CarvinBX1500 Bass Amp, anyone with one or experience?

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CarvinBX1500 Bass Amp, anyone with one or experience?

Post by billybass » 01 Feb 2018, 16:01

Hi AllBassers,
I have been looking for a bass amp that is a bit more hifi than my Orange Bass Terror 500.
The Orange has plenty of power and gain, but lacking EQ.
Do any of you have any experience with the Carvin BX1500?
Cheers in advance,
BillyBass

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Re: CarvinBX1500 Bass Amp, anyone with one or experience?

Post by hamo » 01 Feb 2018, 16:35

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Re: CarvinBX1500 Bass Amp, anyone with one or experience?

Post by Petebass » 01 Feb 2018, 18:18

hamo wrote:
01 Feb 2018, 16:35
calling PeteBass
Well, my B1500 is magnificent. But the B2000 I bought used arrived sick and I never got around to getting it fixed. So I'm not really qualified to comment on the D Class versions such as the BX1500..
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Re: CarvinBX1500 Bass Amp, anyone with one or experience?

Post by MrChameleon » 02 Feb 2018, 06:34

I own the BX500 class D version (that I think is very similar but for the power amp).

The EQ options for that are as broad as I've come across for a bass amplifier: 9 band slider-equaliser, parametric 4-knob equaliser, and a contour knob.
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Re: CarvinBX1500 Bass Amp, anyone with one or experience?

Post by billybass » 01 Mar 2018, 04:40

I bought one,

BX1500 Features:

- 2 power amps deliver 300w at 8 ohm, 450w at 4 ohms, and 750w at 2 ohm each or 900w at 8 ohm bridged or 1500w at 4 ohms bridged
- Rich, warm 12AX7 tube drives each power amp and features a rear In/Out switch
- 3 EQ sections, the Contour Control going from a flat mid response to a heavy scooped mid response for slap bass players, the 3 mid sweeps with Bass and Treble precisely dial in your exact needs, and the 9 band graphic is perfect for overall tone shaping - foot switchable. No bass head has more tonal flexibility.
- A one knob compressor adjusts for smooth light compression and the internal amp limiters hold everything.
- Bi-Amping is easily done from the front panel crossover control with each amp setting it own level for the HI and LO balance
- Everything is nicely controlled with independent Amp 1 & 2 Levels and a Master Volume
- A conveniently located Mute switch and an Active/Passive switch to tailor the input for different pickup configurations, plus Graphic EQ,Effects and X-over front panel switches
- The rear panel features an XLR Balanced DIRECT output with Level control and pre or post switch.
- 3 High current Speakon™ 1/4-inch combo speaker connectors are for Amp 1, 2 and Bridge
- Rear panel Effect loop, stereo amp patch inserts and an un-muted turner jacks.
- The CLASS D power amps feature high current, high speed FET output devices for optimal 2 ohm current.
- The high headroom reveals its high dynamic power from the Switchmode power supply that operates at 100,000 Hz delivering maximum efficiency while reducing weight.
- The head runs cool from its 94% efficiency. There is no wasted heat or energy from the AC Wall plug
- Size: 2U rack mount 19" wide x 10.5" deep x 3.5" high
- Weight: 10 lbs
- Made in the USA

When I gat a chance to give it a good run, I will give you my impressions

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