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Will LH-500/HA3500 have enough power?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Raitis Neitals, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. Raitis Neitals

    Raitis Neitals

    Apr 30, 2018

    Planning to upgrade my gear with Hartke HyDrive HD115 cabinet and LH-500 head.

    I want to be able in future to add another HD115 or HD410 if ill run short of power.

    Also i am considering HA3500 head because of its 10-Band EQ, but not sure if it have enough power for these cabinets.

    So my question is - will both of these heads have enough power to handle 2xHD115 or HD115+HD410 setup or should i consider LH-1000?
  2. I have owned both AH3500 and LH1000 heads. I much preferred the greater flexibility of the 3500 EQ section. The LH series use a passive tone stack that I just couldn't get on with. 350 verses 500 watts really isn't significant. I also owned Hydrive 410 and 115 cabs and don't recommend using them together as their outputs are very different ( the 115 much quieter when paired with a 410). Either go for two 115 or for greater volume go for two 410 cabs. The 3500 with two 410 cabs will be very loud.
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  3. Raitis Neitals

    Raitis Neitals

    Apr 30, 2018
    Is it truth that 3500 fan is much louder that LH series?
  4. My 3500 was made in the 1990's and the fan was quite loud but I only used both amps for gigs so not a problem. I think the fan on the LH was quieter but for gigs that isn't important to me. If you intend to do a lot of studio work or bedroom level practice fan noise could be an issue with either I guess.
  5. blmeier7

    blmeier7 Supporting Member

    May 7, 2006
    Amarillo, TX
    I’ve owned the lh500 and a 90’s model 3500. Both are capable of pushing two cabs at a fairly high volume level. If you are getting into really high volume levels then either amp may not be enough.

    FYI- I preferred the EQ section on the 3500 much more than the tone stack on the lh500. I found the lh500 somewhat limited in range when compared to other amps, but it did have a warm nice sound to it.
  6. Bassndrums73


    Mar 13, 2018
    I have a LH1000 and take my word for it, it’s all the power you will need. Especially if you put it in bridged mode. It’s still plenty loud in parallel mode though with 2 cabinets. I use it with 2 different cabinet setups depending on which sound I want for the music I’m playing. I have 2 HD115 cabinets I use together or 1 HD410. I tried the HD115 and HD410 together and it sounds good but the output volumes between the cabinets are different. The matched cabinets really do sound better. I would get the LH1000 and be done with it. Really not that much more money and you’ll be glad you did.
  7. Agreed the LH1000 has more power, but I ditched mine in favour of my old 3500 because it was way more flexible and I could get any sound I wanted from it. The LH passive tone stack is good if you like how it sounds, if not then you'll struggle. I really really tried to get on with it but eventually gave up. I would recommend trying both if you can before buying.
  8. Bassndrums73


    Mar 13, 2018
    I can get whatever I want from the LH1000 but everyone has their own tastes and needs. Like Sparky Mark says, if you can try them yourself it’s really the best way to know for sure.
  9. I found shaping one area of my sound, especially the lows and mids impossible to do without affecting the other. I know that is how passive tone stacks work but the active graphic EQ of the 3500 (or 5500 for more power) allowed many more fine tuning options.
    Particularly in the lows the 3500 allows adjustment at 30, 64, 100 (via Lo Pass knob) and 125 Hz which really helps tame boom in difficult venues.
    With the additional options of dedicated tube and solid state preamp stages and a half decent single control compressor the AH series have been amazing value for nearly 30 years.
    Not so good on both HA and LH amps is potential fan noise and no speakon output connectors (1/4" jacks only).
  10. Bassndrums73


    Mar 13, 2018
    The LH1000 has a speakon output for bridged mode.
  11. True, but the OP was asking about the LH500, we introduced the LH1000.
  12. Bassndrums73


    Mar 13, 2018
    He asked about it at the end of his post.
  13. The LH 500 has plenty of power to push two cabs as loud as I have needed to get em. I like their tone more than the HA3500
  14. The LH 500 has plenty of power to push 2 big cabs. I have never needed more power than that amp puts out. I also prefer it's tone over the HA3500.
  15. Ah yes, my bad.
  16. Raitis Neitals

    Raitis Neitals

    Apr 30, 2018
    Thank you all for opinions! I have tried HA3500 and i liked it, but i want to try LH500 also before my final decision.
  17. The HA3500 can be had fro a song in these parts, so if cost is a factor, I'd look to the used market. I use a TA3500 at our practice space and I couldn't be happier with it's performance. Oh yah, it's as loud as I need it with two guitars and a deaf drummer!
    The one time I tried the LH500, I found it to be somewhat sterile to my ear...
    Your milage may vary...
  18. Raitis Neitals

    Raitis Neitals

    Apr 30, 2018
    Just got LH500 and HD115. Sounds great.

    Does it matter to which 8ohm output i connect the cabinet? I guess not, but maybe i am wrong.
  19. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I used the same LH500 with a combination of speakers and settled with the 2 112's
    hartke amp.
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