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Just bought an Ashdown mibass 2.0. Question for class D gurus.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by creis2, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. creis2


    Nov 11, 2011
    Cambridge, MA
    Didn't really need a new head, but I got this on eBay for very cheap. I won it on eBay auction for ~$200, I was happy. I'm a huge Ashdown fan.

    After playing it at home, it sounds great. Very similar tone to the ABM series.

    I do have a concern about the power rating, however. I feel they have exaggerated the power output. Which is surprising, I feel like my ABM 500 is conservatively rated. Here's why:

    I like to open stuff up when I buy it, I did the same with this amp. I know most manufactures don't build their own class D modules, the same with this. I noticed it says "Abletec alc0300" on it, so I decided to give it a google search.

    Here's what's inside my amp, splitting image of what's shown in the picture: http://www.profusionplc.com/images/data%20sheets/alc0300-1300.pdf

    I notice the spec sheet says there's a 320 watt output.

    On the Ashdown site it says both "the MiBass 2.0 is a hugely potent bass amplifier head, utilizing a devastating 640-watt peak (400watt RMS) power section" and in the spec sheet it says "Power Output (RMS) 640 Watt".

    Has Ashdown fallen into the category of manipulating specs?
  2. chienmort


    Aug 15, 2012
    Well there us hardly an amp manufacturer on the planet that has not played fast and loose with a spec occasionally.

    The Abletec amp is rated at 320 watts RMS into a 4 ohm load at 1% THD. (Total Harmonic Distortion). At 8 ohm impedance we can expect just shy of 200 watts.

    It is rated at 400 watts RMS at 10% THD into a 4 ohm load or 240 watts at 8 ohms.

    So where does 640 watts come from? Apart from being twice 320 I don't know.

    The ABM is rated at 575Watts into 4 ohms but there is no indication of the distortion at that level. If we assume 10% then the difference in acoustic output between the two amps should be all but inaudible.
  3. Dricoman


    Apr 19, 2013
    Mesa Arizona
    I have a Ashdown MiBass 2.0 and it doesn't seem to be that powerful. It's fine as a band practice amp.
    if you dont play really loud. I was told by Bass place in Phoenix that everyone says it doesn't work well at 4 ohms.
    Seems to be great compact amp. but no mute button ;p(....Paid $140.00 not bad.
  4. The found the Owners Manual on Ashdown's website but it is all but useless. What I can gather from various online discussions is that this amp won't drive a 4 ohm cabinet at all, only two 8 ohm cabs and only plugged separately, directly into each 8ohm Speaker Output, no daisy chaining into one side. This leads me to believe that it's not a Parallel Output at all and this amp is truly only 200 watts RMS PER SIDE making it actually a stereo amp (not unlike my SWR SM400) except without a balance control and it is absolutely not Bridgeable ... very disappointingly misleading. No wonder GC in Maple Grove has a used one for $160. The lack of assignable or split Mid Controls also shoots this thing right in the butt for me.

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