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Carvin BX1600 / BX1500 Users

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by xbud, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. xbud


    Nov 9, 2012
    Southwestern, PA
    Anyone else using this head yet? Or a BX1500 with the same issue?

    I ask because I have one and I am liking the sound but there are a couple of things that just don't seem right.

    First, I am getting a lot of amp hiss, I figured this is because it needs tweaked to find the right settings, but I found it doesn't matter how I adjust, weather I bypass the tube, or engage the equalizer, I am still getting the same cabinet hiss (tried multiple cabinets as well).

    Called Carvin and talked one of the amp techs he asked me to unplug my bass from the amp and turn all of the volume knobs to noon and see if it makes the the same hiss, and it does. He tells me it is probably faulty and sends another one. The replacement is doing the same thing, It cant just be coincidence that I got two faulty amps? I am under the impression that this is just how they are and I need to decide if I can live with it.

    Also if I plug in my Zoom MS-60B into the amp I get the Hiss with a high pitched hum as well.....anyone else using this combo?

    Can anyone confirm this?

    I appreciate the help.
  2. 5port


    Oct 14, 2009
    LI,new yawk
    BX1500 user here. No hiss at all and I use the parametric and equalizer together. Had to clean cables with Deoxit a couple years ago and that's all. Runs like a Trane. I'm wondering what they changed that would cause hiss. Some of the ribbon cables in my amp are purposely twisted and I'm guessing that it was done to fight noises like hiss.

  3. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Mine is quiet. Any hiss that you hear will be inaudible on stage. BX1500
  4. Same here.
    Maybe the 1600 has some new issue that the 1500 didn't.
  5. Raslee


    Jul 4, 2007
    South west UK
    No issues with my BX1500 either. Have you tested leads & speakers?