Hartke 3500 better than 4000?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassPlayerRH, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. Why is it that the Hartke 4000, which produces 220 watts at 8 ohm costs more than the Hartke 3500, which at 8 ohm produces 240 watts?
  2. Nick Wagner

    Nick Wagner

    Feb 24, 2003
    WA, USA
    Maybe the 4000 biamps?

    I dunno. I do know that some models have different interfaces, like the 1400 doesnt have the graphic, etc. I prefer the interface of the 2000/3500/7000
  3. darkspec


    Jan 2, 2003
    Cleveland Ohio
    The 4000 thousand has 50 more watts. And a diffrent interface. Its all knobs and no sliders. Other then that they are the same I believe. I plan on getting a 3500 soon, not a 4000....The 3500 looks far easier to use.
  4. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I believe the 4000 does biamp. I think it's 350 watts @ 4ohms and 50 watts @ 8 ohms. I seem to remember reading that somewhere....
  5. floydman

    floydman Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2002
    southeast CT
    i used to have a 4000 and it was 400w at 4 ohms and 280w at 8 ohms if i remember correctly. if was getting another hartke i'd definately go 3500 over 4000 for ease of use, like the other guys mentioned.
  6. I've read in many websites that the 4000 delivers 220 or so watts at 8 ohms but if you get to read the owners manual (its available for downloading in the hartke website) it says that delivers 280 or 290 at 8 ohms.
  7. Matthias


    May 30, 2000
    Vienna, Austria
    I've been told by a trustable salesguy that the Hartke 4000 has a completely new and different circuit design. (Which is rather obvious as it has no tube preamp and a parametric EQ instead of a graphic EQ, but I believe the power amp is new as well)

    On the amp it says 290Watts @ 8Ohm which seems to be a bit much, OTOH 220W is a bit low for an amp which puts out 400W@4Ohms. But both figures are not unrealsistic, depending on power amp design.

    The HA4000 is not biamp-able.
    It's the GK 700RB which has a 380W + 50W power section.

    From what I could hear in the shop I did like the HA4000 better, I also prefer a parametric EQ over a graphic (it takes some time to get used to it though).

    I guess the HA4000 is supposed to be 'better' or more advanced than the HA3500, hence the price difference

  8. Marley's Ghost

    Marley's Ghost Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    The Hartke 5000 and 7000 are Bi-ampable. The 4000 is not.
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    My 4000 is brand new. I play in a cheezy band with overloud guitarists.
    I'll let you know how the 4000 trial goes.
  10. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    I opted for the 4000 , got it for a lower price than the 3500 and I perfer the Parametric EQ which does take some time to get use to. The 3500 has the ability to combine SS and tube and has gain and pre-gain the 4000 does not , it is all SS . Currently diving the amp into a 4ohm load and it does the job in a medium size club without DI to the PA. It's a good amp in this price range ( $400 ) but I am going to go with a power amp setup ( QSC ) in the near future for more headroom and power. Try them both with your bass ,both are good amps. You can also look at some power amps and pre's you maybe able to find something that will give more power and headroom than the Hartkes , it may cost a little more but it maybe a better buy depending on your needs.