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can anyone recommend a good power amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wildbillking, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. wildbillking

    wildbillking Guest

    Sep 27, 2001
    phoenix, arizona
    i have an aguilar 659 preamp, an aguilar gs210, and an aguilar gs 115. the gs210 can handle 350watts and the gs115 can handle 400watts. i have always had the power amp and the preamp as one and this will be the first time doing it this way, but i love the simplicity of the aguilar preamp and the tone is the best tone i have ever heard in 10 years. so warm yet has such a bite and growl. i play a 5string fender deluxe jazz bass.
    my question is this: i want to get the most power my cabs can handle and i also want a lot of versatility. some people say a power amp can drastically affect the tone so i am being cautious. i want to keep a warm tone yet i want that mid punch. any help would be much appreciated
  2. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000

    You know you want it. Can you afford it?
  3. Consider an amp that will deliver twice your maximum required wattage. These are both 8 ohms cabs and combine for a 4 ohm parallel load. A PLX-1602 in bridge mode would provide enough power. If you run one cab one each channel, the PLX-3402 will provide lots of additional headroom, plus the amp will not work nearly as hard as it does in bridge mode.
  4. CYoung


    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
  5. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Peavey's DPC1400 is awesome. With digital power it is a light, one rack space amp that delivers 1400 watts. Got a great review in Bass Player and made it's debut at the NAMM show.

    It is a killer amp and after playing through one...I'd have bought one but I got a great deal on a used CS800S (the newer 2 rack space model) instead.
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Peavey Power Amp?

    Carvin DCM1000
    Uncolored and powerful.
    Ohh.. Also cheap.
  7. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Ha Ha Ha...that's funny. Anyone who thinks the DPC1400 is yuck, simply because it is made by Peavey, is stuck in 1980.
  8. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    I got a Carvin DCM1500. 1500 watts @ 4ohms. Its the best quality, no coloration, totally clean, and zero distortion. it was 500 bucks. yeah, wow. its got to be the BEST BEST BESTEST solid state poweramp for the price and the high quality its at. accept no other SS poweramp, other than the Carvin.:D :cool: :D :cool: :)
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    BP magazine uses a Hafler PRO5000 in their reference rig.
  10. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Check out the Crown K Series. They are the coolest looking, best sounding, most power effecient amps ever. The Crown k2 costs about $1399 and is a 2U rackmount.


    here are the specs for the Crown k2 power amp:


    the only thing the Crown amp doesn't have is Speakon connections. But everything else makes up for that!
  11. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Sorry Man, I have nothing against the Peavey name or products. (I like all the TXF and TVX Cabs)
    But in my opinion Peavey Power amps are very colored, honky, extremely limiting and I hate the unmusical effect of their DDT. They say its defeatable? LOL , when you defeat you can still hear it limiting and ruining your tone.

    Just compare it to a Carvin , a Stewart or QSC you will notice the difference right away.
  12. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy easy there, Ned Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    Hey, what happened to the groovey colors those Crown K1's and K2's came in? Now they're just all black?? Guess I should have jumped on one of those puke green ones!
  13. I recently bought a Crown K2 and , not surprisingly, must agree with lo-end. I run it bridged into 2 EA cabs ( not known for their efficiency) and solves that problem rather nicely. It sounds great!
  14. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Groovy colors? I think they look pretty cool with just black and blue.
  15. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI

    I had a Carvin...and I'm certainly not knocking them as I think they're great and still recommend them to anyone.

    But I don't find that the new Peavey power amps color anything. I think they are pretty much colorless !!!

    I really don't understand what you mean by the "unmusical effect of their DDT"...unless you are running a very marginal power amp into a cab that can handle way more than what the amp is rated at.

    I run a CS800S (bridged) into a 412TVX and I am really pounding the low end on stage...my amp's DDT never even kicks in. Perhaps you drive your amps too hard.