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Amp For PA,  Mids & Highs? - Above 500 Hz.
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Old 12th July 2019, 11:50 PM   #1
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Default Amp For PA, Mids & Highs? - Above 500 Hz.

I'm looking for suggestion for something compact, but very good sounding, JUST for frequencies above 500 Hz. (Into a BMS 4594ND)

Either really good class D, or class AB.

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I only need 150w per side @ 8 ohms, plus a little headroom.

Must be no more than 2u, and lightweight.
Must sound clear but sweet.
I don't need any fancy onboard DSP, just good sound.

It doesn't have to be a current model, in fact I'd love to pick up something a few years old and save a few bucks.


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Old 13th July 2019, 01:17 PM   #2
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Yamaha P2500s. It's probably not as light as you would like but you won't beat the sound quality.
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Old 13th July 2019, 03:09 PM   #3
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XT 1U Series

They used to make a toroid version of this, very sweet sounding amps.

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Old 13th July 2019, 04:05 PM   #4
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Thanks guys!

(Please keep 'em coming.)

That Yammy is a little heavy, but on the plus side, they are plentiful & cheap on the used market, plus the amp draw is very low for an AB amp. (important for a club band / moblie DJ.)

The Matrix is wonderfully small & light, but I read that those little fans are a bit noisy, which is bad for my specific application. I'm looking at the Matrix 2U XT series, though.
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Old 13th July 2019, 04:37 PM   #5
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The Matrix is wonderfully small & light, but I read that those little fans are a bit noisy, which is bad for my specific application. I'm looking at the Matrix 2U XT series, though.
Because of the size the fans have to be very small. To move enough air, they have to use high rpm. Class D amps got a higher efficiency and therefore produce less heat but for almost all 1 HU amps it's the same problem, the fans will always be noisy. If you can't have (high) fan noise, you have to avoid 1 HU amps altogether.

If you want the amp to be completely silent, look for studio amps. If you are on a tight budget, the Behringer A800 are a good choice.

If you have more to spend, the Crown XLi 800 is a good choice, while not a studio amp, the fans are not loud and it can be modified to be nearly completely silent (reduce voltage of the fans). It's A/B, got enough power 2x200/300W (8/4 Ohm) and sounds excellent. With just 11,4 kg it's not very heavy either.
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Old 13th July 2019, 04:52 PM   #6
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FWIW, I want GOOD, not cheap!
(My current amsp cost $4300 each when new.)

And yeah, I think I have to rule out 1u amps entirely.
That sucks from a "gear loading" standpoint, but low noise is really important for some of the work I do.

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What I'd REALLY love is a smallish class D amp, that sounds as good as a good AB amp.
Surely something exists, though the price might be pretty high.
I might get one of the above suggestions as a temporary solution, (money is always tight) but would like some high end options as well.

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What I'd REALLY love is a smallish class D amp, that sounds as good as a good AB amp.
Surely something exists, though the price might be pretty high.
I might get one of the above suggestions as a temporary solution, (money is always tight) but would like some high end options as well.
Powersoft T-series are about as HiFi as any amp I've found (including home HiFi amps). Way outside of your power requirements, but headroom is never a bad thing.

There are a few forum threads around about them.

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Thx Chris. I'm reading very good things about that series, and not even horribly expensive.

However I'm now realizing that any 1U amp will probably have noisy fans, and since I do a lot of smallish cafe / restaurant gigs, that's a problem. (It all adds up.)

So I guess I'm looking for a 2U amp, and I'll just have to make room in my truck somehow for the bigger rack that will require.
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A Powersoft T304 at idle measures at 34dB at 1m. I think you'll be fine.

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Crown cts 4200? 2 ru, four channels about 200w /ch
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