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QSC or Carvin??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by monroe55, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009
    Getting ready to dump some money into a power amp. Narrowed it down to a QSC-GX5 or CarvinDCM2000. Any suggestions or pros and cons for each model??
    I use 2 8ohm cabs; 350watts and 400watts.
    Most gigs I play are small-medium clubs and some outdoors stuff too.
    I know the QSC puts out more watts per channel at 8ohms but cannot be bridged like the Carvin. Im also aware that QSC is a better name than Carvin but havent heard any complaints about Carvin really. Help me out! :help:
  2. Bardley


    Nov 16, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    I've used Carvin power amps before in PA situations and I've used QSC amps in all varieties for years as well. If it were me, I would buy the QSC. All of the QSC gear I've used has been extremely reliable and sounded great, even when pushed to it's limits.

    The Carvins were alright for the money, but I really like the QSC.
  3. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    I have used both and have never had a problem with either. Your decision should be made solely on the factors of watts and dollars, IMHO. If you're running both cabs at the same time, there is no reason to bridge the Carvin. Your cabs can't handle that much total power anyway (meaning you will operate the amp well below it's full output), and you will lose the ability to adjust the relative outputs of the two cabs to suit your preference. If you only run one cab in certain situations, either amp will provide enough power through one channel (without bridging) to handle that, too.
  4. linuxius


    Nov 28, 2008
    Wimmis, CH
    I do not know the Carvin Amps. But a friend of my sold some GX series QSC amps and they all came back broken. According to him the GX series have serious quality problems. Which is a shame since all other series are really good IMHO.
  5. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
    And you will hardly hear a specific negative comment about Carvin. Their basses don't do anything for me, but I consider them extremely playable. You will have your die hards, and you have your skeptics, but carvin does make decent stuff. I own a DCM2000 and have used one for 10 years and can attest to its quality and performance. they're built like freaking tanks (heavy as them too!) As for one being a better name than another, thats personal. I think carvin get a bad rep because of how they distribute and market.
  6. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I love Carvin amps! They are the best bang for the buck IMHO.

    Bob Lee will be by in a moment to tell you something completely different..........
  7. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009

    Has anyone else had this experience with the QSC GX?. That's real dissappointing. The QSC brand was what sealed the deal on this amp for me. Bullocks!:crying:
  8. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    How about a Crest CA9. Do a search for that amp, it is the mother of all bass amp power amps!! Also, do a search in the classifieds. There are a couple of un-sold CA9's still floating around.
  9. svtb15

    svtb15 Inactive

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    I like the fact that the Carvin amps are Made in the USA... the QSC rmx2405 that i have is made in China...
    No problems with either one for me..
    I have a Carvin DCM1500 for about 10 years ,that has been on my bass rig to PA to monitors or home stdio playback and its still going..
    I do like the Carvin on my bass amp though, running a A-Design EM500 Preamp in front of it kills.
    Carvins are very fast and punchy and i think they have a new lightweight model that came out.. reasonably priced too.

    Then there is the CA9.. which is just a killer amp... that or a crown MAcro tech are the best for bass amps in my opinion
  10. svtb15

    svtb15 Inactive

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    Can Bob do that.. isnt there a CUP that he should observe?
  11. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    You may be right, I hadn't thought about it. Maybe the OP should PM Bob and ask his opinion then. Always a good thing to hear from an expert, even one with a vested interest in making a sale.....:bag:
  12. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009
    Uh, who is Bob and why is Ron Jeremy giving me bass amp advice?
  13. bassbrock


    Feb 20, 2007
    Callahan, FL
    QSC's solid warranty is pretty darn nice.
  14. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Bob is a dude who works for QSC. I am not Ron Jeremy, although I am fat and hairy, and usually sport a porno-stache. In fact, there is only one major area where I do not resemble him.......:ninja:
  15. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009
    Lol. I love this forum.
  16. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009
    When you use one of these power amps in bridge mode, is there any comprimising that occurs? I think I read in a thread ( hey that rhymes) that running the amp in bridge mode has some kind of negative effect on the amps performance.
  17. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    As far as I am aware, there is no deleterious effect from bridging any amplifier. It just doubles up the output. I would imagine that since they are running in parallel, and capable of putting out a whole lot of juice, you wouldn't need to crank the volume as loud and probably only be running both sides around half of what you would just using a single channel.
  18. jmac


    May 23, 2007
    Horsham, Pa
    I'm the current owner of a DCM2000. It is the only piece of carvin gear that I've ever owned. I was checking out the CA9 when a fellow TBer recommended that I check out the Carvin. I'm glad he did. It's a great amp at a great price. Because of the DCM2000's performance I will consider carvin in my future gear considerations.

    I've also owned QSC amps; though not the model you specified. They also make great amps. Some also mentioned Crown. The Macrotech stuff is great.

    Basically, there are many great power amp manufacturers from which to choose.
  19. monroe55


    Mar 17, 2009
    Hey JMAC, I want one a them Alembic F-1X. Sounds good with the DCM2000?? Are those 4ohm 112s?
  20. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota

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