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Blackstar Unity Combos and Powered Cabinets

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Plastalmonus, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. Just came across these and don’t think I’ve seen them mentioned yet.

    Unity Bass Series Amps | Blackstar Amplification

    Blackstar Unity combos and a 250w powered 15” cab.

    The combos come in 30, 60, 120, 250 & 500 watts and the powered cab is a 250w 15”.

    The 250w Combo is a 15” as well so you could pair them for a 2x15 500w stack or just take the combo for smaller gigs. Otherwise there’s the 500w 2x10 Combo that could be paired with the powered 15 for a 750w 2x10/1x15 stack.

    Not sure how they sound but the modular capabilities and power ratings certainly interest me. Tube emulation, overdrive and various other eq tweaks built in.

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  2. NeonVomit


    Jan 29, 2013
    London, UK
    500w 2x10 combo with that many bells & whistles sounds cool, but is that 4-ohm? What if I want to connect it to a 4x10 to really move some air on stage? But having said that, I use octaver, distortion, compressor and chorus pedals, so if they release a footswitch controller with a built-in tuner I'd be able to get rid of my entire pedalboard.

    All looks very cool, now waiting for the demos to come out. They might as well release the head on its own, and I suspect they will do as much.
  3. kringle77

    kringle77 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    Massena NY
    These look really good, I wonder how much they weigh?
  4. Very nice, integration of poweramp impulse responses into an affordable (probably) amp.
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  5. Mowbro


    Jul 6, 2015
    I can dig it.
  6. jdb72

    jdb72 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
  7. KB5

    KB5 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    Looks like the U500 is going to debut at $650ish. The vids sound great. Really want to try one of these. S
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  8. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    Need weight specs on the 250 and the 500! =0) I just recently 'replaced' my main Rumble tone with a Sansamp through the fx return, as I felt myself needing some of that tube-emu thump. But these things seem to be all that and a bag of chips or two. For 600 bucks? Almost a no-brainer, even if the FX are highly likely to be digital.
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  9. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    This is interesting. The input is analog (of course) and from that point on it's all digital.
  10. BigLoopDuke

    BigLoopDuke Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    I've always thought their guitar amp line was nice. The 250w 115 is an interesting choice. It seems to exclude the players who want the cut of 110s, which would make GK's MBP cabs way more configurable. Also, I'm wondering if you could mix and match GK MBP cabs with the Blackstar combo?
  11. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    mic cable connectivity for the GK, so I'm sure it could be done.
  12. husky123

    husky123 Commercial User

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Product Development Specialist for Bergantino Audio Systems
    I don’t know exactly how each weigh but even the biggest was super light when I picked it up at NAMM.
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  13. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    looks like no, none of them will push an external cab.
  14. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Well, if you read the website blurb, the only way to add additional cabinets is to use their powered speaker, much like the G-K MB series of combos. What I think is a miss is having just the 15" powered cab to match with all of the various combo speaker sizes ie mixed speaker size syndrome.
  15. They are moving into a new area of business- it is smart to be a little tentative and offer every configuration under the sun to begin with.

    These look killer
  16. Mixed drivers shouldn't be an issue (outside of desired driver tone) as they are being powered separately. Or so I believe.
  17. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    that's technically got nothing to do with it, but i guess we can assume that the various larger boxes are tuned and tweaked to be fairly similar to each other, enough not to cause any weird surprises when mixing the powered cab with say the 2x10 combo.
  18. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    yeah, where's the big dog, the 500w 2x10 powered cab? seems like that could become a hit for us standalone preamp users, a pro-level box that we could just bring out one or two of depending on the gig.
  19. jdb72

    jdb72 Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    They have an active 250 watt 1 x 15 cab for extension.
  20. DDXdesign

    DDXdesign formerly 'jammadave' Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 15, 2003
    Wash DC metro area
    That's what he's saying though, he thinks it's a miss that 250W/115 is the ONLY powered extension option. Walter's ask of a 500W/210 would make for a MIGHTY stack that 99% of us would never need, but that several would buy anyway =0)

    I'm eyeing both the 250W 115 combo and the 500W 210 combo - if I get gigging again I *might* need 500W, but do I want to carry 1 cab or 2 to get it? That is the dilemma. Currently my Rumble 500 combo is 210 and 350W alone, would get to 500 with an ext cab just like the Unity 250 would.

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