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Yamaha BBT 500H 500W Digital Bass Amp Head  

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Delivers 500 punchy, class-D watts into 2 cabs, yet it weighs less than 11 pounds! Select from 11 of your favorite bass amp sounds, dial up the progr...Read More

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Compact, lightweight, and packed with thunderous power!

Delivers 500 punchy, class-D watts into 2 cabs, yet it weighs less than 11 pounds! Select from 11 of your favorite bass amp sounds, dial up the programmable parametric EQ and compressor, and store your favorite combinations to 5 front-panel presets. Add to that a noise gate, parallel effects loop, speaker simulator, MIDI capability, variable crossover, headphone and tuner outs, and you've got one heavy package--figuratively speaking.

With BBT cabs, designed to match the BBT500H perfectly. They're available in a single 10" cab, a 2 x 10" cab, and a 4 x 10" cab.

FEATURES
  • 500W @ 2 ohms
  • 24-bit A/D/A conversion
  • 48kHz sampling frequency
  • 5 user memory locations
  • Monaural effects send/return
  • Speaker simulator
  • Noise gate
  • MIDI I/O
  • Variable crossover

Extreme power and digital convenience all in one! Call or click to order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

BBT 500H 500W Digital Bass Amp Head

  • Power amp: Class-D circuitry, 500W @ 2 ohms
  • Preamp: All-digital signal processing, 11 sound types, 5-band semi-parametric tone controls (variable frequencies)
  • Effect section: Compressor, output limiter, noise gate, crossover, speaker simulator
  • Output level/impedance: 500W RMS/2 ohms, 250W RMS/4 ohms
  • Dimensions: 14-7/8"W x 3-7/16"H x 10-7/16"D
  • 11 lbs.
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4.6

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Yamaha BBT500H bass amplifier head

I use to get the service manual before I buy the equipment so I (most of times) know exactly what I get. I have read the reviews as well mentioning that this amplifier...Read complete review

I use to get the service manual before I buy the equipment so I (most of times) know exactly what I get. I have read the reviews as well mentioning that this amplifier is noisy. It is noisy if you advance the input level just a little bit and then gain to max. The trick is to use the input level until you get the solid green light and then set the rest. I have tested it on PA system JBL speakers with Sony audio CD player to see what the amp is really doing and it has blew me away with the sound quality and power. It has only 125W on 8 Ohm but sounds way louder than for instance Roland Cube 120XL Bass and you can not compare the quality (better than Alesis PA amp). I can (at any point and easy) get all the Fender Jazz Bass combinations using cheap Yamaha RBX-170 bass (I like it because it really has good (passive) pick-ups and shines with D'Addario strings). I will replace thermistors with 70 Deg C - available from "Mouser" (originals are set for 90 Deg C) to get the fan starting earlier at lower temperatures. One of these thermistors is in power supply block and one is on the output heat-sink (both in series).

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BitterSweet Yamaha

This amp is impressive-really tasteful modeling-and extremly smart controls, ie. input pre amp(every amp should have this), master and gain This amp is impressive really tasteful modeling and extremely smart controls,...Read complete review

This amp is impressive-really tasteful modeling-and extremly smart controls, ie. input pre amp(every amp should have this), master and gain This amp is impressive really tasteful modeling and extremely smart controls, i.e. input pre amp(every amp should have this), master and gain for preamp section and a master volume definitely gives you more control over getting a sound out of different basses-plus it has fairly precise EQ with excellent mid range shaping, and a good compressor. BUT the digital power amp is a bit dark/muffled sounding (I am using very expensive first rate hand made speakers) no matter what setting you are using I mean it has a color that I am not thrilled with. Here is the bittersweet part and I have read this in other reviews of the BBT 500-if you push this amp it will hum, buzz, distort, and you will hate it. I mean it goes loud enough for small to medium rooms but if you need to lean in to it like turn up the gain on the pre section past 12:00 while the masters are full out it will hum like crazy. Admit tingly you will be at a loud volume at this point but a product should not hum as this unit does it is simply unacceptable. I have respect for Yamaha-but this amp is a lemon I am a pro and I am paid to be there if I my rig is buzzing and humming on someone?s job they will not like it-and did not like it I may add (I usually do not play that loud but you never know when you will need the heard room, especially in room or stages you have never been on before). I have been playing bass for over 25 years and was intrigued enough to buy this amp as my back up amp, and must give it its props it will get very good tones at low volumes but to reiterate the buzz makes it unusable. I will be selling mine and am sorry I did not take it out on gigs before the 45 day trail period ended.for preamp section and a master volume definatley give you more control over getting a sound out of different basses-plus it has fairly percise eq with excellent mid range shaping, and a good compressor...BUT the digital power amp is a bit dark/muffled sounding(I am using very expensive first rate hand made speakers) no matter what setting you are using-I mean it has a color that I am not thrilled with. Here is the bittersweet part and I have read this in other reviews of the BBT 500-if you push this amp it will hum, buzz, distort, and you will hate it. I mean it goes loud enough for small to medium rooms but if you need to lean in to it like turn up the gain on the pre section past 12:00 while the masters are full out it will hum like crazy. Admittingly you will be at a loud volume at this point but a product should not hum as this unit does it is simply unacceptable. I have respect for Yamaha-but this amp is a lemon as in- no can use with that hum- I am a pro and I am paid to be there if I my rig is buzzing and humming on someones job they will not like it-and did not like it I may add(I usually do not play that loud but you never know when you will need the heard room, especially in room or stages you have never been on befor). I have been playing bass for over 25 years and was intrigued enough to buy this amp as my back up amp, and must give it its props it will get very good tones at low volumes but to reitterate the buzz makes it unusable. I will be selling mine and am sorry I did not take it out on gigs befor the 45 day trail period ended.

