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Powered PA Cab Or Power Amp & Cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jdwhitak, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Greenwood, IN
    So, I've been working on putting together a more serious rig. I'm currently using an Acoustic B20. It's decent, but I'd like to do better. I've posted other threads exploring some of my ideas and many thanks to everyone that offered their advice.

    I purchased two preamp pedals to try. A Rusty Box and a Tech 21 Para Driver. I'm really digging the Rusty and I'm sending the PDDI back. Anyways, I'm looking at getting either a powered PA cab to use or a seperate power amp & cab. What are the pros and cons of each setup?

    I was looking at getting a Mackie, JBL or QSC powered cab. Anyone here use these as a "bass" amp? How do they sound?

    Going the other way I was thinking an EHX .44 Magnum and cab. I've read that those break up early though. Anyone here use one and can comment on that?

    By the way, I just play in my apartment. I don't need or want some monster rig.
  2. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    I've heard of a couple pros using powered cabs...mainly Anthony Jackson playing a powered Meyer cab...great if you have $10,000 to spend on a cab and a few people to haul it for you :)

    A great power amp and a true hi-fi cab (doesn't have to be large) would most likely make you very happy...trying PA gear is a dice roll at best.
  3. bluesbasshound


    Jan 31, 2006
    I recently converted to a pre/powered cab setup. Love it!
    Zoom B3 as a pre/effects/D.I.
    and EV LINE X 115 as a cab.
    Articulate, powerful, studio quality rig! Play it 6 nights a week 8 months straight! Never a problem!
    Highly recommend for a small butt kicking rig!

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