Ampeg PF-800 Portaflex

Average User Rating:
3.66667/5,
  • Power:
    800 watts @ 4 ohms
    Size:
    3" x 15" x 11" (HxWxD)
    Inputs:
    1/4" phono plug with -15dB input pad switch, 1/8" stereo line in for headphone mix
    Outputs:
    1/4" phono jack, Speakon jack, balanced direct out w/pre/post pre option, -40 dB pad and ground lift, power amp in and pre out, 1/8" headphone out
    EQ / Controls:
    Bass, Mid, Treble, 5 position mid frequency selector control, Ultra High and Low boost switches, FX loop
    Price:
    List $839.99, street $599.99
    Other Specs:
    Onboard compressor, MOSFET preamp, mute (foot switch accessible), switching power supply, 11.8 pounds
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Recent User Reviews

  1. azfatboy
    5/5,
    "Monster sound, great features, bargain price!"
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    4/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Great Ampeg sound
    Plenty of sound Options
    Lots of Features
    Cons - not easily rack-mounted
    Having decided that I was not interested in lugging around a gargantuan tube head, the search for my next bass amp head had pretty much come down to Mesa or Genzler. I mean, if it's not an SVT, why even consider Ampeg, right?

    But then, I got a helluva deal on a PF-800 with an SVT-410HEN. I initially thought I could just flip it, and get what I "wanted"--but then I tried it out... I was seriously blown away by how good it sounded. I knew right then and there that I was keeping it. And when I looked at it a little deeper, I realized that it had every feature I *really* wanted: 800W @ 4 ohms, 2 outputs (w/ speakON), mute, built-in compression, effects loop, simple 3-band EQ, DI out, and even an Aux In and headphone jack!

    Sure, compared to the newer micro heads, the PF-800 is certainly on the larger and heavier side. Yet at under 12 pounds, it is still very easy to heft and transport. But that leads to my one complaint: given that heft, I think Ampeg missed the mark a little by making these heads so unfriendly for rack-mounting. I've seen a couple ingenious owners here on TB that have mounted it to a shelf, and it looks fine, but it's still a miss--these heads should have been designed to easily accommodate rack-mounting.

    Still and all, the PF-800 is a great sounding head with a TON of features and a price that makes it an absolute bargain.
    mapleglo likes this.
  2. Lvjoebass
    1/5,
    "Awesome!☺"
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Liteweight
    Cons - None
    Was intended as backup for ageing hartke ha5500 but now my go to main rig. Everything I wanted plus more! Plus a lot smaller with plenty ballsy ampeg tone! Now hartke is backup!
    Price Paid:
    599.00
    mapleglo likes this.
  3. mapleglo
    5/5,
    "Powerful, Ampeg growl"
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Features:
    5/5,
    Value:
    5/5,
    Pros - Powerful, dependable, great Ampeg sound
    I saw this on Amazon during some kind of a special sale for $400.00. I bought it without hesitation, and it has proved to be the workhorse we've come to expect from Ampeg. Though it's a class D amp, it comes pretty close to the SVT tube sound. I've had it going on 2 years now, and it's never let me down. Typical Ampeg tone controls, very powerful, and light weight. Highly recommended.

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    Price Paid:
    $400.00
    azfatboy, troubledog and R.I.P. like this.

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