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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fast slapper, Apr 29, 2002.
Has anyone seen it, heard it, or own one? If so how is it?
I've seen pictures in a catalog, and it looks OK, but it's rated at 500w into 2ohms, which means probably about 175 into 8. I dont like the way Peavey rates their amps at 2 ohms, even if they can go that low. It's deception in my estimation, because average Joe aint gonna lug around 4 8ohm cabs.
I've only seen it on their web site but like Marty said most folks aren't carrying around any cabs equaling out to 2 ohms. I have the Firebass II which puts out 700 watts @ 2 ohms but there is also an increase in distortion as well. I wish Peavey would go back to the idea like the Kilobass which had alot of power pluse was rack mountable, which is the one thing that I can't do with my Firebass.
That would great if they did come out with something that was similar to the Kilobass. It's a great amp in my opinion and I own one. The newer Peavey heads look great on paper but they are just under powered to me.
The only one I have played was the prototype. It was pretty nice. It reminded me of the T-Max, except there is a true parametric eq instead of the graphic eq. The sound was nice and fat, but you do have to tweak a bit with the eq to dial it in.
Most Peavey Bass cabs are available in 4 ohm versions, so two of those comes out to 2 ohms and gets the full power. Unless you are in a really loud band, 500 watts is a decent amount of power.
Peavey is about to market a more powerful bass package, which will consist of a DPC 1400X power amp and a Max preamp in a two space rack case. I am not sure what it will be called yet, but I think they are calling it the Max Bass FC or something. This is a rig that a lot of our touring endorsees are using, and is even more power that the Kilobass (1400w @ 2 ohms).
I'd be interested in that amp especially if it has the ability run a 2 ohm load in stereo, 4 ohm load bridged and has 1400 watts of power. I don't know if I'll ever need to run at 2 ohms in stereo but it would nice to have in a pinch. The ability to run a 4 ohm load bridged is pretty attractive as most big cabs, 610 or 810, tend to be rated at 4 ohms. I've got a Max preamp also and I really like it also. Sounds like that's going to be a killer combination. Any idea about how long before it hits the market?
Yeah, hauling four 8-ohm cabs to a gig would be kind of assinine, but hauling two 4-ohm cabs is fairly practical. I would consider myself an average Joe and I lugged two 4-ohm cabs to all of my gigs.
A Peavey Firebass II + a 4-ohm Sonic 6x10 + a 4-ohm Peavey 1x15 = enough stage volume to be heard over my ultra-loud guitarist.
I agree with rcrimm - I own a T-Max and the Pro 500 shares a lot of characteristics that seem similar.
Also, I agree that hauling 2 4 ohm cabs is typical so kudos to Peavey for the 2 ohm load capabilities.
The DPC seems like a great power amp and I can attest that the Max is an excellent pre-amp. I use one with a mackie 1400i.
Here's a link to pics of my stuff.
What would be a better buy,Mesa Walkabout(300@4),or the Pro 500(350@4)? Both go for about the same price.($800)
Leland Sklar has been using a Peavey DPC power amp for quite a while, I dont know of anyone else tho.
Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust, Nate Mendel of the Foo Fighters, Jervonny Collier of the Bruce Hornsby Band and the bassist from NEVE are a few. I'm sure that there are more. Manny Yanes, who plays with Patty Labelle, uses two Kilobass heads.