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iAmp600 vs. iAmp800

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ElephantTalk, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. ElephantTalk

    ElephantTalk

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indy
    Has anybody had experience with both of these heads?

    What are your opinions on the tone?
    Is it worth while to get an 800 over the 600 for the 2Ohm capability and the little extra power?

    -El T
     
  2. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    Hi,

    I'm guessing you have found an NOS iAMP600 since they are not manufactured anymore. iAMP600 was before my time with EA so I can't compare the two having only used the iAMP800 and 500. Hopefully someone will chime in and help you out.

    Steve
     
  3. ElephantTalk

    ElephantTalk

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indy
    Just the opposite.... :p
    I have the 600 but was considering the 800.
     
  4. I've owned both and the 350. Overall the tone on all three was extremely similar. The iAmp 800 gives you some more headroom and it's lighter. I think that the 600 is around 27 lbs and an 800 is 19 lbs.

    It might be worth it to get the 2 Ohm capability and more power. Do you have a 2 ohm setup of cabs? 800 W won't have a very noticeable volume increase over 600 W.
     
  5. ElephantTalk

    ElephantTalk

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indy
    I've got a 2.67ohm load that I could use.
    I was thinking of switching some cabinets around though.

    Thanks!
     
  6. At 2 ohms the iAmp 800 puts out 1000 watts with (I believe) 2000 peak watts.
     
  7. At 4 Ohms the 800 puts out 800 W and the 600 puts out 600 W. That's the comparison I was making. If ElephantTalk is using a 4 Ohm setup now, then that's what he'd be using on the 800 and then he'd have another 200 W of power. I guess it might have been unclear.

    That said, 400 W will make little difference to actual volume as well, though it also depends on how the speaker setup is changed. You'll get some more headroom, which could make a big difference if you're running the 600 near clipping already.
     
  8. My only point was that the iAmp 800 is capable of putting out 1000 watts.
     
  9. BSR6P-Bob

    BSR6P-Bob

    Apr 5, 2005
    I've owned both so here is my take.

    Iamp800-No Fan noise,Great Clarity,"Tube-Like Fat but tight" Low End. Dual FX Loop but No Tuner (Newer) or Single FX loop with Tuner (Older). 2 ohm capable.

    Iamp600-Some fan noise (Not Objectionable), Great clarity,Tight but not Fat Low End, Dual FX Loop AND Tuner.
    4 ohm minimum load.

    Both great amps and the 600 is still supported by EA.

    I say if the flexibility of handling loads below 4 ohms is important to you, you'll be very happy with the 800.
     
  10. ElephantTalk

    ElephantTalk

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indy
    There could be another 4ohm cab in my future. This would justify (in my head :) ) the need for a 2ohm capability.
     
  11. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    the iAMP-800 is cheese / beef cake in a box. :bassist:
     
  12. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    There you go. It's scary how easy it is to justify more gear! The beauty is that you are justifying this gear purchase with... yet another gear purchase! Excellent! I commend you. :D

    Tom.
     
  13. ElephantTalk

    ElephantTalk

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indy
    ****bows before Mjollnir, humbled...***
    :D
     
  14. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    ROTFLMAO!! This could be in small type somewhere on the inside of the front cover of the manual. :D
    Tom, someone is using this quote as their signature right now as I type. If not, can I use it? :p
    JEM
     
  15. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Feel free!
     
  16. ElephantTalk

    ElephantTalk

    Jan 20, 2005
    Indy
    Well, I did it!!!
    I got an 800. It's the older (red-knob) style.
    I can now do a shootout between these two heads.

    I'm just all giddy that I don't have to worry about speaker config anymore.
    :hyper:

    -El T
     
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Great! One note, though. I would recommend sending the amp in to Gary at EA for a checkup. My iAMP 800 was originally a red knob version ( which has been changed to a "black knob" version!), and Gary did some minor upgrades for me (I think they mount the tuner chip a little differently, maybe a capacitor change or two, and possibly some different jacks; all minor stuff, but still cool to have done). Customer service at EA is really exceptional, even on used gear!

    Enjoy, Tom.
     
  18. At one point they received a shipment of 'bad' switched jacks. Specifically the passive input and the effects send jacks. If the switch on either of those jacks stops functioning it will result in no signal to the speaker outputs. They're easily swapped out if you have the correct replacement jacks.
     
  19. Steve Clark

    Steve Clark Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    London ON
    You just need one more. :)

    Kasim Sulton's rig originally posted by TBer rhythm

    [​IMG]
     
  20. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Did you ever do this shootout? If so, I may have missed it. But I have an iAMP 350 and an iAMP 500 on their way to me, so I may be able to do a 350/500/800 shootout sometime in the near future! ;)