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5.0

Yamaha BBT500H bass amplifier head

By Toza

from Toronto

Pros

  • Small Digital Amplifier

Cons

  • High Fan-on Threshold

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    I use to get the service manual before I buy the equipment so I (most of times) know exactly what I get. I have read the reviews as well mentioning that this amplifier is noisy. It is noisy if you advance the input level just a little bit and then gain to max. The trick is to use the input level until you get the solid green light and then set the rest. I have tested it on PA system JBL speakers with Sony audio CD player to see what the amp is really doing and it has blew me away with the sound quality and power. It has only 125W on 8 Ohm but sounds way louder than for instance Roland Cube 120XL Bass and you can not compare the quality (better than Alesis PA amp). I can (at any point and easy) get all the Fender Jazz Bass combinations using cheap Yamaha RBX-170 bass (I like it because it really has good (passive) pick-ups and shines with D'Addario strings). I will replace thermistors with 70 Deg C - available from "Mouser" (originals are set for 90 Deg C) to get the fan starting earlier at lower temperatures. One of these thermistors is in power supply block and one is on the output heat-sink (both in series).

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    5.0

    Read the manual before complaining

    By old guy-ZyNYs

    from Denver metro

    I am amazed at the unhappiness expressed about this excellent piece of equipment..The manual clearly states 250 watts @ 4 ohms, 500@ 2(two,count em', TWO)ohms. For in house, small venues I use 1 4x8yamaha cab(4 ohms) and 2 4x8's (2 ohms)for big hall and outside gigs. With the correct impedence this baby is a monster..I love mine.It does get hot,but two hours of 70's Elvis doesn't affect my sound quality...Pretty sure Jerry Schiff would approve

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    5.0

    Yamaha BBT500H

    By Billbassoz

    from Adelaide, Australia

    I bought this head to replace a hand made head that was unreliable and heavy. In counteracting both these issues the Yamaha BBT500H is an absolute godsend. Its the lightest head I've ever come accross and touch wood has been incredibly reliable. I decided to keep my 2 hand made 12 inch speaker cabs which came with the previous head. I've never been big on the technical side of using amps so this head has been a real challenge. I found mastering the 11 preset sounds and modifying and programming the patches relatively easy. I also use the compressor and noise gate. I haven't begun to figure out all the compression and EQ settings and don't feel the need.I play a regular monthly gig with a big band. We do mainly 40s swing but also some motown/soul. I play a double bass and use a slightly modified Tube setting for the swing numbers and Rickenbacker 4000 with a RnB setting for for the motown plus the modern setting for slap. I use the fourth patch for my Maton fretless (not with the band) and the fifth as a mute. I really like all those sounds and as a musician who plays several styles through 3 different basses the BBT's versatility is its real selling point.Overall I'm really happy with the sound quality and 250 watts out of 4 ohms is plenty of power for me.My only reservation is that the head has so many features which I'll never use. Whilst I understand other players might have had problems with a lack of power and not enough patches they have not been issues for me. I'm looking forward to playing through a PA (next month) where I can test out the DI and speaker simulator.To summarise, the Yamaha BBT500H is a versatile lightweight quality amp head that will suit a wide range of bass players accross a wide range of styles and genres.

