Stewart 2.1 amp equals??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sleevey55, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. sleevey55

    sleevey55 Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Billings Montana
    I own one of these and love it,, are there other amps out there that are as good or better than this for bass amplification? This is my first amp/pre amp combo so Im limited on knowledge here, any advice would be great! Im running a Read Pre and it sounds great!:cool:
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Excellent question. For those who don't know, the Stew 2.1 has been discontinued.

    It's my favorite amp, too. I own a pair.

    I lost a channel on one a couple of years ago, but it was fixed easily (at minimum expense, anyway) by a local shop. While that amp was down I got a Crown Xti 2000, hoping it would be equivalent to the Stewart. I eventually realized the Crown was not as powerful, it was complicated to operate, and worst of all it eventually died. :scowl: Crowns aren't what they used to be.

    If I were looking for a replacement I would start with the lightweight Crest and QSC amplifiers, however I have no direct experience with these amps.
  3. sleevey55

    sleevey55 Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Billings Montana
    Ok, any other good power amps???
  4. Letto


    Jul 4, 2013
    If you want a ton of juice in a light box, the Behringer iNuke is crazy good for the money. It hasn't been around long enough to determine the stoutness over the long haul, but for $400 for a few thousand watts is not too bad.
  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    the Carvin DCM range of power amps are good value for money. I have owned several of their older Class AB amps which I liked but now use the DCM1000L for every gig.
  6. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Good reviews and performance to measurements on the iNukes. DSP models have great features.

    Right now the Crests Prolite DSP is the best deal going. Great features you can't get in other amps, and a great warranty.
  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    FWIW I'd probably go with the Crest Prolite 3.0. I'm not sure about the DSP: doesn't add a lot to the price, but I don't know that I need it, and after my experience with the Crown Xti going bad (it too had DSP features), I worry that it's just more stuff that could go wrong.
  8. derrico1

    derrico1 Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    Charlottesville, VA
    I liked the 2.1 a lot, but I didn't find it magical.

    I'm guessing the Stewart's weight is part of the appeal. If so, here's another vote for Carvin DCM amps. I sold my Stewart 2.1 when the DCM 1000 edged it for most of my rack-rig gigs. (Partly b/c of input sensitivity, features and connectivity that better fit what I needed, and also b/c the Carvin's shallow depth let me use less bulky and heavy rack cases).

    The DCML (newer, lighter series) is about half the weight of the DCM series, but w/ different input sensitivity and a somewhat limited feature set.

    QSC's amps also are worth a look, and Crown, Crest, and Peavey all have their fans.
  9. MVE


    Aug 8, 2010
    I just got a Demeter Mini 800D.

    Factory matched and internally installed in my vintage VTBP-201.

    I am still putting it through its paces but so far it's sound has been remarkable.

    This is my first Class D power amp.

    I've used the pre with Crowns, Mackies, and some old tube power amps... none of them come close. I really was not expecting such a dramatic difference.

    The only question that remains is will it hold up to a 6 hour show at max volume without overheating and sputtering or catching on fire?
  10. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    You've got no worries
    Demeter knows what they're doing.
    It's why they chose class-d and modules they did.
    Why they didn't match to Crowns, or Mackies is something you could take up with Demeter.

    Because really - all pro power amps are sonically the same. Once you get past matching the gains/getting the levels right - they're sonically the same. If gains aren't match, and one amp sounds a little louder than another, it will sound better. Louder sounds better, no mystery there. DSP's can make a difference as they have EQ and all kinds of features.
  11. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    The long discontinued SWR Stereo 800 was a whopping amp with great sound
  12. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Reviving this old thread. One channel on my Stewart kicked the bucket a few weeks ago - can you recall the easy fix you'd mentioned on yours?
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Now that's called a VTBP-M-800D.
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I brought it to a local electronics repair shop, who required $50 down, which is also their minimum repair fee. They fixed it for that minimum. They may have mentioned what the problem was (or maybe not), but I don't recall, sorry.