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Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head  

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Just over a decade ago, Marco De Virgiliis started pioneering small, lightweight amps; the Markbass Little Mark heads started a new era in bass ampli...Read More

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OVERVIEW

An amp head even smaller than the Little Mark with 500W of power and newly added extras.

Just over a decade ago, Marco De Virgiliis started pioneering small, lightweight amps; the Markbass Little Mark heads started a new era in bass amplification, inspiring many other companies to follow their lead.

Now, you'll be amazed that such a warm, rich and “explosive” sound comes from an amp smaller than Markbass' groundbreaking Little Mark heads! And—despite its small size—the Big Bang is packed with extra features that players have been asking for: aux in, headphone output with level control, plus mute and VLE and VPF filters with footswitch control. Other features, already appreciated by Little Mark users, include a simple and effective 4-band EQ, effects loop, and level control and pre/post EQ switch for the XLR DI output.

FEATURES
  • 500W
  • 4-band EQ
  • Effects loop
  • Level control
  • Pre/post EQ switch for the XLR DI output
  • Headphone output with level control
  • Mute

Massive power you can almost fit in your pocket. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head

  • Input: Impedance 500 Kohm, max. voltage 15 Vpp
  • Aux In
  • Effect Return: Impedance 33 Kohm, max. voltage 10 Vpp
  • Gain, Master Volume, Line Out Level and Headphone Level Controls
  • Ground Lift: Switch on rear panel
  • Pre/Post EQ: Switch on rear panel
  • Mute: Footswitch
  • Equalization: Low: Center frequency: 40 Hz; level: ±16 dB
  • Low Mid: Center frequency: 360 Hz, level: ±16 dB
  • High Mid: Center frequency: 800 Hz, level: ±16 dB
  • High: Center frequency: 10 kHz, level: ±16 dB
  • Filter Section (with footswitch)
  • VPF (Variable Pre-shape Filter): center frequency 380 Hz (cut)
  • VLE (Vintage Loudspeaker Emulator): frequency range 250 Hz-20 kHz (cut)
  • Line Out: Balanced XLR, max. voltage 20 Vpp
  • Effect Send: Unbalanced, max. voltage 20 Vpp (pre-EQ)
  • Tuner Out: Unbalanced, max. voltage 2 Vpp
  • Speaker Out: Speakon/1/4" combo, 1/4"
  • Headphone Out
  • Weight: 4.74 lb.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 8.94" x 2.56" x 10.04"
  • Output Power: 300W RMS @ 8 ohm, 500W RMS @ 4 ohm
  • Power Requirement: 100/120V; 230V; 240V
  • 50/60Hz
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MarkbassBig Bang 500W Bass Amp Head
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Performances (4)
    • Home studio (3)
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      • Professional musician (3)

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    5.0

    Great Head

    By MikeonBass

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Really Really Nice

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events

      Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

      Technology is a wonderful thing. I have a couple other portable bass heads and this thing is the best I have used so far

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bass Head!

      By Scrafe

      from Rockford, IL

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

        The MarkBass Big Bang is a great sounding head. Small size and light weight but big power. This head has a good combination of punchy, hard hitting lows and mid and highs that cut through. I'm a fan of the MarkBass sound and have gigged with the SD1200, Little Mark III and Little Mark Tube 800 and I have to say this amp is my favorite. I'm using the Big Bang with a MarkBass 410 cabinet.

        Controls are sensitive and easy to dial in the sound I want. The amp sounds so good I find I'm not going back to fiddle with the knobs to find the right sound like I have with other amps. What I like best about this amp is that the lows are lower sounding and mid range and highs come through without getting harsh and you can hear details in your playing better.

        The MarkBass Big Bang is a really great amp!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love the Big Bang!

        By FotoBoy

        from Houston,TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

          Had been trying to downsize...carrying big things at this age, well... I always get lined into the PA at any gig that needs it, so tried a Hartke 210C Combo,
          and just did not like the sound at all. Played the Mark Bass 2-10 combo and really liked the sound. So got this to use with my Carvin 4-10 Cab. OMG...first practice, the guys started commenting very quickly, how much better it sounded than the old Carvin head and the Hartke. Have one gig under the belt, and it was so noticeably better. I run a little compression with a pedal and voila... Very happy. Now planning on switching to one of their cabs next month. Highly recommended.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like The Name Says!!!

