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Best Bang for the Buck Power Amp (not head)?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Looking for a light-weight power amp (not head) to run with a Sans Amp pre-amp. Would prefer 1U (but would do 2U if I have to), under 30 lbs if possible, 900+ watts in bridged mono @ 4 ohms, under $500 new or used. Suggestions? Thanks!
  2. RBASS930

    RBASS930 Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    New York
    The new (but have not heard any reviews yet) Crown XTi-1000 is 1400 watts at 4 Ohms bridged, $499.99, and weighs in at 17lbs in a 2U form.


    I hear great things about the Carvin DCM series of amps. They have 3 or 4 models under $500 that will get you in the 1000 watt to 1500 watt range at 4 Ohms bridged with weight ranging in the 23lb to 26lb range in a 2U form.


    I'm sure there are more. Hope this helps a little. Good luck!
  3. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Carvin DCM1000. You can get them real cheap. I had no trouble with mine, which ran bridged at 8 ohms (loud!) for about three years. 25 pounds or so, 1kw into 4 ohms mono.
  4. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    i picked up a stewart 1.2 for $350 (used). Cant remember how many watts it was bridged (sold it to buy my focus sa) but i think b/n 800 -1000. weighs 13lbs.
  5. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    The Stewart World 1.2 bridges 1200 watts into 4 ohms, and weighs 11 pounds (by the spec sheet on the website: I'm not saying your weight figure is wrong!). This would be my first choice for a lightweight power amp.

    Good Luck,
  6. can't go wrong with Carvin.
  7. 8mmOD


    Mar 20, 2005
    I endorse & use Tech 21 pedals, Eminence loaded cabs, EMG pickups, Jim Dunlop picks & Ernie Ball Strings, BC Rich Basses.

    My only complaint is the 1.2 is convection cooled & mine has shut down when it was REALLY hot in the room. But these were pretty extreme tropical conditions that most people would probably not encounter & I was pushing the amp hard. After the second shut down, I eliminated the problem by clipping a small fan onto the rack case and pointing it at the back of the amp. I use mine for PA & bass.

    I paid $400 for each of mine on ebay, including shipping.

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