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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2003, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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QSC or Crown Power Amp?

I am creating a rack setup and I need advice about a power amp. I have a Pod Pro and am going to get a Furman Plus conditioner to run through a Mesa Rectifier half cab. I play hard rock/metal and want a power amp to deliver enough power but not cause my distortion to become mud. The cab is 140 watts at 8ohms. I don't have the cash for a Mesa tube power amp and triaxis, which is why I'm looking at the alternatives: QSC and Crown. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-17-2003, 12:25 PM
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I used a Tube Works Mos Valve for a few years before going the head / cab route in my rig. They're solid state, but they are very warm sounding. I believe the model I had was 90 watts per side. I've seen them selling used for $200 on the auction site.
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If you can drop the coin on a Crown or QSC, you may want to hunt down a used Mesa 20/20, you can get em from $3-400 bux delivered and they are well worth the $$$.

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check out some VHT power amps the 2/50/2 kicks ass.

Mesa makes some good stuff - 20/20 they make a 50w one forget the name

Carvin has some dirt cheap stuff that Vai, Steve Morse and others use, never used one tho.

20/20 Pod PRO setup was at my local Sam Ash and it sounded great.
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If you plan on playing at a fairly loud level, don't get the MosValve. They really turn to crap at high volume. At a medium volume they sound incredible. You need as much headroom as possible with Line 6 stuff so make sure you try out whatever amp you are considering at a decent volume.
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Get something with a high wattage for sure. My Line6 Flextone II sounds great, but at 60-watts, it starts to break up the lowest gain clean stuff when cranked on the headphone jack.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 02:06 AM
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I have Ccrown AND QSC amps in my PA. I prefer the QSC - it's cleaner power and MUCH MUCH lighter.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by kennydoe
I have Crown AND QSC amps in my PA. I prefer the QSC - it's cleaner power and MUCH MUCH lighter.

I have both as well; QSC on top & Crown on subs. I don't think you can go wrong either way - great amps. But if you're buying new, I would look at Carvin as well - great value on most of their catalog.
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