Best head for the buck?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RicPlaya, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Looking to upgrade my head. Looking at Gkrb1000 or Carvin1000. What would be the best head comperable in power and at a good price? Doesn't have to be the same manufacturer, doesn't have to be new just checking out the market looking for your expert opinions.
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Crown XLS402...........$199 around here.

    3-year no fault warranty as well.

    2-ohm Stereo (per channel): 570W
    4-ohm Stereo (per channel): 400W
    8-ohm Stereo (per channel): 260W
    8-ohm Bridged : 800w
    4-ohm Bridged : 1140w

  3. ojthesimpson


    Jul 21, 2003
    Draper, UT
    GK heads sound much better than Carvin but you have to watch their durability. I've heard the new modal 1000s are more solid.
  4. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Where do you find these, I never seen them around my area?
  5. Isn't the crown a power amp? Still, combined with a sansamp or something similar, it should compete.
  6. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Yes, the Crown is strictly a power amp.

    Local music shop near me has them for $199. I got the XLS402A from GC for $229, after a price match to an internet retailer. If you want to go that route, PM me. I will direct ya to the price match.

  7. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    I feel the exact opposite: having used both extensively, I think Carvin heads sound significantly better. To each his own!:D
  8. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    A used sm400s -- if youlook ahard should be able to find one @$400
  9. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    I'm a firm believer in GK heads for power/value, at least on the used market. I got lucky and ran across a 1001RB for $400.. about 2 years old.
    (That's 1001RB.. I've heard to many horror stories about the 1000RB to recommend 'em.)

    I'd also agree that the SM-400 is a great head if you find a deal as well.
  10. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Ditto. I saw 2 on this morning. Best Boom, slap, pop for the buck!:bassist:
  11. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder
    I'd recommend poweramp/preamp. You can get much more for your money! But get a good power amp, not a cheapy!
    The Crest LT series is one of the best bang for the bucks amp and very musical. They run around the $550 range for the LT1000 which is 1200 watts bridged mono. You can use an outboard preamp, etc to run it. You will have a solid amp for years to come and can always work toward the preamp you want.

    Good luck
  12. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Got a Eden World Tour 800 on sale...$700.00 out the door
  13. We have not had any failures on the 1001RB-II so far. It lists for $999. Also consider the 700RB-II and the 400RB-IV for less money.