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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by TBASS, Oct 7, 2004.
I would like to hear any opinions about the sound, power, and quietness of this amp.
Haven't played one, but at MSRP $417 and only 100 Watts at 8 Ohms, I think you can do much better for the price.
I used to own a Peavey DeltaBass head, which is now the Max 160 (same amp, different looks).
First, I think the amp sounded great! The EQ options were versatile enough to go from modern Slap tones to Old School Rock. It's an all solid-state amp, so it's very quiet with no humming or buzzing.
Now, for the power...
Unless you have a big, efficient speaker cab, 160w is not going to be very loud. My DeltaBass would just barely get by for small gigs. That's why I sold it.
If you're interested in the Peavey Max line of amps, I would highly recommend spending a little more money and getting the Max 450 or 700.
Thanks Eric & slater. I know the amp is low powered but I only need it for home practice and playing with acoustic players (guitar,dobro,banjo,etc.) mostly in home venues. I quit gigging some 25 years ago. I'm looking for a silent as possible head without spending to much for now to replace my carvin pb300 which has a very noisy fan.
The Max 160 should be fine then.
FWIW, you may want to look for a used Peavey Session Bass head. It's a 200 watt head, smaller and lighter than the Max 160, and is at least as good as, if not better than, the Max 160 sound-wise. I've seen them sell for about $200...
Old thread, but if you are still considering, I have a Sessionbass, and use it for similar kinds of playing as you are. It is a great amp, very nice pre-amp flexibility, clean wide-range sound, and silent electronics, except for the fact that it, also, has a very loud fan. Go with the Deltabass or Max 160 (which I believe also has no fan??) if you are going to be playing in acoustic settings and the fan noise bothers you. All of them are in the 130w->8ohm, 200w->4 ohm power range and have I believe identical preamps.