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Thomann have a new range of Harley Benton SS bass heads @ 300 and 600w. I can’t make out If they’re class AB or D but they look decent enough as a backup? Has anyone ever used them ?

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Looking at the website it states weight as 04kg assuming that's 4kg. No way that's class ab at that weight.

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19 minutes ago, Stofferson said:

Looking at the website it states weight as 04kg assuming that's 4kg. No way that's class ab at that weight.

I’m reading 11kg, which is about right for an A/B transistor amp 🤔

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I'd just woke up, I can't read, in fairness the web page kinda split it lol 

 

Weight - 11

04 kg

 

Should picked that up my bad.

In which case sounds about right 

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This amp very much reminds me of an Ashdown ABM 600. I'm sure thats entirely coincidental.

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28 minutes ago, chyc said:

This amp very much reminds me of an Ashdown ABM 600. I'm sure thats entirely coincidental.

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It’s probably the Toneman rebranded 

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Most of the weight comes from the power supply. You can have a class D amp with a conventional power supply (why would you ?) or an AB amp with a switchmode (lightweight) power supply.

Having said that this looks too heavy to be anything but a conventional supply with a heavy mains transformer and is likely to be class AB. I'm a little confused by Harley Benton's positioning of amps and speakers at the moment. Price wise this amp is in competition with the Bugera which doesn't give 2000W but does give 7-800W and has a good reputation from acual users, the Peavey Minimax plus less powerful but capable offerings from TC, Trace Elliott, Mark Bass. If I wanted a backup amp I'd go for these smaller and lighter amps and save the body building for my main amp. In fact I bought the Peavey and it is so good I use it as my main amp.

Unless these things sound amazing, and they might of course, I'd go for a more glamorous brand which would fetch a better used price if you want to move it on.

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Only the sudden unexpected demise of my car has prevented me from trying some of the new HB stuff. That and I'm already committed to buying a couple of things. But one day I'll probably be back telling everyone how great they are, and folk will shake their heads , smile indulgently and go on buying expensive labels instead.  Which is absolutely their perogative and fine by me. Not that my opinion matters.

Carry on.

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10 minutes ago, stewblack said:

But one day I'll probably be back telling everyone how great they are, and folk will shake their heads , smile indulgently and go on buying expensive labels instead.  Which is absolutely their perogative and fine by me. Not that my opinion matters.

Carry on.

Or someone will buy one of those 'Expensive' Brands and tell every one how great they are, and You will shake your head, Smile indulgently and go on buying one of those 'Cheap' Brands😀 Of course everyone's opinion matters [including yours] to someone somewhere sometime.

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The Harley Benton stuff is amazing value . I bought their 51 pbass last year and I couldn’t fault it apart from rough fretwork but €40 at my luthier put that right . I only sold it on because it wasn’t getting used. 

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2 hours ago, Nebadon2000 said:

Or someone will buy one of those 'Expensive' Brands and tell every one how great they are, and You will shake your head, Smile indulgently and go on buying one of those 'Cheap' Brands😀 Of course everyone's opinion matters [including yours] to someone somewhere sometime.

Ha! Good point. I just find my life becomes less stressful the less I try to inflict me and my ideas onto others.

Catch myself doing it still sometimes though..

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Probably a re-imagining of the MAG series but I will say one thing. The headphone socket is 3.5mm someone has actually USED the headphone output and realise that headphones usually come with a 3.5mm not a 1/4" plug.

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2 things that should be on the ashdown abm series - tuner and headphone socket.

 

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