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Power amp recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sifi2112, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. sifi2112


    Feb 5, 2009
    Hi all, looking for a decent power amp to combine with my PJB 9B 8 ohm cab. Preamp prob gonna be 3Leaf Enabler .... pa doesn't have to be D-class light weight type as I wont be gigging much. So older heavier models welcome as long as they push say 500-800w bridged @ 8 ohm.

    Will probably connect this up go home studio when not gigging so normal speaker wire terminals a bonus .... thanks in advance as usual TBers :)
  2. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Around here used Peavey CS1200s are a dime a dozen, and since you aren't going to lug it around much the weight won't matter as much (they are frikkin heavy!).
    Loads of power for very little money, and it's nearly impossible to break them.
  3. sifi2112


    Feb 5, 2009
    Thanks for Peavey CS option however I've narrowed it down to these two at the moment esp as I think they're both still in production -

    - Peavey PV 900
    - Yamaha P2500S

    Both produce about 600w @ 8 ohm & are similar weight & both cost ne£300 here in the UK & I think they both have HPF which is def plus point if they are any good ... So any opinions on these two pls ?
  4. sifi2112


    Feb 5, 2009
    QSC RMX 850 ... anyone use/recommend ?
  5. I had a couple of power amps in my days.

    My favorite one was a QSC PLX 1602.
  6. vbchaos


    Sep 5, 2011
    Groningen, The Netherlands
    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    Peavey IPR1600 or a Crest ProLite
  7. dincz


    Sep 25, 2010
    Czech Republic
    If you're still considering other options, the Samson Servo 600 is usually overlooked but does what it says on the can reliably. To be fair I've only used the Servo 300 - had it for 3 years and it was great.

    They aren't on the "fashionable" list but very good amps at a good price.
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Have one of those, myself. Use it to feed our monitors.

    Best buy IMO: used QSC RMX 850 or 1450. I wouldn't pay any more than $150 for one in great shape. Heavier than hell.

  9. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Look into "input sensitivity" to ensure the 3Leaf can even drive the poweramp you are looking at.
  10. disssa


    May 6, 2009
    I use a Synq Audio 2k2:


    with 2x 600 Watt (8Ohm) or 2200 Watt at 8 ohm bridged...

    disssas reviews
  11. Grissle


    May 17, 2009
    An interstellar overdrive, DROOL....!
  12. sifi2112


    Feb 5, 2009
    That Synq Audio looks nice but can't find much info on if other than its own website. What's your experience of it so far with yourbass setup ?
  13. adi77

    adi77 Banned

    Mar 15, 2007
    Matrix power amps
  14. disssa


    May 6, 2009
    It is a real powerful Amp. I use the amp for two boxes. On every channel one box with 8 Ohms.
    There are enormous headroom.
    Only the two fans inside could get on nerves...

    disssas reviews
  15. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Seriously dont buy into any of the marketing BS on power amps.

    Seriously a Crest, Crown, QSC, Carvin, Peavey or any other power amp, with input sensitivity paired to you pre, will do just fine.
  16. sifi2112


    Feb 5, 2009
    Just ordered the Enabler & B3K :) ... still not sure which power amp to get cept I do like the idea of one with HPF ....
  17. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Crest Prolite or Peavey IPR2 with DSP.
  18. bobicidal


    Mar 28, 2013
    San Jose, CA
    Dumb Q? Crest DSP 2.0 vs 3.0, only difference is power? Seems like they are using a revision number scheme but 2.0 has less power than 3.0

    Explain please!
  19. Flatbass


    Mar 13, 2004
    If you want to use it in your home studio you may want to consider picking a passively cooled amp, or at least one with little fan noise.
  20. Owned one, gave it to my daughter's band for their rehearsal space.

    Heavy, solid, reliable.
    Not particularly high powered, but entirely adequate.
    1.15v input sensitivity, can be bridged to 69.3v / 600w into 8 ohms.

    Wimpy preamps (my SWR IOD) will not drive this power amp to full power.