Best Brand for Power Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Poon, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hey guys,

    I'm in the market for a power amp, and I don't really know whats that great. Most people I know use QSC, so I'm inclined to use QSC, but would I be better off going with another company? Is there any companies that are more bang for the buck (great value), and what is the best quality wise? My Budget is $500 or less. I'd like to buy my preamp for less than $500, and depending on how much money I have left, I'll spend that accordingly. But I'd like to spend the least amount possible to get the sound and performance that I desire.

    What's good though?
    QSC? CROWN? BEHRINGER? Stweart? Mackie? Nady? ??? I'm hoping to get something relatively light weight, so when I lug around my rack, it doesn't weigh as much as my cabs. I'd prefer to keep the whole rack under 50lbs. And if possible under 40lbs.

    Are there other options or features I should really be looking at in a power amp?

    I'll be running a 4-ohm Version of the Aguilar GS410, as well as I'm thinking of getting Some Aguilar GS112's...So I'd like the power amp to have Neutrik SpeakonĀ® outputs. I'd prefer something that has a power switch on the front of the amp as well as be able to be 2 0hm stable on one channel. Thanks fellas.
    If you have any questions about my particular needs, please let me know.

  2. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    QSC is my personal fave... :D if i were you, i'd stay away from nady! :spit: :eek: you asked, i answered. ;)
  3. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I also vote for QSC. I have a PLX 2402 and an RMX 1850HD, and both have been rock solid. My band's PA has a pair of RMX 2450s, which likewise have been bulletproof.

    Crown, Crest, Mackie, and Peavey also make good solid power amps. I've heard mixed reports about the Stewart World series.

    The new Behringer power amps are a thinly disguised ripoff of the QSC RMX series. If you want to buy a "throwaway" power amp, the Behringer is the one. :p
  4. Tightanic

    Tightanic Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2000
    Another vote for QSC, I get nice results with mine (PLX1202).

  5. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    QSC...workhorse amps!!!

    I tried mine side by side with a Crest that had about the same power rating but cost 75% more.

    I'm glad I got the QSC.
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    hey, I use a crown, but that's just me. They are really quite heavy, but bulletproof. I'd say go with the QSC. Behringer stuff is great for the money, and it is a rip off of the QSC. So if you like QSC, but want to save a bit more money, that'd be the way to go.
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I've been pleased with my Hafler.
  8. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I like my Stewart World 2.1: light, powerful, clean, transparent.
  9. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    QSC. I own a new PL224 and it's great.
  10. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Thanks for all of your guys help.
    Now what series should I get? There are so many on the QSC web-site. I've been told the PLX is good. I heard the RMX is the entry level one. Can someone break it down to me what is the
    Good, Better, Best model lines for QSC. How much do all of these cost as well or what is reasonable.
  11. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    I believe it's from good to best...RMX,PLX,Powerlight 2,and Powerlight
  12. Schwinn


    Dec 4, 2002
    Sarasota, FL
    If you can swing it, go for the PLX, since weight is a factor. The RMX is one heavy mo' fo'...but otherwise its a great amp, that's why I have one. :)
  13. JJBluegrasser

    JJBluegrasser Wannabe Snazzy Dresser

    Apr 17, 2003
    USA, Raleigh, NC
    I've got a PLX1202 and it weighs in at just north of 20 pounds. I feel great about the extra cash every time I pick it up. 20 compared to 40 pounds is a bigger difference in the field than it is in the store.

    I think I can hear a slightly better thump out of the PLX series as compared to the RMX, but I could be wrong. RMX is still a good amp, but I think the PLX is worth the price difference.
  14. I've been very happy with my carvin amps. Good price, nice clean wattage. I've had them 3 years breakdowns.
  15. rok51


    Sep 2, 2002
    Crawfordville, FL
    I've got a PLX 1602 and love it. It matches great into just about any cabinet combination that I'm likely to use. The RMX series is the 'bang for the buck" champion. I have one of the PV2600s that I use on the PA for subs. It is very similar to the RMX series...but I think you will be able to find the QSCs for less money. I also have a pair of Yamaha CP2000s(also in the PA). Way cheap. Very solid, basic design. Available for just 'north' of $400.

  16. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Not to disparage Carvin, but anyone who thinks their DCM series is cheaper than QSC's RMX series hasn't shopped around! I know of at least two dealers who will offer great prices on the RMX.
  17. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    Everybody always compares Carvin poweramps with the QSC RMX series. Has anybody ever compared them with a PLX?
  18. I wasn't comparing prices with Carvin and Qsc. I was just stating that I own Carvin power amps and have good luck with them. I think both brands make good amps. Personally, I wouldn't go with Nady. BTW..good to see you here Chucko.
  19. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    I wouldn't. The PLX series is definitely a step up in price and a BIG step down in weight from the Carvin DCMs. The DCMs are traditional design power amps; the PLXs use a very advanced power supply design, which is why they're so much lighter.

    The Carvin amps are lighter than the comparable RMXs, for whatever that's worth.

    I only mention the prices because at one point I was looking at buying a Carvin DCM 1500... until I found out I could get an RMX 1850HD for a better price!
  20. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    Besides the price and weight, how would it compare in sound?