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Best, most powerful combo amp

Brian Tennison (397)

Bass Open Forum · 9/22/2001 4:28 PM
Whats the most powerful, good quality combo amp out there? I saw a Carvin RC210 which was 600 watts. I'm hoping they mean RMS because I'm really thinking about getting it. Seems to powerful to be true though. If you could help me out with some recommendations, I would be...well really happy.
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Re: Best, most powerful combo amp

9/22/2001 5:26 PM

Brian Tennison (397) wrote:

Oh yeah price is a bit of an obstacle. I'm a bit broke. I plan on buying one used off Ebay or something. Weight is also a problem and wheels would be preferable, of course I could stick those on myself. Thanks for the help in advance.



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9/22/2001 5:57 PM

John Zwicewicz (1327) wrote:

The Carvin is a Combo Amp with 2 10"
speakers, and has output that will hook up
with a 15" or 18" extension, Like a Small
Stack.



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9/22/2001 7:31 PM

Brian Tennison (397) wrote:

well yeah I could read that off the site. When they say 600w is that RMS or peak? Are there any other combos out there that are good quality and 600ws RMS or more?



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9/22/2001 9:23 PM

Keith Shannon (2406) wrote:

I think that's the Carvin RC210 Redeye that he's talking about. There's a better one. 1x15 + 2x8 + compression horn in one cab, with the same amp head. It's called the Cyclops. It's $900, so it's a pretty big crunch. But, you'll never need another combo again. Even if you want more speakers, don't bother hauling the entire thing around. You can buy a rack cabinet from Carvin that will allow you to take the head out of the combo and put it in this cabinet, and use it as a stack head to a 4x10 and a 1x15, or whatever. If you are looking for something cheaper, the RC210 is only $800 (you'll probably want an extension cab, though), and the 160-watt PB200-15 is $400.

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9/22/2001 10:40 PM

Billy Blanks (948) wrote:

The SWR Super Redhead is regarded by many as "the best combo." It's a 350 watt combo that features a 2x10" and tweeter setup. It also has a preamp tube. The power ratings are not as high as the Carvins (some say the Carvins' power ratings are overrated and/or the speakers and cabs are not as efficient as higher end brands), but it's quality is better...and it's price is way higher too.

But yeah, it's a great combo if you can afford it, and I'm sure it gets plenty loud when you turn it up.

I believe Trace E has some combos in this power range too. But to get the most power for the buck, Carvin is the way to go. Even though they are rated that high, I'm sure they're not really 600 watts. The owner's manual tells you how to make the most of it's power (most people overlook this and then complain), but despite that, I think theirs ratings are probably a little generous, as are every single other manufacturers).

You best bet is to check out the combos in your local music stores and see how they sound (quality and loudness). You won't be able to test the Carvins unless you live near a factory/outlet store. But I'm sure you can compare wattage to get a rough idea of how loud they go.

Hope this helps.

BB



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9/22/2001 11:56 PM

John Zwicewicz (1327) wrote:

It has the capability, I think you need to use the
extension cabinet to get the Full Power
though,

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9/23/2001 11:13 AM

Marcus Hart (14395) wrote:

Don't know if it's the best, but Roland has just introduced the new DB900. It's rated at 350 watts. It's got two 12's, 4 10's and a tweeter.
I own a Roland DB700 - a 1X15 combo with a tweeter. It's rated at 250 watts but the output is much greater than the rating - it's incredibly LOUD for it's compact size! So I would imagine that this new DB900 could pin your ears back. It is, however, a bit pricey : $1900,



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9/23/2001 12:17 PM

Sean Van Holder (32657) wrote:

I had the opportunity to try one out. That Roland DB900 is incredible powerfull, has a great sound and is easy to handle. It's price is less interesting. For that 1,800 $ there are other options.
Already tested a Peavey BAM210? With an additional 15' cabinet at 4 Ohms, it will give you some 500Watt power.


Sean



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10/4/2001 4:39 PM

Christopher Mohl (6) wrote:

Nineteen hundred! God save us! That let'm me out.
You want something loud, have children. They make more sound for the money than any equipment I've ever had.
I still haven't looked at Carvin or Roland, but I intend to.

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9/23/2001 6:26 PM

Jacob Chandler (5373) wrote:

I own the RC-210....

I believe its RMS, although, I really couldn't tell you...I'm not really familiar with the term....

The on-board speakers are only rated to 400w I think though...so its really a killer loud head on a small combo sized speaker cab....

If you have it on "bridged-fullrange" the head gives all 600 watts into the speakers, and that is/or should be easily loud enough for almost any situation....on that setting, master volume on 1 is about the same in volume as a frients workingman 10's on 5....

I highly reccomend the combo though....its volume is not to be reckoned(sp) with and there are EQ op's out the wazoo...

The tube emulator is also nice....

Email me for more info or questions if you like

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