115 combo, or same head with 112 cab...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bassforyourface, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Carvin BX 500 with Avatar Neo 112

    14 vote(s)
  2. Carvin BR 515N (1x15 with same BX 500 head)

    10 vote(s)
  1. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
    i've been playing bass for 7 years and i'm going off to college next year in philly. i'm going to be pretty strapped for money and transportation so i want something that i can carry a reasonable distance and maybe take on a train or bus.

    for the last 5 years i've been playing a peavey tnt, and i'm ready to move on.

    i've pretty much set myself on the new carvin head that's coming out the BX 500 (300 watts at 8 ohms, 500 watts at 4 ohms; 5.6 lbs; $400).

    carvin also has an option where for $600 you can get the BR515N which is the same BX 500 head put in a 115 combo.
    the whole combo weighs 40lbs.

    other than that i was considering an avatat neo112 (250 watts at 8 ohms; 39 lbs (but not including the head); about $300 shipped).

    what do you guys think? i'm interested in playing a lot of hip hop and soul, and probably some blues/rock too. i'm leaning towards the carvin combo.

  2. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
  3. Antrocco


    Aug 21, 2008
    New Jersey
    I would go for the combo, I think the 15" will give you the bottom end you will need for your style of play.
  4. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
    ya i'm leaning that way. i need to find out if the 15 is rated at 8ohms though so i can add onto it in the future if need be. carvin hasn't responded yet though
  5. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
    would anyone who said the 112 care you explain your reasoning? i was leaning towards the combo but if so far half of you have said the 112 i'm wondering if there's an obvious thing to consider that i'm missing?
  6. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
    i might be able to get a deal on a schroeder mini112, making it about the same price as the avatar 112. is this infinately better than both? will it be louder than both or either?
  7. butchblack

    butchblack Life is short. Do good. Find and do what you love.

    Jan 25, 2007
    Waltham Massachusetts

    I've used the Avatar SB 112 neo for about a year and a half, It's a great sounding cab with plenty of low end. My only concern is it's only rated for 250W @ 8Ω and the Carvin head is rated 300W @ 8Ω. So you could possibly damage it if you tend to play loud. Also, where you suggest that you might be using public transportation, a combo would be easier to deal with then a separate head and cab. Have you heard or played through the Carvin Combo? At 40 lbs. it sounds like they're using a neo speaker. If it's a shorter throw speaker you may loose a bit on the low end. I would check to see if the combo is 8Ω or 4Ω as the extra flexibility to add a second cab could make or break the deal for me. If you go with the Avatar, spring for the Line-X coating, mine still looks brand new.
  8. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
    i still really don't know which direction to go... i'm pretty set on the head. but i need any suggestions for cabs to go with it, preferably under 50lbs and 8ohms and bassy as hell.
  9. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The 15" combo sounds like a great peice of gear. I assume you could add an ext spkr to it? That's what I'd do.
  10. Bassforyourface


    Dec 17, 2008
    perhaps... i'm still trying to figure out if the 115 is 8ohms or 4, because i got a response to an email from a carvin customer service saying "4" but on the thread about the BX 500, some one said at namm they told him it was 8.

    i guess even if it was 4 i could add on because the head apparently runs at 2 ohms... i don't know why but 2 ohms makes me nervous.