Mesa Boogie 1516 Amplifier Matchup

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by halius, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. halius


    Jan 18, 2009
    Hey guys, this is my first time posting.

    Im in the market to upgrade my amplification. I just bought a Mesa Boogie 1516 Cabinet from a friend for $400 and now I need an amp to go with it. This cabinet has a switch to go from 4 ohm to 8ohm and is rated at 400 watts at 4 ohms. I've been looking at Genz Benz but what model should I go with? I would like something that I could possibly upgrade my cabinets with later (add more cabinets for example) so I don't mind going overkill and just playing at low volume for now.

    Your thoughts?
  2. Welcome..........

    First off, that cab DOES NOT have a switch to go from 4 ohms to 8 ohms.

    What it does have is seperate inputs for the 1X15 (8 ohms) and for the top half 1X10, 2X6, horn (also 8 ohm).

    If you run the cab as one cab, it is a 4 ohm load.

    Can't help with any amp suggestions as I don't play or like G/B amps.

    I power mine with a Carvin B1500.
  3. halius


    Jan 18, 2009
    Hmm. OK well it has one input jack in the back of its road ready case and a little dip switch. What does the switch do then?

    Amp suggestions do not have to be Genz Benz, thats just what I've been recommended other places.
  4. The rocker switch is for controlling the level of the horn/tweeter in the cab.
  5. halius


    Jan 18, 2009
    I assume you are using more than just the 1516, would that carvin be overkill for my setup?
  6. Depends on the gig.

    I usually run the 1516BE with a RR2X15.

    Never push the volume above 3-4, plenty of clean power and tons of headroom.

    I have run just the 1516BE by itself on smaller club gigs. Same thing........never above 3 on volume.

    Your needs may be different, but I'd rather have lots of power and not need it, than to not have enough power and need it.

    For the money, Carvin is one of the top bang for your buck amps out there and it is highly respected by members here.

    Same thing goes for the GK's too (just not my taste).
  7. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    Your 1516 was originally designed to pair with the Mesa D-180/400/400+ series amps. My old 1516BE road-ready was pretty dam awesome with my 400+. If mine would of only weighed 100 lbs, I'd probably have kept it around. If you run across a nice used Boogie tube amp, give it a try before you decide.
  8. bobsaver500


    Jul 3, 2008
    Try an Mpulse 600, I have one and it sounds good, but it has broke down 4 times in 2 months, tubes and a capacitor had to be replaced. I do think that I'm just unlucky tho, not heard a better amp through my 1516be.
    However, when I plug it into my 8ohm 15" only it sounds better, does anyone know why?? maybe my wiring has been pissed around with?
  9. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    I supose you could be right about its "wiring pissed around", but I'm thinking one of your 6", 10" speakers or horn could just be wore out or maybe you just prefer the sound of 15" speakers.