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Ampeg SVP-PRO

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Nino Valenti, Nov 18, 2001.


  1. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Ok. I went to Guitar Center & they still had the used SVP PRO that was in the store for about 6 months. I ended up getting it for $243 w/tax. My friend has a Soundtech poweramp (PS 802) he is lending me & I'm probably gonna end up buying it.

    The power amp is 2 channel. 400W @ 4 ohms per side & 800W bridged @ 8 ohms.

    My SVT 810 is a 4 ohm cabs. I can't bridge the power amp because the ohms don't match. I am going to use one channel of the Power amp in to the SVT 810. All sounds good so far.:D

    <b><u>Now here's my Dilema:</b></u>
    The SVP-PRO has 2 1/4" outputs. Could I use both outputs to go to each side of the power amp? If I can do this, I could power 2 4 ohm cabs @ 400W. I tried it in my garage w/my 410 & 810 & it sounded incredible!!!!! I just want to know if I'm going to damage the pre-amp or power amp in any way.

    I have an SVT 410 HLF. I'm thinking of buying another one & selling my SVT 810. The SVT 410 HLF is 500W @ 4 ohms.

    Any help would be apreciated.
     
  2. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    well, i'm not sure if those 2 1/4" outputs are the same signal, but if they are, meaning the preamp already splits the signal in two, then it should be ok. since your poweramp is 2 channel with 400W @ 4 ohms per side, that should work fine, working in stereo like that. go for it!:)
     
  3. RebelX

    RebelX Guest

    Oct 27, 2001
    Merrimack, NH
    Right on. Both 1/4 inchers are the unbalanced line outs, same signal. 1 to each side of the power amp and BOOM. Once my SVP Pro arrives I'll be doing the same thing. 600 watts to my Triad and 600 watts to my SVT-410HLF. Some power amps also allow you to jump the signal from one side to the other using a small patch cord. Same results, but you now have a spare 1/4" jack to send elsewhere.

    Have fun,

    Rebel X
     
  4. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    hey i hope you like your setup... right now i have the svp w/ an SWR 810... when you get it all, let us know if you can tell the difference between an ampeg head and an ampeg preamp on someone else's poweramp...
    sucks that you can't use both of the channels on the poweramp...
    about trading the 810 for 2 HLF's.. you'll get better bass response, at the expense of the punch of 8 sealed speakers... let us know how that goes too....
     
  5. Nino,
    Just a heads up on the Soundtech power amp: I've seen a LOT of their products on the bench. They've got a history of being unreliable, and I always thought they sounded pretty wimpy. Just something to consider;). The SVP-pro is a great preamp, though.
     
  6. Jeff Corallo

    Jeff Corallo

    May 30, 2000
    Nino - why are you considering changing from the SVTII?:confused:
     
  7. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    Good move on the SVP I love mine, but I also question the power amp. I too have seen and expeirienced some of their bad apples. I got my carvin DCM 1500 off of ebay for $430 and it was in brand new condition and has been perfect or look for a crown or something. Just my .02
     
  8. ChronicPyromaniac

    ChronicPyromaniac

    Jan 25, 2001
    Can you use the SVP by itself or do you have to have it running through another amp?
     
  9. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    yes

    the SVP is a PREAMP which bassicly means the "tone" part of the amp. you have to have a power amp to give it ..... power :)
     
  10. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    is getting a different power amp a possibility? how about sticking with the SVT-2 PRO? What if you traded in the SVT 2 for a better poweramp?

    If you are considering a different power amp, may I suggest the Crown K series:

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    they're about $1000 for the K1 and $1400 for the K2. Ive seen them used on eBay for about $500 each.
     
  11. This is the first time I've ever seen Nino with less than insanely good gear! :eek: ;)
     
  12. SVP-pro is a great preamp. The drive control is a cool tweakable feature, lets ya soak those preamp tubes really well. I can kill a lot of time just twiddling with the thing. But the DI can be a bit odd trying to record with.

    Big thumbs up man!

    Now just pick up a good power amp. Normal suggestions. Carvin DCM series, QSC PLX series, or crown.

    I have some problems figuring out what else to get, I'll need something with unbalanced inputs..hmmmmm.
     
  13. Jeff Corallo

    Jeff Corallo

    May 30, 2000
    I just bought a SVP-Pro and am looking at a Crown CE1000 amplifier (1100 watts bridged @ 4ohms, 475watts per sided at 4 ohms). AMS has them on sale for $399. Anyone have any experience with this amp?
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Well, I don't intend to get rid of of the SVT II. I saw lo-end talking about his SVP & I remembered that Guitar Center had a used one. The SVP-PRO lists for $699 & I got it for $225 + tax. So I HAD to get it. ;) I like the Soundteck because it's 1 space & I plugged it into my 810 & 410 together & it was LOUD & sounded great. Sometimes you gotta trust your ears & hope for the best. :D
     
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Well, I brought it to rehearsal tonight & I loved it. It sounded great. I have a gig this Saturday but I think there is a full backline there, so we'll see.

    P.S. I think instead of getting another SVT-410HLF, I'm going to get a Carvin RedEye 210 combo & pair it w/the SVT-410HLF I already own. Any thoughts?
     
  16. So how are you gonna run that system? Are you gonna drive the Carvin amp with the SVP and run your signal to the HLF and the 2X10? I wouldn't think the 2X10 could hang with with the HLF.
     
  17. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida

    im a little confused here, (no suprize right)...how are you gonna run the system? the carvin combo for a power amp thru the svp, then thru the hlf?
     
  18. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I'm planning to run the pre-amp to both sides of the poweramp. Then run channel 1 to the Carvin RL-210 & the channel 2 to the Ampeg SVT-410 HLF. A friend of mine has the Carvin cab so I'm conna ask him if I caould use it.

    It should work since the Carvin cab is 4ohm, 400W cab & each channel of the power amp is 4 ohm @ 400W.
     
  19. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida

    i dont see any reason why it wouldnt work either.
     
  20. Let us know how the Carvin 2X10 sounds relative to the Ampeg 4X10. I'm curious as to how they match up.