new goal for amp manufactures

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DougD, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Attention, Attention, Attention!
    Due to the recent popularity of "light weight” bass heads, I would like to propose that amp makers up the ante a bit. Here is what I would like to see in the next generation of light weight heads:
    - 1000w @ 4ohms, and at least 1200w @2ohm.
    - Dual speakon/1/4in jacks.
    - Dual pre-amps (switch able) Solid State and Tube (some of us want to have a choice)
    - 2 mute buttons :)
    - Useful and working aux inputs
    - Plus the obligatory effects loop and tuner out
    - All in a package that weighs less than 10lbs :)
    - And cost less than $1000:)

    Come on guys! I know you candoit! ;)

    Name some options you all want to see.
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Well, if they make your design there, I'm sure they'll sell them.
  3. pre/post DI
  4. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    ditch the tube preamp and i'm on board.
  5. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    What's the problem you just get a cheap power amp and a cheap pre of some sort.
  6. spencer

    spencer Guest

    Feb 22, 2006
    -functionality over weight reduction I wouldnt mind 5-10 extra pounds for better sound.
    -500 watts is enough for any small combo or head
    -1 input jack is enough for me.
    -costs less than 1000 but more than 600$
  7. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    For those of us who double:

    XLR input (mic input) with variable input impedance
    Variable high-pass filter
    Phase reversal switch (feedback control)
    Knob to blend/select input channels
    Knob to control level (wet/dry blend) of effects loop
  8. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    And then y'all woke up! :eek::rollno:;):D

    M. M.
  9. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    There's a little term in business call "marketing"...
    We see it on all sorts of products regularly... "New & Improved!!!"

    This allows for sales to be ongoing and for real improvements to take place.
    I would imagine we'll see a Shuttle 4.0/8.0/10.0/12.0 etc.

    IME, 600 watts is more than enough to fill a 3000 seat auditorium efficiently. If in need of more power and coverage.... PA should fill it in... If you're playing a big event without enough PA support, the 1000+ watt heads will be overkill for the PA...

    Sorry, didn't mean to get off topic....

    800 & 1000 watt amps at 8 Ohms will become the standard within a few years...
  10. Yeah you'll be waiting a while!
  11. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    Great suggestions,

    I'd like to see a built in rack case
    kind'a like old SWR Electric Blue head!!
  12. Kraken


    Jun 19, 2001
    Aylesbury, England
    I'd Like to see a good sounding 4x10 or 1x15 that weighs the same as one of these lightweight heads! :D
  13. ryco


    Apr 24, 2005
    Also versatile bi-amp with a variable x-over and with at least 100w (out of, say, 500w) @ 4Ω available to the high end.

    And if you have tube and SS pre-amps, a blend dial option between the two.
  14. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Hey i'm dreamin here! :)
    I know 500-600 watts is enough, But they used to say that about 100 watts back in the day. I want MORE POWER! HARRR!
  15. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Yea youre probably right, but....I still want it:D
  16. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Now that's just crazy talk:)
  17. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    I'd bet most of that stuff is already on the drawing board, I betcha:D
  18. At what point is enough power enough? My first real amp was a Fender Bassman 135 and that always kept up with the band. Then I had an Eden WT300, wow...deafening loud. Then came the SWR SM400, then the Eden WT550 with everyone in the band telling me to turn down all the time, then the Ashdown at 575watts, a Shuttle at 600watts... Exactly how much power do you guys need? How about 2000watts in something the size of a deck of cards with a studio quality DI and a cost of $250? And if there was such an amp, I'm sure someone would say "..if it only had 2500watts..."
  19. ProfGumby


    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.
    typo? you meant 3,500 right? And the volume controls all go to 11 of course!

  20. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    There is no such thing as enough. If there were, we'd still be in the stone age:D