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bass amp as power amp? probem?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by adamaarts, Nov 27, 2005.


  1. adamaarts

    adamaarts Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    i am putting together a home studio, i got some decent speakers but had no power amp to use at the time so i hooked up my carvin R1000 to them, but to bypass the pre amp i put the mixer out to the effects return on the carvin. it works, no stereo sound, just mono, but for now its ok.

    is this setup bad for my amp?

    any suggestions on good and cheap monitors/amps/ something else?
     
  2. The 0x

    The 0x

    Aug 24, 2003
    Timonium, MD
    I use my 200s for a practice PA, but I dunno about those. The Red Line heads suck, though.
     
  3. adamaarts

    adamaarts Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    well i guess im more worried about using the effects return instead of using the input. it bypasses the preamp and main eq section giving a nice clean tone, ut will this ruin the amp?
     
  4. No it won't ruin the amp.I used my old R 1000 with a Sans Amp bass driver and later with my RBI preamp into the effects return and it worked great.The R 1000 has the same power section as the DCM 1000 and will work as a poweramp just fine.For stereo their may be poweramp inputs on the back of the amp that you could use but it's been a long time since I had mine so I'm not sure about that.The preamp on the Redlines is tough to dial in but the power sections are great.
     
  5. No, it will be fine, this is exactly how older amps used to get chained together...
     
  6. I went to the Carvin site and dowloaded the manual.What you want to do is use the stereo return jacks on the back of the amp with the left-right outputs from your mixer.This bypasses the preamp and will work as a stereo poweramp.The amp 1 and amp 2 volumes on the front can control the volume of each speaker but you would probably leave them all the way up and control volume with your mixer.If you like the sound of this you may want to think of using a Carvin poweramp for playback,the DCMs are nice amps.