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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ddnidd1, Apr 12, 2012.
Just curious. What are the highest wattage combos?
hartke had the combo with a removable head, 350 watts I think.
fender had the tb60 600 watt head and 2 speaker combo.
these are what comes to my mind.
basically all higher powered combos are heads paired with cabinets in an enclosure (usually removable head)
Dont get too caught up in wattage, it really doesnt mean much. It takes 10 times the wattage to double your volume, if your speakers can even handle the power increase, most cant even handle what they are rated at. You get more sound from adding speakers. A 210 will only get so loud. This is why bigger cabs were invented. A 410 will be louder than a 210, an 810 even louder.
GK's top of the line combos a few years ago were offered with a GK1001RB-II, which is 700 watts at 4 ohms. Way too much for the 2x10 that it came loaded in. Non-removable (no top/side case). You could order those parts for another $100.
Carvin Redline Cyclops I think had two versions- 600 watt and 1000 watt into 4 ohms!!!
If I recall the weight tho it was whopping- something like 120 lbs due to a 15 and 2x10 in the same enclosure...
Eden Metro is advertised as 550 W @ 4 ohms, and 750 W @ 2 ohms. It's pretty nice that it is stable down to 2 ohms, but it's just too heavy to be really portable. The SWR Redhead is a comparable amp, although I am not sure if it is stable down to 2 ohms.
The smallest high power combo I know of is the Markbass 121P combo. 29lbs, 1x12/piezo, 300 [email protected], [email protected]
one of the most popular Markbass products.
I have a Carvin BRX-212- adding the right ohmage cabs gets it down to 800w @ 4ohm. The 2 onboard 12s(at 300-something, I think)give me PLENTY of boom - I call it *the cannon*
PJB Roadcase. 750w 12x5. I'd like to hear one.
don't know about most powerful
but the loudest I have sampled is the mesa m6 212
however, I don't know why anyone would get that over just the head and a separate cab
Mesa Walkabout is 300w @ 4ohms, ~525w @ 2 ohms.
Like many combos, the amp puts out more than the single driver cab can really handle, but I'm guessing its designed that way for expand-ability.
Use the combo for smaller gigs, add an ext cab for larger/louder and the amp still has the juice to drive the bigger driver load.
or possibly its older discontinued brother - the Mesa Venture 2x12 (MPulse600 into a PH2x12)
Those M6 combos are superbly loud and sound great. I played one in 2009, and soon thereafter picked up a used Mesa M9 head here from TB classifieds.
But IMHO, you are 100% correct about head/cab units vs. combos. If weight is a factor, combos generally are a drag to schlep, and lock you into a trap.
It is hard to argue with the modularity of a 34 lb 210 cab in my right hand, a gig bag on my back, an LL Bean bag with a 3.75 lb 600 watt @ 4 ohm Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 amp and cables, etc. over my left shoulder, and my other hand free to open doors. That's a single carry for a lot my smaller gigs/rehearsals.
Kustom Groove Bass 310C was 1200 watts, and a combo. Huge and heavy.
Was it really dumping all of it's power into those three tens? I had the G1200H head with a G410H cab running and even though I never quite liked the tone it would really move some air. It was just too sterile and boring and not necessarily in a super clean way. IIRC, the 1200w RMS @ 2 ohms rating was at 5% THD.
Bergantino IP112 - 500 into 8, 1000 into 4 ohms.
Yes, it was. I had the 600 watt 210 version and it was just TOO much. And I agree about the tone. Still, if LOUD is all you want in a combo, the 310c is the way to go. Bring friends to move it!
I just got that one today used for 299.00. Really looking forward to seeing how it sounds.