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SWR headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp  

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    Incredible power and a signature SWR tube preamp in a diminutive package.

    In the 400W headlite Bass Amp Head a legendary SWR tube preamplifier meets Class D power amp technology! The SWR headlite, weighing just under 4 lbs, delivers the tonal clarity SWR amps are famous for, as well as an astonishingly thunderous low-end response for such a diminutive package. But don't let the SWR headlite amp's size fool you, this is a full-featured, professional-quality bass amplifier!

    Ideal as a stand-alone amp in a head/speaker rig or partnered with SWR's amplite—a matching 400W power amplifier—in a multiple power-amp rig, the headlite is an extremely versatile performance amplifier for stage or studio.

    The SWR headlite amp head includes a handy accessory bag designed for a headlite, an amplite and all the necessary cables, or it can be rack-mounted in 1/2-rackspace with the optional rackmount kit. The optional SWR headlite 2-button footswitch lets you mute and turn the effects loop on or off as well as containing an integrated bass tuner.

    Features
    • SWR tube preamp with 3-band semi-parametric EQ
    • 400 watts Class D power
    • -10dB input pad switch
    • Mute switch with LED indicator
    • Aural Enhancer™ with Defeat switch
    • True balanced line out (XLR & 1/4") with ground lift, pre/post switch and level control
    • Speakon jack
    • Rackmountable with optional kit

    Huge SWR sound in a convenient head. Order now!

     

    headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp Specifications:

    • 4 lb.
    • Height: 1-3/4" (4.6 cm)
    • Width: 8-1/2" (21.6 cm)
    • Depth: 9-3/4" (24.8 cm)
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    SWRheadlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp
     
    4.8

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Blown away!!

    By Eric

    from Dallas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Power
    • Powerful
    • Size
    • Tone
    • Versatility

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Live
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Studio

    Comments about SWR headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp:

    What ever you have will not compare to this amp. It's hands down the best bass amp I have ever used. Paired with a Goliath Jr, this bad boy will rock your world. Tone, presence, attack, clarity... Lows/highs.. All great! No need to EQ on the front of house console as it sounds amazing through a large PA with subs. Haven't tried it in the studio yet..but I will soon. Like I said...blown away!!!!!

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    4.0

    Good Value

    By Kevin Becker

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about SWR headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp:

      Good little amp. Very tweak-able. Only negative: it is hard to see settings as the dials are very small and thus difficult to see what the settings are without picking up the head to have a closer look. Have owned for 8 months no issues.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Holy Schnikes!

      By Roc Hardcastle

      from The big Woo.

      Comments about SWR headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp:

      Went in to look at/buy a different amp. Figured I'd try this thing out. Walked out of the store with it. Plenty loud and plenty of good tones in there too. I was concerned about that at first since I play a variety of different styles, no one tone can cover everything. Sometimes you get a new amp and it does one thing really well and everything else is just "ehhh". Not here, whether you use the "Aural Enhancer" or not, great clean tone, really good growl (if that's your thing) and everything in between. Did I mention it's plenty loud and maintains it's tone without clipping out. It's nice to have only the ears hurt after a gig and not the back. It's also nice to use as a preamp in the studio. I think that's where this really shines. I really able to see just how versatile this little bugger really is running it straight to the board.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Its Magic

      By Apparition 63

      from Edmonton, Canada

      Comments about SWR headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp:

      When I first unpackaged this head, I spent some time staring at it from a variety of angles in disbelief. This is so light and small, yet packed with features, its nearly unfathomable. I've used SWR for 20 yrs and this head rivals anything I've tried before. Got the Go light 410 and Jr stack and Im impressed with the focus, bottom, and tone of this set up. Your back will thank you. Class D switching amplification will revolutionize the industry.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Money I have Ever Spent!!!

      By BuGstkw56

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about SWR headlite 400W Bass Amp Head With Tube Preamp:

      Look no further kids! This thing is amazing. Traded out of my Ampeg gear that was about as light as Godzilla's overwieght brother. Don't let the size fool you. It's amazingly loud. You can't go past 7 gain 7 master without having the clip light go off but who cares. At that point your ears are bleeding. The rig I settled on is the headlight with the amplight, a 2x10, 4x10 and 1x15 cabs. I have never been so happy with a purchase. All three cabs for the big rooms. The 2x10 for practice and studio. Maybe just the 4x10 for medium rooms. I feel like I have the versitility to set up my rig based on the venue now instead of having to drag the 8x10 cab into the coffee shop and watch the owner ... er.. uhm... need an underwear change. ;*) I actually matched this up against the Genz Benz and I thought the SWR was all around better. Might be just a preferance in tone but I feel the SWR has more configurable tone than the Genz did. Thanks SWR for offering on whicked product!

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