Power amp recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by sifi2112, Feb 24, 2014.


  1. sifi2112

    sifi2112

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    Hi all, looking for a decent power amp to combine with my PJB 9B 8 ohm cab. Preamp prob gonna be 3Leaf Enabler .... pa doesn't have to be D-class light weight type as I wont be gigging much. So older heavier models welcome as long as they push say 500-800w bridged @ 8 ohm.

    Will probably connect this up go home studio when not gigging so normal speaker wire terminals a bonus .... thanks in advance as usual TBers :)
  2. kcole4001

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    Around here used Peavey CS1200s are a dime a dozen, and since you aren't going to lug it around much the weight won't matter as much (they are frikkin heavy!).
    Loads of power for very little money, and it's nearly impossible to break them.
  3. sifi2112

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    Thanks for Peavey CS option however I've narrowed it down to these two at the moment esp as I think they're both still in production -

    - Peavey PV 900
    - Yamaha P2500S

    Both produce about 600w @ 8 ohm & are similar weight & both cost ne£300 here in the UK & I think they both have HPF which is def plus point if they are any good ... So any opinions on these two pls ?
  4. sifi2112

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    QSC RMX 850 ... anyone use/recommend ?
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  6. orangejulius3

    orangejulius3 Supporting Member

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    I had a couple of power amps in my days.

    My favorite one was a QSC PLX 1602.
  7. vbchaos

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    Peavey IPR1600 or a Crest ProLite
  8. dincz

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    If you're still considering other options, the Samson Servo 600 is usually overlooked but does what it says on the can reliably. To be fair I've only used the Servo 300 - had it for 3 years and it was great.

    They aren't on the "fashionable" list but very good amps at a good price.
  9. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Have one of those, myself. Use it to feed our monitors.

    Best buy IMO: used QSC RMX 850 or 1450. I wouldn't pay any more than $150 for one in great shape. Heavier than hell.

    Riis
  10. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Look into "input sensitivity" to ensure the 3Leaf can even drive the poweramp you are looking at.
  11. disssa

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    I use a Synq Audio 2k2:

    [​IMG]

    with 2x 600 Watt (8Ohm) or 2200 Watt at 8 ohm bridged...

    disssas reviews
  12. Grissle

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    An interstellar overdrive, DROOL....!
  13. sifi2112

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    That Synq Audio looks nice but can't find much info on if other than its own website. What's your experience of it so far with yourbass setup ?
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    Matrix power amps
  15. disssa

    disssa

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    It is a real powerful Amp. I use the amp for two boxes. On every channel one box with 8 Ohms.
    There are enormous headroom.
    Only the two fans inside could get on nerves...

    disssas reviews
  16. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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    Seriously dont buy into any of the marketing BS on power amps.

    Seriously a Crest, Crown, QSC, Carvin, Peavey or any other power amp, with input sensitivity paired to you pre, will do just fine.
  17. sifi2112

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    Just ordered the Enabler & B3K :) ... still not sure which power amp to get cept I do like the idea of one with HPF ....
  18. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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    Crest Prolite or Peavey IPR2 with DSP.
  19. bobicidal

    bobicidal Supporting Member

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    Dumb Q? Crest DSP 2.0 vs 3.0, only difference is power? Seems like they are using a revision number scheme but 2.0 has less power than 3.0

    Explain please!
  20. Flatbass

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    If you want to use it in your home studio you may want to consider picking a passively cooled amp, or at least one with little fan noise.
  21. bgavin

    bgavin Supporting Member

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    Owned one, gave it to my daughter's band for their rehearsal space.

    Heavy, solid, reliable.
    Not particularly high powered, but entirely adequate.
    1.15v input sensitivity, can be bridged to 69.3v / 600w into 8 ohms.

    Wimpy preamps (my SWR IOD) will not drive this power amp to full power.

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