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TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head

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Tons of power with a feature set that leaves little to be desired.

The BH500 bass amp head is the latest addition to TC Electronic's Bass Amp 2.0 lineup! Combined with the BC cabs of your choice, it stacks up to become any rig you need for small bar gigs, indoor rock clubs, outdoor stadium concerts”you name it!

The BH500 boasts razor-sharp tone-shaping tools like TubeTone emulator for tube-like sound and response, SpectraComp compression, and bass-tuned tone controls. Also, its three user memories let you change your tone at any given time. An integrated tuner lets you tune up in silence before you rock.

SpectraComp
A conventional compressor is often dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp you get per-string multi-band compression that evens out across all strings. You get an even, rock-solid tone that cuts through any mix whether you play fingerstyle, with a heavy pick, or slap the strings hard.

TubeTone
The TubeTone effect was originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs try to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but why not take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account? Both are essential to the sound when you want that classic tube warmth as well as when you go for a full-on overdriven rock sound with a massive punch!

Presets
BH500 can store three of your favorite tones. For instance, if you need a nice chunk of overdrive on specific passages, presets are king. Not to mention, with great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing, rocking out!

Built-in bass tuner
Every once in a while you need to tune up, and whenever that happens, just let the built-in tuner guide you. It's simple, it lets you tune silently, and it gets you back to rocking in no time.

Tone Controls and TweeterTone
EQ is always a bass essential, so the BH500 is equipped with a great-sounding 4-band EQ which is perfect for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid frequencies, which creates an amazing low-end punch on demand.

The tweeter control is usually located on the rear of the cabinet, but on the BH500 you can conveniently adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel. Further, the sound also gets modified slightly with filters giving you a much more intelligent control over the high frequencies that are critical for giving your sound that razor-sharp edge.

Connections
For rehearsing or jamming, you can connect your portable music player to the front-panel aux input. If you don't want to disturb the neighbors, plug in your headphones and the drivers will be muted automatically. Finally, you can send a signal to a sound engineer via the balanced XLR output (also on the front panel), or to an audio interface when you are recording.

FEATURES
  • 500W
  • 4-band tone controls
  • TubeTone tube emulation
  • SpectraComp per-string compression
  • Front-panel tweeter level control, balanced XLR out, and RCA aux in
  • 3 user preset slots
  • Built-in tuner

It's time to step up to Bass 2.0 with the BH500! Order now.

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TC ElectronicBH500 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Portable (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (14)
  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
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    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Impressed with the Tone

By jmastanduno

from NJ

Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

Was skeptical to buy this, since I only knew that they made outboard gear and Tannoy monitors. I must say the more I play through it, the impressed I am. Right now we are recording a CD and I'm using the post eq XLT out to feed the board and all the guys in my band are marvelling at the sound. They're like I never heard of TC electronics but that head sounds like butter dripping off a hot knife. Im running a 2X10 EDEN cab that I loaded with trace elliot speakers in it and a 1X15 JBL cabinet and Im very happy with the sound. Keeps up no problem with 2 loud guitarists and a heavy drummer. Thats on like half volume. I havent had to turn it past that yet. I would give 5 stars all around except Its fairly new and it hasnt been giggged much since we started recording. Also, a second speaker out would be nice and a line out volume. Right now the line out level is set by the preamp gain. No biggies, though and this head sounds better than anything in its price range ( AND FAIRLY HIGHER) HANDS DOWN.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Basee Head

By rich

from Washington D.C.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Portible But

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Jam
  • Performances

Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

I was apprehensive about making this purchase. I researched and was heading the Ampeg route. However, a local music store had it on display. I used a mid level bass to see how the amp performed. I was blown away with how much you get for the money. The tweeter tone and the tube are excellent features. At practice for the first time I had to turn down as I was cutting through the Marshall stacks. Love the tuner feature too. You have to play with it and if you check you tube there is a video explaining the diffrent functions on this head. I don't post this kind of stuff, but I love it so much that I felt obligated to do so.

#Messengermetal

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

temperamental but has potential

By dave239

from san diego

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Once Dialed In Wow
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Learning Curve Be Patient

Best Uses

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

Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

bought this to upgrade from my 200 watt b200h acoustic head, which i have to say had a lot of clean low end, kick and punchy mids and a crisp tight high end. As i have had this new amp a few months now, my thoughts are still mixed. the mids seem muffled. the lows heavy and boomy , in a nice way. the high end adequate. But .....I have been running it thru a 15 in cab and a peavy twin 10, no horn or tweeter. Switching out the 15 with a yamaha 15 p.a. cab with horn and running it with the peavey has made all the difference ! Supposedly this amp can run 3 8 ohm cabs... but they must be their brand ? Again i ask this as i would love to add a sub. adding the horn gave the tweetertone control more pronounced effects. The tubetone control is also more reactive. I can adjust the low end to a clean bass line. The mids are now easily pushed thru the peavey 2 x 10 cab, and the horn picks up the highs
Oddly , i think this amp is a tube amp in disquise. It has all the characteristics of a tube amp..take your time. read the manual.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great amp

