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yorkville xs400H/800H

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bass_extremes, Dec 6, 2005.


  1. bass_extremes

    bass_extremes

    Jul 9, 2005
    Hey everyone ever since I heard about yorkville ive been wanting one and I ive been thinking of maybe getting one but what I wanted to know was is the xs800H a xs400H with a bigger power section and some other features? ive heard great things about the xs400H(its the same one they use is the xs400t combo I think. I just wanted to know if its the same amp with a bigger power section.
     
  2. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    More power, plus it's possible to run it down to 2 ohms (600w) as well as 4 ohms (800W) or 8 ohms (600W). More features, such as the bass resonance feature and the selectable dual mode preamp section (tube or solid state) The XS800 is also fan cooled, whereas the XS400H uses a heatsink.

    Only the input jacks are on the front panel of the XS800H, the tuner out and footswitch jacks are also found on the front of the XS400 amps. Also, the VU meter is not only a great feature in a practical sense, it looks cool too!

    I have an XS400T that I use as my practice/small gig amp...overkill, yup! and it definetely is more than adequate for most gigging situations, for sure! But for a.) tweakability of tone and b.) the extra headroom, I pull out the XS800H...can't be beat, and I would indeed stack it up against the other amps in it's class.


    I may be a bit biased as I work for the sister/co-company of the manufacturer, and I've tried to limit my post to answering your question, but I do use the gear as well extensively and exclusively!
     
  3. DAcat

    DAcat

    Jun 14, 2005
    Iowa
    I just recently bought the Yorkie 800 and am really suprised how good of an amp it is for the money...I guess I was expecting it to be a little cheaper sounding till I tried it out. Rev Groove has the specs right-but I suggest trying one out for yourself before you make the jump. I use it to power my Schroeder 410 and the sound is huge and deepPhat! :D
     
  4. My XS400H also has the SS/Tube preamp switchability.


    - Andrew
     
  5. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Pssssst, Yorkie 800 for sale in the Amp and Cabs For Sale Forum here on TB.
     
  6. DAcat

    DAcat

    Jun 14, 2005
    Iowa
    Hey Quadzilla-I can attest :D that this is a great :hyper: deal-I'm almost tempted to buy another one myself (if only I hadn't bought myself that other :crying: practice amp for xmas). This can't last long... :)
     
  7. spectorbass83

    spectorbass83

    Jun 6, 2005
    canada
    I have not heard/tried the XS800 although I am sure it delivers a serious punch...I thought the xs400 was no slouch when coupled with an 8ohm Yorkville 4x10. My friend uses the xs400/York 4x10 set up. Last time we played at a medium sized venue, and with no PA support I had to tell him to turn down.
     
  8. bass_extremes

    bass_extremes

    Jul 9, 2005
    ok so my next question is what cabs would you recommend I dont want to get the yorkville cabs because I would have to take both cabs everywere I went. I was thinking about getting a 4X10 and a 1X15. I wanted to get a 4X10 thats 600 watts so I could just take if to smaller gigs. Which brings my to my next question when I would add the 1X15 to my rig for bigger venues would my lows go through the 15 and highs through the 4X10?
     
  9. That's a great question. There's at least 3 ways you can do it.

    A) Bi-amp. This is the most expensive and requires 2 amplifiers and an avtive X-over.
    B) Use a single amp with passive X-over. 2nd-most expensive
    C) Use a single amp with no X-over. Least expensive.

    Right now I am using (C) but am getting great results. In this case I'm using a Avatar B410 Kappa Pro (2000 watts) which has a natural roll-off into the bass, where my 1X15 picks up. That's not to say the 410 can't produce bass... it just takes some EQ to bring out the rumble. Anyway, if you match the 2 cabs properly you can get superb results. For light gigs, I bring just my 410, which is plent loud let me tell you!

    - Andrew

     
  10. bass_extremes

    bass_extremes

    Jul 9, 2005
    ok so I made a mistake with the xs800 running at 8ohms I can use yorkie cabs. So how would I rig it up to put lows into the 15 and mid/higs in the 4X10? and if I use just the xs800H and the 4X10 does the head just know that its running a 8 ohm load and therefore will only fun at 600 watts? or is there a switch I would turn or knob I would push in?
     
  11. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    umm...I don't see how it could, unless you modified it somehow... on the XS400 amps, the tube is engaged whether or not the overdrive circuit is engaged....the overdrive is on a separate, parallel tube circuit.

    On the XS800, the tube overdrive is also on a parallel circuit, but you can adjust whether or not the "clean" signal is tube driven or solid state.
     
  12. RevGroove

    RevGroove Commercial User

    Jul 21, 2002
    Burlington ON Canada
    Manager, Account Services: Long & McQuade Ltd. (Burlington); MTD Kingston Basses International Emerging Artist; Bartolini Electronics Emerging Artist
    Hmmm...number of ways to do that, you'd need to do a crossover of some sort, let me get back to you on that...but the amp will see the load and adjust accordingly...if you try to run it below 2 ohms, it will automatically shut down.