does this sounds like a good pre/power amp setup?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wotnwhy, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. i've decided to venture into the pre/power amp territory, for upgradability if anything else.

    here's what i'm looking at:

    Tech 21 RBI pre-amp (329 UK pounds, $530)
    Carlsbro 400/400 power amp (249 UK pounds, $401)

    everyone raves about the sansamp DI, and the pre amp is bassically the same with a few more controlls. and the carlsbro will provide plenty of power, and it's a lot cheaper than any other power amps, but is this at the expense of good sound?

    whats everyones thought on this setup (haven't decided on the cabs yet)? any other options to consider (noting it can't really be any MORE money, as this is already stretching my budget)?

    thanks for your help

  2. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    The Sansamp is a good one, dont know anything about your amp. If you like the sound and performance, it's a good set up.

  3. rdkill


    Jan 20, 2003
    The QSC RMX850 goes for $300 over here in the colonies and is the "sure bet" in its price range. The new Behringer EP1500 goes for the same and is getting good reviews. If I didn't already have the QSC I'd get the EP1500. Try to find one of these over there before you gamble on an unknown I'd say. Then you'd have top notch gear you don't have to worry about going boobies up in the middle of a gig - or apologize for sounding less than the best. :)
  4. thanks for the replies

    i was looking into the behringer but it's not for me. the things i've heard about them are bad (a cheaper knock-off version of the QSC) and 1500w is nice in theory, but the extra money i'd have to spend on cabs that could handle that sorta power makes it a waste of time

    i'll look some more into the QSC's though

    keep the posts comming! :D

  5. of, i've looked into the QSC, and their a lot more expensive over hear, the cheapest one i found was 380 pounds (almost $600)! so their out of the question (for the time being, this is half the point of getting the pre/power set up, i can always upgrade to a QSC should i ever feel the need to)

    but on my search i've come accross another option.

    Peavey PV 900 Power Amplifier. 300 Watts per side into 4 Ohms, and 450 Watts into 2 Ohms. 289 pounds

    how is good is this power amp compared to the carlsbro? any others in this price range (not over 300 pounds)?

  6. rdkill


    Jan 20, 2003
    Peavey makes decent power amps. I'd still go with the Behringer though. You don't have to bridge it, yah know. If you just run an 8 ohm cab on one or both sides it'll run super cool and only 260 watts so a cab rated at 130 watts or more would be OK. Watch that limiter light though and don't peg it!
  7. avatar cabs! 1400 watts for a 4x10
  8. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    I honestly forgot about currency and actually thought "damn, Peavey stuff is heavy!" ;)

    I've used the 900 a few times in a PA, and it does the job. I say go with the PV. Plus it has a built in crossover, so you could bi-amp if you desired.
  9. can't get avatars in the UK, but man i wish we could

  10. rockindoc

    rockindoc Daily Lama

    Jan 26, 2002
    Bonham, Tx
  11. i'm in the UK, so if that site does ship to the UK it would still probably work out cheaper buying it here
  12. rockindoc

    rockindoc Daily Lama

    Jan 26, 2002
    Bonham, Tx
    Their sale price advertises free shipping (in the U.S., I imagine) so they might make you a deal.
  13. ndjx


    Oct 26, 2001
    Can someone give me a link to reviews of the Behringer Power amps?
  14. well i've ordered the sansamp pre-amp, should be here in the next few days.

    seen as i have a rig thats in full working order i'm in no major rush to get the whole rig (apart from this head, i'm gonna be recording some stuff in the next couple of weeks, and i wanna use this pre-amp for it). i think i'll be getting the peavey PV900 (300w a side at 4 ohm)for the power department, unless i find a good 2nd hand deal. and i'm gonna have a go at making my own cabs which'll be an eminence kappa 15LF, and 2 eminence kappa 12's. should be fun