By BP

from tampa

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

    took a while searching for the right replacement for a 200 watt 1975 amp i had. this one has a comp that works on all strings evenly. very useful 4 band eq . a tweeter volume , which only works within a tweeters frequency. a tube simulator which runs pre and post amp. mute/tuner...2 contours that work well with slap bass. 3 setting savers that save everything except master volume. so if you play fretless as well as i do...you do not have to reset settings.for round wound strings , i use the comp at 4.5 , tweeter at +3 , and tube setting at 4.5...this gives you a very tight , yet accurate rock bass. tube simulator will overdrive well at near max level.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great lo end & high end, mid......

    By dave239

    from san diego

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Great Controls Features
    • Powerful
    • Tube Like Low End

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Everything
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

      After a few months playing with this thing, which i bought as an upgrade for my Acoustic bh200 amp head. i am in awe... with reservations... i really like the tube tone and tweeter tone features. at first i was using a 15 inch passive sub and a peavey twin 10 bass cabinet. sounded pretty good, didnt really experiment with the sound too much. i have since switched out the sub with a 15 inch bass cabinet. both had great low end and high end, but the bass cabinet combination seemed to lack a lot of the mids. after adjusting, experimenting with the compression, eq, etc its pretty good now.. but not perfect. As this can handle 3 tc bass cabs rated at 8 ohms, i am pondering if the spec is brand specific as i think adding a yamaha a15 p.a. cabinet would blow out windows ! wondering if you can actually only use tc electronics brand cabinets for a 3 cabinet set up ? i will be experimenting... 1st, using the peavey twin 10 bass cab with the a15 yamaha, then the 15 inch bass cab with the yamaha a15. and of course will try the 15 inch sub with the yamaha a15, possibly add the peavey as a 3rd cabinet.....So really, i think this is about finding the right cabinets to match this beauty. it has a lot of punch, clean, lots of features. Wish i had a ric stereo bass so i could run it thru both the tc and acoustic head in stereo.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Giggable and Loveable

      By D

      from Jersey

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Live performance
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

        The bass player in my band bought this. He is guitar player by trade but has become an excellent bass player, his knowledge of the guitar has helped him expand the role of a bass player beyond hitting a bass note with the kick. He plays excellent Gary Tallent like melodies when the song allows it, sticks in the pocket when needed. The amp choice was due to 3 factors; price, power and portability.

        The amp is quite loud, we've had the master on 4 and ten and the tone has been consitent. If you can't afford an SVT head, if you something that is usable in most situations then this should be a consideration. Combine it with a BC410 and you got a gig worthy rig and we've had a dozen shows since June, used this at at least ten of them.

        The tone print, tuner and tube modeler knob all add nice touches to the actual sound and flexability of the amp.

        One star off for not being an actual tube amp and for being an amp that takes a while to learn, it isn't a simple setup. Learn how the knobs and interface interact and you'll be fine.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        all in all, a very solid offering

        By jeffco

        from san francisco bay area

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        Pros

        • Good Volume And Limiter
        • Headroom
        • Nice Sound Controls
        • Nice Tube Equalization
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • See Description
        • Speakon Output Only

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

        Overall, this is an excellent amp with a bright and clear output, a nice compressor, good eq controls, plenty of headroom for its power rating (500 watt model reviewed). It sounds very clean to my ears, and was exceptional at modelling a nice tone out of an accoustic bass with a built in piezzo pickup and not generating feedback. I played with this model using 2 four string basses, fender and yamaha, a 5 string frettless, and two fretless accoustics.. It handles the b strings with a nice touch via compression levels, rounding out string volume nicely. My complaints are few but fine.,
        1. Speakon cables only, 8 ohm max
        2. Lacks the 'sweet spot' characteristic of an ampeg or similar design. Some players a/o engineers may like this complaint,as this amp produces a very clean and clear projection, and tube emulation is nice. By sweet spot, I'm discussing a very particular and subjective quality, that sugar for tone converter found in ampeg, gk, and certain hartke and fender models..
        Overall, this amp is outstanding for its class and price..

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Value, Great Tone!

        By BassHead69

        from Bellaire, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

          Best value bass head out there. This baby's got plenty of power and excellent tone. It doesn't have a lot of flashy lights, bells, and whistles, but that's good in my opinion. Everything centered around getting you the best tone out of the bass. The standout features are: 1) the Tube Tone selector, which can range from a clean bass sound on zero, to nearly completely fuzzed out and warm on 10, and 2) The Tweeter Tone control, which gives you great flexibility for feeding in high frequencies, virtually eliminating the need for a tweeter in your cabinet. Plus, having the Tweeter Tone on the front of the amp allows you to easily make adjustments on the fly during a performances. I would not hesitate to recommend this to bass head to any serious bassist or anyone who is just starting out. Dial up your own tone and let the floorboards rumble!

