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Ashdown Electric Blue 180 Bass Amp Head
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The Electric Blue 180 head produces 180 watts of Ashdown goodness via a fan-cooled, fast-transient power stage. The preamp section boasts active/pass...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Electric Blue 180 offers fine Ashdown tone for players on a budget.
The Electric Blue 180 head produces 180 watts of Ashdown goodness via a fan-cooled, fast-transient power stage. The preamp section boasts active/passive instrument inputs, a VU-style LED input meter, 5-band EQ with Bright and Deep switches, front panel-mounted DI output, FX loop, and tuner/line out.
The mighty Ashdown subharmonic generator tracks the main signal and reproduces it an octave lower, and the level control lets you to add just the right amount of low-end reinforcement--everything from a subtle thickening of the sound to unbridled, bone-crushing tone.
Fan-cooled, fast-transient power stage
Active/passive instrument inputs
VU-style LED input meter
Front-panel direct output
High Input: Impedance 3.9MOhm/Input range 150mV-20V p-p
Low Input: Impedance 10kOhm/Input range 300mV-40V p-p
Line Input: Impedance 22kOhm/Input level 0dBu nominal
Effects Return: Impedance 22kOhm/Level 0dBu nominal
Tuner Output: Impedance 22kOhm/Level 0dBu nominal
Effects Send: Impedance 22kOhm/Level 0dBu nominal
DI Output: 600 ohms balanced/Level -20dBu nominal
Speaker Outputs: Minimum impedance 4 ohms
Bass: ±15dB @ 100Hz
Lo Mid: ±15dB @ 220Hz
Middle: ±15dB @ 660Hz
Hi Mid: ±15dB @ 1.6kHz
Treble: ±15dB @ 7kHz shelving
Deep: +8dB @ 50Hz
Bright: +10dB @ 10kHz
Signal to Noise: Better than 80dB (EQ flat)
Distortion: Less than 0.5% THD
Frequency Response: -3dB at 33Hz and 25kHz
Power Requirements: 230/115v
20-2/3"W x 7-2/3"H x 15-1/10"D
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I have been very happy with the performance of my Ashdown EB 180 however the input control is very sensative. At a recent gig I bumped into the input level and blew the cone completely out of one of the speakers in my GK 210 Bass Cab. If you play out with this head keep an eye on the meter. If you start pegging it you can kiss your speakers good-bye.
The Ashdown Electric Blue 180 Bass Amp Head is a very solid bass head. It doesn't come with a bunch of fancy effects, a compressor, or even a gain. It does feature what they call a Subharmonic generator which approximates the sound of two basses played together. Its kind of neat, but is not foot switchable so its not really useful.This is a no frills product, but the price is right and what you do get is just a great sounding head. I have it connected to an Acoustic B115 cab and with that this head gives good, clear tone and is very adjustable with an effective EQ that gives you plenty of control. Combined with the B115's switchable Tweeter horn, you have a lot of tone options. Both of my basses are passive, so this flexibility from the head is very nice. It really does sound great, especially considering its price. You can also completely bypass the EQ with the press of a button and just use the natural characteristics of your bass. Again, very flexible. The build/design is simple and very basic but feels solid enough. My only real complaint is that the fan used for cooling is always at full speed and is quite loud. It might not be a problem in a Gigging scenario, but setup in a room, it can be disheartening. Its something that Ashdown really should address. The fan though, is an off the shelf fan that is compatible with PC (computer) fan controllers. I was able to attach a $5 fan controller to the fan so now I have control over its speed/noise level. Unorthodox, sure, but it saved me from having to return an otherwise great head.
First off, this amp is a LOUD 180 watts. I thought it would be too small for my band's needs but this thing is killer. I've made a 350 watt Fender Professional series 15 break up with it. Besides it being ballsy, it has amazing tone. The EQ is excellent. Ashdown heads are known for their tone and this one is no exception. Awesome. If you want an affordable head that packs a punch and has great tone, this is it. I have no complaints.
I have used this head coupled with 2 1x12 cabs as well as a single 15 cab and it works nicely for low to medium volume gigs with drums. The XLR out is extremely useful for connecting to the house mixer and is one of the main reasons I bought this amp. The tone controls are very versatile, and just about any sound you need is in there! Caution: use the sub control sparingly- just enough to beef up the lows if needed (usually you don't!) In all, a very well made and good sounding amp! This is NOT an amp for EXTREMELY loud metal/punk et al, but does nicely for most situations.