I would definitely test it before buying especially if you buy used. I bought a used Big Bang and it turned out it had an issue with a noisy headphone section that required repair which turned into a lot of hassle...

    Not sure how frequent this issue with the headphone section is though. Like you I came across it before.
  12. mam1862

    mam1862 Supporting Member

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    When you use the headphones you have to make sure you have the right kind. I thought I had a problem as my headphones were not working properly so I contacted Markbass and this is what I was told,

    "You need to use the most common headphones on the market. Any kind of stereo ones.
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    The headphones with the microphone on the wire, used for cellular phones, doesn’t work with our headphones socket.
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    I hope this will clarify your doubt."

    I will need to purchase a different set of headphones as the ones that I currently have are for cellphones, iPod and iPad.
  13. rrritchie

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    Thank you! I'm buying a micromark 6" to practice and use as the high frequency side of my bi-amp gig rig.
  14. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    Big Bang sounds like a LM11 or LM3. Not my bag at all. Too loosey goosey in the low end. The F1 is a whole different world and I enthusiastically recommend it. Or a F500.


  15. sratas

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    The BB is a great head.

    The headphone preamp issue is well known.

    On the newer BBs the issue has been solved. I can assure that because mine has been upgraded and works perfectly now, no matter wich headphone is connected
  16. veech

    veech Newton's Downfall Supporting Member

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    I finally got a Big Bang and agree this is a fantastic head. I shoped around locally because I didn't want to risk the bad headphone issue, and found that most of them actually still HAD the issue. What I discovered was that all the bad ones had a manufacture date of Oct. 2012, whereas the good one I found had a manuf. date of Aug. 2013. I would highly recommend checking the date (clearly labeled on the back) before purchase because there seems to be a fair amount of older stock still in the warehouses. And yes, mine works great with all the headphones I tried, including a pair that didn't work on the bad unts.
  17. jeff7bass

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    I was going to point out some of the sonic differences as described by Bass Gear but here it is from the horses mouth!

    :D

    I play rock so the Big Bang sounds like the MB I would choose.

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