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Best power amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Heckxx, Nov 23, 2004.

  1. Heckxx


    Nov 2, 2004
    Libertyville, IL
    So what do u all suggest for good dependable, powerful power amps? I'm eventually buying myself the Ampeg SVP-CL, and I was thinking of getting the Mackie 1400i power amp. How do those QSC amps (or any other good ones) compare to the Mackie? I'm looking for amps around that 1400i price range, 600 bucks or so.
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I am a fan of the power amps made by Crown. They have a very inexpensive entry level series that are nice. But, I'd pay the extra for the next series up from that.

  3. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I also have a lot of respect for Crown amps, I've seen used Crown Micro Tech series amps in great shape sell on Ebay for what you're willing to spend. IMO Crown's Macro Tech series are one of the best amps available, but as MJ5150 stated, they aren't cheap. They're not lightweight either, but they have tons of headroom. Check out Crown's website, they make several different series at different price ranges.

    I don't have any experience with Mackie's amps, but besides Crown I'd highly recommend Crest. I recently bought a Crest CA9 power amp. So far, so good. It's on the heavy side, but it really packs a punch. Crest also has several different series to choose from.

  4. joetheragman


    Oct 4, 2004
    Carvin DCM 1500 is in that range for $399. They are great.
  5. I would say that you would be safe getting a Crown.
  6. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Look for a used QSC PLX series, very light, super reliable, great for bass. I picked up a 3002 used on Ebay for about $600, and its been great.
  7. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    I am a Crown fan as well. I have used PowerBase 2's and 3's in my rig for years without a hitch. I have a couple of Mackie 1400i's in my backup rig, no complaints there either.

  8. afroman

    afroman Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I second that Carvin DCM1500. The re-designed them and they're lighter and 2U now. I love mine and it's powerful as hell. It has Speakon connectors and I just feel the difference when I changed from heads to preamp = powewramp. Any amp you buy, you'll love the difference those extra watts make.

    I hope this helped...
  9. troll


    Aug 31, 2000
    Chicago area
    I'll second the QSC amps. I started with an rmx1450, and moved into a plx1602 to gain a few watts, and shave 20 lbs out of my rack. The plx is a great amp without spending a ton while keeping weight down. The dip switches for settings and flexability of outputs makes it a winner.

  10. Now those who mentioned QSC had good suggestions. QSC gives you lots of watts at good prices.
  11. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I have had a couple QSC PLX amps and really liked them. I currently use a 1202.
  12. jondog


    Mar 14, 2002
    NYC metro area
    I used to use the Mackie 1400i, now it runs my PA subs. Ultra-reliable, plenty of power, heavy.
  13. the dude

    the dude Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    I've also got the Mackie - but for bass, I prefer the Crest CA-9 - which you can easily snag (used) within your price range.

    +1 Crest CA9
  14. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    Anyone use QSC's RMX line?
  15. I think the QSC RMX 850 and RMX 1450 are great poweramps for not a huge amount of cash. if you think you are going to need more power then the 1450 offers I would suggest one of the PLX models because if you want to spend that much then you might as well get something lighter.

    I'd recomend a RMX 1450, I think it is worth the extra hundred bucks for the headroom and extra wattage you get.
  16. cgworkman


    May 14, 2004
    I just bought a 2450, that's why I was asking :)
  17. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    Sounds like there are plenty of good choices out there. I have the same pre amp (SVTCL) and just bought a Yamaha P2500S to power it with. ($400) 400 watts per channel at 4 ohms. worked great with my 2 Goliath II Jrs. at the gig last night. This is supposed to be my small rig and my soundman still thought I was too loud. :meh: What cabs will you be using with this setup and what kind of music do you play? I think just about any amp suggested here will get the job done. Bob from QSC comes in here often and answers questions, so if you go with QSC that's an added bonus.
  18. In 19 years of 'shade tree' performing and pro audio, it's hard to go wrong with Crown, Crest, QSC, or Yamaha power (I'm sure there are other good amps out there, such as Claire Bros. Carvers, etc.)

    Power amps that have served me and my band well, over the years:

    PLX 3002
    PLX 1602
    MX 1500
    MX 2000
    RMX 1850HD

    CA 12

    PowerBase 1
    PowerTech 2
    MicroTech 1200

    P2000 ?? (back in 1987 or so, had mechanical VU meters, weighed a ton, and 100 wpc :D )

    PM 1.5t

  19. BassKat


    Nov 23, 2004
    Never settle for mediocre. Go all the way to the top when you want something. When I joined the rock band I'm in now... I didn't settle for anything less than the Ampeg SVT Classic. It could be said for bass guitars too... don't settle for the cheap ones that will warp in a month or do not give you the exact sound you want... go to the best so you never have to worry about replacing it. It'll save time, engery, and money in the end.
  20. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    I'm using a SoundTech PS-802 in my 2-space rackbag, and it ROCKS! I have yet to put it past 5 on the gain. I run a BMax to it, and the sucker is LIGHT. My whole rack is 25 lbs, and it puts out up to 800 watts at 4 Ohms, 400 a side. I got mine used on the Bay for about $250. They had an older model, the PS-800, also single space, but I heard they fixed a heat issue on them with a different fan, so I went for the 802. A buddy of mine has the exact same rig as me- BMax, PS-802, Avatar 212, and he loves it!