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TC Electronic BH500 500W Bass Amp Head   (Open Box)
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Product# H71117
OVERVIEW

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

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 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Portable (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (12)
    • Home studio (10)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (8)
    • Professional recording (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    5.0

    temperamental but has potential

    By dave cab

    from calif

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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.

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    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

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      (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.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great amp

        By jpm

        from tampa,fl

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

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          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.

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          5.0

          tc head

          By beck

          from n.y.

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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.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

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

            By dave cab

            from calif

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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.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              all in all, a very solid offering

              By jeffco

              from san francisco bay area

              About Me Professional Musician

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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..

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              (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.

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              5.0

              Features and power

              By Tortuga

              from Houston

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                Cons

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                    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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