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Preamp/amp rack vs combined head style

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by K Dubbs, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. K Dubbs

    K Dubbs Just graduated from OSU, Go Bucks!

    Mar 16, 2002
    Toledo, Ohio
    The Carvin series 3 R1000 head provides a bridged 1000 watts and lots of features, but some call the onboard fx substandard and others say the amp is quite noisy. On the other hand, a Peavey Max preamp and a QSC 850 power amp can be had for the same price as the Carvin...roughly. Would there be any advantage in purchasing the separate preamp/amp combo over the carvin as far as noise reduction, "quality" preamp features, and general sound quality? I'm having a hard time deciding between the two setups.
  2. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Don't forget to add in the price of a rack box and the connecting cables. The packaged head is almost certainly going to be cheaper.

    I like QSC and Peavey, but I also like Carvin. So it's hard for me to pick a winner here. My rig is built around a hot-rodded used Carvin preamp and a QSC RMX 1850HD, but I was seriously considering the R1000 for a while. I don't have all the control of the Redline heads, but I've got almost twice the power!
  3. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    The advantage to having the rack setup is that you can swap out pre's or amps if you decided to change your sound. Also you can add additional equipment and have a place to put them...