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Hartke HA 5500

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by marius mifsud, Feb 10, 2020.


  1. marius mifsud

    marius mifsud

    Jan 21, 2020
    Hello all,

    This my second post here, and this question is based on a bass amp head with model number Hartke 5500 which I am thinking to buy.

    The Hartke can handle 500W to a 4ohm speaker or 350W to an 8 ohm speaker.

    I am checking the Thomann website and thinking of buying either a Hartke 4X10 or a Hartke 4X10 with Hartke 1X15

    The 4X10 model is Hartke HyDrive HD410 which is 1000W @ 8ohm.
    The 1X15 model is Hartke HyDrive HD115 which is 500W @ 8 ohm.

    My questions re above are:

    Question 1:
    With the bass amp head in question will it handle both the above bass cabinets (or the 4X10 alone)? And if it does, are there any pre-cautions to consider (for example will the amp head be overloaded as the4X10 is 1000W)?

    Question 2:
    If you run only the 4X10 on the above mentioned bass head will the bass cabinet run at approximately 30% of its potential as the bass head runs at 350W @ 8 ohm, and the 4X10 is 1000W @ 8ohm?

    Regards
    Marius
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2020
  2. Artman

    Artman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
    Run one or both of those cabs as needed. The amp will sound great either way. The only difference is that you will be moving a lot more air with both cabs plugged in. That amp is strong enough to push both cabs, and those speakers will be just fine as long as you take it easy with that 30hz fader on your Hartke's graphic e.q. If you want to destroy the speakers in that 1000watt 410 with "just" 350 watts rms, push that 30hz fader up then start playing and wait for the fireworks.
     
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  3. tshapiro

    tshapiro Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    Jax Florida
    By the way, that 115 adds a nice bit of fat low end to compliment the 410. And, in my opinion these make the best combination for a big sound in a relatively lightweight set of cabinets. CE8389DC-8BE5-4319-B74F-78C8557287AF.jpeg
     
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  4. marius mifsud

    marius mifsud

    Jan 21, 2020
    Awesome :woot:. What bass head you using for them?
     
  5. marius mifsud

    marius mifsud

    Jan 21, 2020
    Thanks for your comment. Any other things I need to be aware of not to damage either the bass head or the bass cabinets? I am totally new so any feedback (even the obvious ones) is much appreciated.
     
  6. tshapiro

    tshapiro Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2015
    Jax Florida
    I happen to be using a Hartke LH1000. From a power perspective, it's got way more power than needed. But, it has the stereo 500 watt amps with a balance knob so you can balance the volume between the 2 cabs. The LH500 doesn't have that - It's a mono 500w amp. I have actually found this feature to be very helpful. In lower volume situations I turn down the 410 so I keep the fat low end of the 15 without the punch of the 410s. In louder situations I tend to turn down the 15 because the low end can be a bit much and the 410s allow me to cut through.
     
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  7. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Given that I sure favor the (4ohm) 8x10"
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    the (8ohm) 4x10" is more than enough
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    Especially with such a loud amp like the Ha 5500

    Believe me: the 4x10" (and those 350 "true" watts there) can get you goin'

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
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  8. Artman

    Artman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
    If you aren’t using a limiter or compressor pedal, use the amps built-in compressor. Plug your bass in, turn the compressor knob up slowly whilst playing the bass hard ( plucking hard if your a fingerstyle player or snapping if your a slapper) stop turning when the compressor led just begins to flicker red. You are ready to jam now. The compressor will help to tame transient spikes that could damage your speakers, and it wall also add a touch more punch to your sound.
     
  9. oldfclefer

    oldfclefer low ended Supporting Member

    May 5, 2005
    Southern Ohio
    I had an HA5500. It'll push those cabs with ease. Sounded great too. The problem I had with the HA5500 is that the D.I. didn't work. I could have had it repaired, but I was so blown away by the fact that it came from the factory like that, that I took it back and got a Mesa. That Mesa had issues of its own, but that's another thread. Anyway, check the d.i.
     
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  10. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    clever advice this one

    on recent lh series heads d.i. comes preamp out only (no option for post/power amp in stage) to keep it all the more plain an'simple the better

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
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  11. Artman

    Artman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Georgetown, TX
    Just test it to make sure it’s working. All of my 3500s have working D.I.s, but I have heard of some people having problems with theirs. That being said, our soundman actually prefers the Post preamp setting on my HA head.
     

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