Need a 2ohm bass head..

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bryan Baldanza, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Bryan Baldanza

    Bryan Baldanza

    Mar 12, 2019
    Hello, I own a Ashdown 4x10 450wat 4ohm bass cab.. I want to get a head that will support the 4ohm single cab but also support a 2 x 4ohm cab load when im playing bigger gigs... The only 2ohm head iv been able to find so far is the Mesa Subway D-800... is there other options.. I want to keep it simple.. no preamps etc... Just cabs into bass amp..
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  2. EBS TD660
    Genzler Magellan will run at 2.67 ohms
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  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Here's your best bet at the moment here in the TB classifieds:

    For Sale/Trade - Ashdown ABM 1200 EVO IV 1200W Bass Magnifier Head

    Shelve the 2 ohm stable for a moment. I'd go with a dedicated bass amp w/ two power sections, one side for each enclosure whether it be 4 or 8 ohm. I use a Epifani PS1000 which is of similar design.

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  4. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    SVT 4Pro works as Riis suggests above with the following difference:

    2 power sections, both are 2ohm stable.

    Bridged state is only 4ohm stable.
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  5. disssa


    May 6, 2009
    Marshall MB450H
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  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Several older Peavey heads do 2 ohms and can be found inexpensively: ProBass 500; T-Max; Firebass.
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  7. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    The Mesa Subway D-800 is as simple as it gets in my experience. Light, portable, easy to dial in. Love mine. Subway cabs are great also. Very portable!!!!!!
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  8. jastacey


    Feb 8, 2009
    The Fender 100t & the Super Bassman, are 2 ohm rated, so is the Ampeg SVT, along with the older V4-B
    Peavey made a few amps that were 2ohm stable
  9. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    One more to consider is a Bergantino Forte. Wonderful amp!
  10. burgerdj


    Dec 4, 2006
    Many Eden heads run safely at 2ohm.
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  11. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Eden WT 550. Bergantino Forte.
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  12. Blaze Barlow

    Blaze Barlow

    Mar 8, 2018
    ampeg svt pro 4..
  13. In a hurry? The new GK heads will work at 8 - 4 - 2 Ohms. Your choice with switch on back of all of them. They should be available within a few months.
  14. StringslamDan


    Nov 18, 2012
    The older Genz Benz GBE series will do 2ohms all day long without breaking a sweat!
  15. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Mesa Subway series. D-800, D-800+, WD-800.
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  16. G-Dog

    G-Dog What a fun place! Supporting Member

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  17. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    From Nick Epifani:

    How should I match my amp with my speaker cabinets?
    Let’s consider power first. For optimum results the rule of thumb is that your amplifier’s power rating should be HIGHER than that of your speaker cabinet. Look at it this way: If a car that can only reach 100 MPH is driven at 100 MPH, it is being forced to operate at its maximum capacity and will not perform very well. But if a high performance car, that can reach a speed of 200 MPH is driven only at 100 MPH, it handles beautifully because it has plenty of power to spare. In like manner, a 100 watt amp, when using all 100 watts, is being driven to its maximum capabilities and will not perform well. However, a 500 or 1,000 watt amp that is using only 100 watts of its power is going to perform MUCH SMOOTHER because the amp does not have to push itself at MAXIMUM power to reach the 100 watt level. The result is a much CLEANER TONE at higher volume levels.

    You're not buying a 800 watt amp to be pushing 800 watts.
  18. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    just get a series/parallel wiring box and hook both your cabs into it. That'll put it at 8 ohms though.
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  19. Lava

    Lava Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    I have an Eden WT550 and the Mesa Boogie D-800 and they both run 2 ohms with no problems at all. Would recommend either with confidence.