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Happy

          By BlizTex

          from Albion, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Effects Loop

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

          Plenty of power, great sound and tone capabilities. The three preset options for when you dial in a sound you want to save is a great feature. Built in tuner, compressor, tweeter tone, and tube tone.... an all around great amp at a price that makes it the best all around value that I've found.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Almost perfect

          By Eddie O

          from San Francisco Bay Area

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

            The sound, the multi-band compression, the built in tuner, the "tube" tone, the tweeter tweaker: all great features, especially if you have TC cabinets (I have the BH 410 and 212). It's plenty loud: if you need MORE volume, well, the XLR direct out should go to a big PA with subs, etc. It looks cool in RED.

            The downside for me is its weight: 24 pounds. Many other Class D solid state bass amps weigh in a 4 to 10 pounds, so I'm not sure why this one is so heavy. The Ampeg PF800, for example, weights in at just under 12 pounds. The MarkBass LittleMark 800 weights just under 7 pounds.

            I got the TC because of the matched BH cabs and the 4x10 and 2x12 make a great pair if you need that much air to move; and either alone works well for a smaller venue. The TC features mentioned above and the good price (I got mine as a "restock", and I've seen it on a "stupid deal" for an even better price.

            I say, if the wight does not bother you, go for it!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice amp

            By Djembe Records

            from Dallas

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            Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

            This is a nice, modern bass amp. It's heavy for a solid-state amp, a good thing. It must have a decent transformer or two. The tone controls are very versatile as the memory. The compressor and tuner are handy. There is only one Speakon output (4 ohms or more) and these class-D amps never sound as loud as the specs indicate. I'm using a vintage JBL D-140 on it. It's good for recording or moderate size clubs. It's made in Thailand. - joel

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            OUTSTANDING AMP

            By luvinbass

            from Redding,Ca

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great range of tones
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • No Effects Loop

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Practice With Audio In

            Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

            Just purchased this amp head and do not have a speaker cab yet. Took it to a local music shop to test the amp on different cabs. All sounded good but was really impressed with this head in a GK neo 410. Fantastic sound and way more volume than I will ever need. One of the best I've heard and a very reasonable price.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome-o 5000

            By Rgilchrest

            from Virginia beach, va

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

              This amp is awesome. It has so many useful features. The tubetone gives it a real tube feel. It must have a built in noise gate I havnt read about somewhere no noise except for the noise you create.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              tc head

              By bocfan

              from ny

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                Excellent head,wish I bought it sooner. Clean and strong with many great features.

                 
                5.0

                Awesome power, and very simple to operate.

                By BASSMAN Tim

                from Orlando, Florida

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • High quality equipment
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                  Lifted my sound to the next level.

                   
                  5.0

                  I love this Amp

                  By jd

                  from Ringwood, NJ

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                    I play an old Fender Jazz Bass through this amp paired with a Fender 4x10 Cabinet. It's loud, clear, and combined with my bass and cab the sound is nice and gritty which is what I prefer. It may take a little while to dial in the exact tone you want, but the amp has some programming functions with pre-defined samples to get you started. I have the eq set fairly flat, Bass, Lo-Mid, and Treble at about 1, and the Hi-Mid at 0. Works for me. I would buy this amp again without any hesitation.

                     
                    5.0

                    BH500 500W Bass Amp Head

                    By Stan the Drummer man

                    from Belleville IL

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      This thing rock and well worth the money

                       
                      4.0

                      Good head

                      By frdagaa

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      A very good amp and unbelievably great value at the sale price. It has an excellent onboard compressor, memory settings to store different dialed-in tones, and a good EQ section. The tube emulation provides some grit, but that is not a sound that I need, and I'm not sure how good it is. Better for somebody else to comment on that one. My only gripes are the weight of 27lbs, The presence of only one speaker output, and a gain knob that at least for my active bass seems to be a little hard to dial-in. It's not really that. It's more that the amp is not as loud as one might expect, which could be overcome by higher gain settings, but anything above three or four begins to distort. I directly compared it to my GK MB500II (which is the older model) and although they sound a little bit different, they are comparable enough if dialed in correctly. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with the purchase.

                       
                      5.0

                      Features and power

                      By Tortuga

                      from Houston

                      About Me Experienced

                      Comments about TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      I bought this amp for features such as the simple built-in tuner as well as the tone possibilities. Its price made it a good value. When I plugged it in to my Hartke 115XL cabinet, I found that I also got a lot of power. It gets loud without turning it up that much, and it sounds great.

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