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Peavey Mini Max Head Thread

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by experimental bassist, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    too bad they don't use the straw hat/top hat like on my Traynor....easy to see what is what....

    at least you will be able to sort it out .."using the PRE EQ setting...the DI signal will not be effected by changing any of the amplifier controls" with some knob twiddling where the controls don't affect the signal when in or out

  2. ToS


    Mar 4, 2014
    From my test, the DI output might be too weak.
    Which might prove good since there is no pad switch but requires quite a bit of gain to be added, and this will take the noise floor along for the ride.
    The test is not yet complete until I compare it with straight signal from the guitar and with another from my EBS MicroBass2 DI. And it is in no way scientific or using calibrated equipment to do the measurements.
    Chain is like this:
    guitar - TU3 (split)
    (split 1) - Boss BB1X(off, using DI out) - soundcard
    (split 2) - amp(DI) - soundcard
    Guitar is BTB705OM with fairly low output and soundcard presonus firebox, using balanced line and balanced pre inputs.

    Boss has the level knob set to 12 o'clock and to get the same level, MiniMAX input gain to be turned up to 4 o'clock, resulting levels were in the ballpark of -30db.

    I will take my RC-3 looper next, match the output to my bass level and run 4 different outputs to the same input on soundcard, to be sure that gain is matching, record each level.
  3. ToS


    Mar 4, 2014
    Sorry Bobby (and Peavey) I've repeated the test and have come to a conclusion that Minimax is at unity with EBS MicroBass2 when gain is set to noon (EQ set flat, DI set to post). Noon somehow makes sense, until you want to use the TTboost and lower drive volume (I will skip that rabbit hole).
    The Boss BB-1x apart from having hoter output, it is doing something weird to the waveform, the bottom half seems pushed to zero so it comes a wee bit asymmetrical.

    Final conclusion:
    My MiniMAX DI out has no noticeable noise.
    Pre/post switch relates to out/pushed-in positions.

    I will continue to use the DI out for home recordings (song ideas, fx demos, technique reflection).
  4. bushy


    Mar 8, 2018
    I've just started reading the thread. I'm also looking into getting this amp. I'm curious since it has 2 outs, would I still need to daisy chain a pair of cabs or not?

    Another thing; is it possible to use this for electric guitars or other instruments as well?
  5. As far as connecting speakers, you could do it either way to same effect.
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  6. bushy


    Mar 8, 2018
    I'm not sure if I've seen other bass heads with two outs, unless you can name some. I think this is one of the thing that separates the Peavey Minimax from the others out there. I can't even think of a competition for it for its price range. Anyone know of a "close" equivalent or competition for the Peavey Minimax (i.e. bass amps in the $300 price range)?

    Last edited: May 31, 2018
  7. I think there are more of them out there than you think but at that size, yeah, I've seen just one output.
  8. bushy


    Mar 8, 2018
    Also, why is it not considered "class D" when it should be at 6 lbs.?
  9. Sub41


    Jul 13, 2006
    North FL
    I picked up a MiniMAX yesterday and am really digging it. I've run it through a Fender Rumble 210 and headphones for practice and it sounded great both ways. And I love having the on board tuner. Wednesday night I'll get to try it at band rehearsal. I'm in the market for a new cab to pair it with and am completely undecided on what to get. Anyone here running through a single 4 ohm cab?
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  10. I’m running my Mini Max through a 4ohm Schroeder 1210 cabinet.
    Here’s tonight’s settings at the casino gig. The sound man asked me to take the volume down. I can still hear myself, and apparently it sounds good out front. F8536FF2-D017-426A-988A-E8F9ED8274CF.
  11. I have ran mini through most combinations. Even at 8 ohms there is plenty of power. As far as 4 ohm cabs go a 210,410 and fridge all get used fairly regularly. Personally a 210 115 is my personal preference but the mini is a stable performer through most csb combinations...

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  12. matty1039


    Oct 26, 2015
    New Orleans
    I used an old Peavey 1516 and it is awesome, except for the weight.
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  13. bushy


    Mar 8, 2018
    So I guess the minimax being just 500 W (1000 W peak), doesn't matter how many speakers you use it with then? That was my main confusion upon finally coming to conclusion and getting the minimax (I thought I needed my cab to also be rated at 500 W or less). So you're using a minimax to power your 1210 cab, and I'm curious if you're only going up to 500 W then? I'm assuming your volume is louder than a 500 W 410 cab?

  14. The minimal is 500w into 4ohm, and 300w into 8ohm. His cab is 4ohm, so he has potential to use all 500w.
    Now if you look at his settings, he’s at 1.5 on his volume, so he is clearly not using all 500w.
    I don’t know the ratios, but maybe if he’s running an 8ohm cabinet, he’s got the volume up to 3 or 4 to get a similar volume.
    Regardless, he is not even close to running the amp at the max power the cabinet will withstand.

    Not sure if that answers your question.
  15. Something that has been the subject of endless posts here on TB. Important is getting the impedance suitable for the mini and less so the power handling. That will usually mean 2x8 ohm cabs or 1 X 4ohm cab. Speaker rating should be taken with a pinch of salt. They give an indication of power handling but are usually thermal ratings. Another point covered allot on TB by folk more knowledgeable than myself. Keep the impedance correct Min 4 ohms and use your ears for the rest the speaker will tell you if you are pushing it or them to hard. I have used mini through most speaker sizes and combinations so you will be fine with whatever you choose as long as impedence is ok. Good luck.
  16. @bushy,
    Yes, I’m using the Mini Max to run the 1210 4ohm cabinet, but as these others have explained better than I can, the volume is set ridiculously low at virtually all my gigs. I don’t think i’ve been anywhere near using 500 watts.
    My cabinet is actually rated at 700 watts, I have absolutely NO concerns about pushing my cabinet too hard.

    As for it being louder than a 4x10, that I’m not sure of. I’ve never owned a 4x10. For a while I was playing through a 2x10 paired with a 1x15, but that was with a different preamp/poweramp rackmounted setup.

    All I know is, for the gigs I play, even the outdoor gig I did Tuesday, the Mini Max has plenty of power to get the job done. Granted, I did (and pretty much always do) have PA support, so my setup is strictly for onstage monitoring (and as an aside, I always wear custom fitted earplugs, and even so, I can hear my amp just fine).

    I hope that helps a bit. Like I said, these others have explained the technical side better than I could. I just know this amp kicks some serious butt, and sounds great doing it.
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  17. Sub41


    Jul 13, 2006
    North FL
    I took the Mini to band practice last night and liked what I was hearing. The other guys commented positively on the tone as well. I'd really like to be able to play it through different cabs, but we just don't have much around here in the way of stocked music stores.
  18. Pterandactula


    Aug 10, 2016
    I got the chance to try a used minimax today and it sounds good. There was a brief high pitched noise when powering on. Is that normal or does anyone know what the cause is? I may buy it if it’s no big deal.
  19. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    Mine doesn’t make a noise when powered up.
  20. SickAura

    SickAura Let There Be Rock Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2013
    Mine makes that noise. Works flawlessly. I just figure it's part of the normal start up procedure so I never thought of it before

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