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small power amp (1/2 rackspace or standalone)

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by richnota, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    Beyond the Acoustic Image Focus SA, are there any small power amps out there?

    Im thinking of pairing one with my EBS microbass preamp and Accugroove 110 to create a groovy lightweight rig. I want to avoid the standard 19 inch rack form since the cabinet itself is narrow and I dont want to lug the case.

    Huge power is not necessary.
  2. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Perhaps an Ampeg PB250 head and go in through the Effects return?

    250 Watts at 4 ohms, 12.5"W x 3.75"H x 10.5"D and only 14 lbs.
  3. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
  4. Stewart PA-110B. 180 watts Bridged mono into 8 ohms. Weighs 5.5 pounds.

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  6. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Bose PackLite power amplifier Model A1 - 250 watts
  7. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    interesting stuff...

    the stewart looks very promising (i've noticed a lot of players using their "world" series amps).

    the ampeg and crate look cool but I'm looking for a pure power amp.
  8. FWIW, I had a World 1.2 and loved it. Sold it to go to an EA iAmp 800 instead.

    Sometimes, I wish I'd kept it. Had it over a year and ZERO trouble. Can't say that about the EA.

  9. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology: Protecting the Pocket since 2007
    I tried the Crate. It sounded surprisingly good as a bass head. Then I tried feeding my DIY preamp output into the RCA jack input, which bypasses the built in speaker simulator.

    Great sound. I mean, for the available power level, it was really killer sound. The only caveat is what happened when I really overloaded it, as in cranking it all the way and dropping a bomb on the open E string. How it goes into protect mode is to completely drop out for a couple seconds, then come back to life. If you are OK with that, then it is a good lightweight power amp at an attractive price.

    I had half a mind to make my own boutique bass head by yanking the front panel and installing my own preamp. But I have too many kooky projects already.

    Admittedly, I also peeked inside. Construction quality was superb.

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