          By Jmac

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Great tone
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Versatile
          • Warm

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

            I won't repeat what the other reviewers have said because it's all true. I do however think the EQ in conjunction with the VLE and VPF is very versatile and responsive. But what I will add is that the tone that comes from this amp is very rich at any volume, including low volume. This was important for me because I share my practice area sometimes. This was impressive to me because other amps I have owned sounded very thin at low volume. I haven't tried it with any affects, only a compressor, and it sounds great. I weighed all options when considering this amp and since I decided to go micro, my choices boiled down to GK MB Fusion, the Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 and this one. I think I made the right decision. For a digital power amp, it's tone is extremely warm. I sold all the gear I had (except my bass) to buy this amp, which I caught on sale and I'm a happy man!!!!

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A excellent-sounding, versatile head

            By Brad M

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Eq

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

            I was saving up for the F1 or F500 when they discontinued them (Why, Markbass? Why?). From what I can gather the Big Bang is their replacement. I had also considered the LM III and the LM 800 and I'd been able to borrow or play them on gigs through a variety of cabinets. They all sound different as each has their own topology. The BB shaves inches and pounds by using a digital power amp whereas the LM III uses an analog power amp. Similarly, the LM 800 uses a higher-spec 800W digital power section. Even though the LM 800 should possess a higher theoretical headroom, I found the LM III and BB to have more than enough headroom for even the largest gigs. Plus, I found I just prefer the sound of the LM II/III and BB.

            My inclusion of the EQ being a con is only for those looking for serious sculpting available in the head. If you're already familiar with other MB heads, this will come as no surprise to you but in the effort to be completely objective, this is a consideration. Even though it has four bands, it is limited up against a fully parametric EQ. I, along with many other MB users, like the flat sound of the amp. I occasionally tweak something very slightly for room or cab deficiencies but I hardly ever use it and it sounds beautiful.

            I first demoed this with the NY 121 cab at Guitar Center Brooklyn and was immediately impressed. The little cab was no slouch either! Of course I saved my final word until I could play it through my cabs and on some gigs. I normally use one or two Epifani UL-112 cabs and they paired well together. The amp possesses an intoxicating immediacy. It responds with lightning quickness. Bringing up the VLE control relaxes and loosens the response and reminds me very much of an old Ampeg B-15. The VPF control lets you roll off some of the top end and warm things up.

            Despite its lightning response this amp is all about warmth. They apparently spent a lot of time getting this amp to sound huge and warm and vibey and it shows. With the exception of the Aguilar Tone Hammer 500, most of the micro amps out there sound fairly technical. For me, the Tone Hammer is maybe a little TOO warm and round. I like to have that quick, modern sound when I need it and the Aguilar stuff in general doesn't really get me there.

            Last week I was able to gig extensively with it, playing it on a total of twelve different shows, through many different cabs and in many different rooms and musical situations and it passed the test with flying colors. I was amazed at how cool the amp runs. Yes, the fan runs all the time but it's virtually silent. I pushed it pretty hard on an outdoor gig with two 4x10 cabs on a hot summer day and it didn't even break a sweat. The chassis was as cool as it was when I first turned it on!

            Some prefer the LM II/III sound but this gets me exactly where I want to be (and with a couple extra cool features to boot!). Speaking of which, I did get to try out the headphone amp (with aux in) and I found it to be quite good. I usually take a Cafe Walter headphone amp with me on the road and while the BB might not possess the super high specs of the Cafe Walter, it is certainly adequate enough for silent practice. They did a lot of things right here and I hope they sell a lot of them. Let's just hope it doesn't go the way of the F series!

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AWESOMENESS IN A LITTLE BOX!!!

            By Bull Monkey

            from Sugar Land, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Nice tone
            • Sweet Sound
            • Very lightweight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Road Gigs

            Comments about Markbass Big Bang 500W Bass Amp Head:

            Read the top line... I played on this little beauty in a guitar shop by house... Went in not looking to buy, and it sold itself...

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