power amps...don't yell at me

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rosstanium, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. rosstanium


    Jan 5, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario
    I did a search and nothing noteworthy came up...so back off. :spit:

    Seriously though, I'm flirting with the whole separate pre / power amp thing.

    I'm looking for a good all-purpose power amp that puts out what I put in. Transparent. Perfect.

    Crest, QSC, Crown, Carvin????
  2. yes
    No but seriously I like having the Preamp/Poweramp setup as it is much easier and cheaper to expierement with just the preamp than having to worry about the amp too.you also have more flexability on the amp side.
    I have a Mackie 1400i and a Carvin DCM-1500 and I use the Carvin for my Bass rig because the amp is only 10.5 inches deep and around 35lbs where the Mackie is around 17 inches deep and weighs more.
    I am really happy with the Carvin and so are alot of other people,sound wise I think that the Carvin is a little more clear than the Mackie just not as many options and as I said it is bigger and heavier but the built in adjustable crossover on the mackie is great for PA use.
  4. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Ithink that Carvin is a great bang for the buck outfit. I too have the Mackie 1400, two of them actually. i run a Carvin DCM1000 as my main gigging power amp - it suits my speakers better to my mind.

  6. def carvin if your thinking best bang for your buck
  7. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    Carvin does not have a high pass filter, so for me personally I'd stay away from it unless you have some means of controlling your bottom end :) . QSC PLX's are the absolute best out right now that I see.

    The Peavey IPR DSP series coming out very shortly should be the best bass power amp available in my eyes. Super light, digital parametric and normal eq, crossovers, and so on.
  8. 2-Sticks


    Sep 8, 2008
    Vancouver B.C. Canada
    Endorsing Artist: S.I.T. Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, WB Gear,
    I'll agree......Carvins are rock solid. I have been running a HD 1800 for 2 years without even a hiccup.
  9. ark amps

    ark amps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Windsor Ontario
    designer/builder for Ark Amps
    I finally own (again) an SWR Stereo 800 from the early '90's, one of my all time fav solid state power amps, very "toobular" sounding!!!!
  10. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
  11. rosstanium


    Jan 5, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario
    Thanks. Like I said, I'm new...never heard of Carver/Clair Brothers...will check them out.

    everybody, don't be afraid to poo-poo other brands here. I'm looking for your personal bias here because everyone has their own preferred way. I like the bias because I like various perspective.

    Bring it.

    ...and thanks so far! :)

  12. I've got the QSC PLX3602 and love it. At 13 pounds it delivers everything I want in a light package. I have been interested in trying out one of the new Crown lightweight power amps.

    I spent too many years and too much money trying and failing to get "my sound" out of a head - though my Eden Metro combo (practice rig) comes very close. The "build your own" system is the way to go IMO, it allows you the luxury of using as much or as little of anything you want. I am also a believer in purchasing an amp with as much CLEAN power as you can afford; you don't have to use it, but you will welcome the headroom when you have it.

    Just my 2 cents. :bassist:

  13. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    I don't know that everyone mentioning Carvin is thinking their new lightweight series.
    They should be fine, but they haven't been out long enough to be field proven over time.
    My only other problem with Carvin is service is usually ship back to Carvin to get fixed.
    Not that anything would go wrong, but if it does it can be more of a hassle than buying from a local store.
  14. a1bassguy


    Aug 14, 2008
    Montville, NJ
    I got one too, it's built like a piece of military gear and sounds great! Unfortunately, I haven't used it since I got my Markbass LMII.
  15. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    I've been using one for three months. No problems so far. The caps used get mixed reviews on the badcaps forum. I'll report if anything happens in the future.

    FWIW it sounds identical to a crest ca-6. Can't tell them apart without looking at them.
  16. ark amps

    ark amps

    Jul 27, 2009
    Windsor Ontario
    designer/builder for Ark Amps
    Are the Markbass those yellow amps??? I think I may have tried those years ago at a trade show, Manring plays those now I believe, cool amps....
  17. LowBSix


    Mar 25, 2008
    818 ~ 805 ~ L.A.
    Endorsing Artist: GHS Strings
    CARVER/Claire Bros = Rolls Royce
    They're also lightweight
    Why would they be used by:
    The Grand Ole Opry
    Radio City Music Hall
    Carnegie Hall
    David Letterman Show
    The Tonight Show
    Jay Leno Show

    QSC/Crest/Crown/Mackie = Chevy/Ford

  18. Maybe because Clair Brothers was the contractor that built all those systems?

    You realize Clair Brothers use a ton of QSC stuff as well, right?

    I'm sorry no one wants to buy your amp. That's a good price and everything but filling up this thread with spam is kinda obnoxious.
  19. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Grand Ol' Opry does use them - On foldbacks :)
    Probably just have them laying around from some past purchase.

    Power amps are power amps. Looks for features, warranty, price, weight. The better the warranty, the better the manufacturer thinks of their amp, and is willing to stand behind it. But only believe long warranties from companies that have been around a long time.
  20. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Totally believable.
    Carvin has been building pro amps for years and years. I think the new line will do fine - an expect time to prove this.

    FWIW - modern power amps all sound the same (unless they have a DSP, or filter built in). The measurements predict this.