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    BitterSweet Yamaha

    This amp is impressive-really tasteful modeling-and extremly smart controls, ie. input pre amp(every amp should have this), master and gain This amp is impressive really tasteful modeling and extremely smart controls, i.e. input pre amp(every amp should have this), master and gain for preamp section and a master volume definitely gives you more control over getting a sound out of different basses-plus it has fairly precise EQ with excellent mid range shaping, and a good compressor. BUT the digital power amp is a bit dark/muffled sounding (I am using very expensive first rate hand made speakers) no matter what setting you are using I mean it has a color that I am not thrilled with. Here is the bittersweet part and I have read this in other reviews of the BBT 500-if you push this amp it will hum, buzz, distort, and you will hate it. I mean it goes loud enough for small to medium rooms but if you need to lean in to it like turn up the gain on the pre section past 12:00 while the masters are full out it will hum like crazy. Admit tingly you will be at a loud volume at this point but a product should not hum as this unit does it is simply unacceptable. I have respect for Yamaha-but this amp is a lemon I am a pro and I am paid to be there if I my rig is buzzing and humming on someone?s job they will not like it-and did not like it I may add (I usually do not play that loud but you never know when you will need the heard room, especially in room or stages you have never been on before). I have been playing bass for over 25 years and was intrigued enough to buy this amp as my back up amp, and must give it its props it will get very good tones at low volumes but to reiterate the buzz makes it unusable. I will be selling mine and am sorry I did not take it out on gigs before the 45 day trail period ended.for preamp section and a master volume definatley give you more control over getting a sound out of different basses-plus it has fairly percise eq with excellent mid range shaping, and a good compressor...BUT the digital power amp is a bit dark/muffled sounding(I am using very expensive first rate hand made speakers) no matter what setting you are using-I mean it has a color that I am not thrilled with. Here is the bittersweet part and I have read this in other reviews of the BBT 500-if you push this amp it will hum, buzz, distort, and you will hate it. I mean it goes loud enough for small to medium rooms but if you need to lean in to it like turn up the gain on the pre section past 12:00 while the masters are full out it will hum like crazy. Admittingly you will be at a loud volume at this point but a product should not hum as this unit does it is simply unacceptable. I have respect for Yamaha-but this amp is a lemon as in- no can use with that hum- I am a pro and I am paid to be there if I my rig is buzzing and humming on someones job they will not like it-and did not like it I may add(I usually do not play that loud but you never know when you will need the heard room, especially in room or stages you have never been on befor). I have been playing bass for over 25 years and was intrigued enough to buy this amp as my back up amp, and must give it its props it will get very good tones at low volumes but to reitterate the buzz makes it unusable. I will be selling mine and am sorry I did not take it out on gigs befor the 45 day trail period ended.

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    5.0

    BBT500H

    By Not Jonny

    from Kentwood, MI

    This sucker's loud. The renters upstairs didn't like how loud i was playing, and the best has yet to come.

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    5.0

    Great value

    By Deepdown

    from Prescott AZ

    What I really like about this head are the models and ease of use. Many times models are made to impress you in the store, but really are to over the top to be used. In this case every model is very practical. I work in a cover band, and have the five sounds I need at my finger tips, a great slap sound, and fat R & B sound, an overdriven Ampeg tube sound, a classic full Stones sound, and a cutting solo sound. Great value now that its at a reduced price.

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    5.0

    Nice package

    By Neuf

    from Newton, KS

    I'm very happy w/ this amp - loads of nice features in a very cheap package. The "relatively" low power output isn't noticeable or a problem for me (I've got 2ohm cabs), and I suspect if I was still playing louder venues like I used to this would be fine for stage reference, and everything else comes from the house system anyway.

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    5.0

    The Digital Advantage

    By Rich-yhxyS

    from Rock Island, IL

    In the beginning it was tubes (I started playing electric bass in 1970 with an old 1965 Fender Bassman 2-piece Combo Amp). Eventually, I bought into the solid state designs. Now that the bass amplification industry has gone digital, I didn't hesitate to jump into the transition to this new technology, leaving my trustworhty GK MB150S of 14 years behind.This Yamaha was attractive in weight & price, so I took advantage and ordered it. I was amazed. For me, the power at 125 watts into a single 8-ohm cab is plenty and it is quiet when not playing (my old Bassman only delivered 50 watts RMS from what I can remember & my GK seems to only pump about 75w RMS into 8 ohms). I can only imagine the power of 500 watts @2 ohms. The amp has lots of versatility in sound shaping, but you do have to work with the controls as they are very sensitive. No simple volume with 3 tone controls here. Which is why I speculate that this amp doesn't seem popular yet. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 in Quality, is that it hasn't had the time to prove out its reliability, yet, and that will take some years.

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    5.0

    This is not your fathers Bass amp!

    By fingerplucker

    from Seattle WA

    I bought this amp because I was really curious about it. I plugged it into 2 Eden 4X10 XLT boxes at 2 ohms total load, (500 wattts). Besides it being a real powerhouse, the features: Parametric EQ, Pre-sets, Amp Modeling, etc. are incredible for the money. "READ THE MANUAL". Incredible sound and value. You have to see and hear it to believe it.

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    5.0

    Amazing!

    By Matt-3seiu

    from Russellville, AR

    This amp is the best amp I have ever heard! It is amazing what all you can do with it. You can seperate two different speakers to play at different frequency levels, you can compress your bass, the EQ is amazing, the effects are to die for! I think that Yamaha really has something here! I think in the future they will start to put out a little more powerfull stuff, and I will purchase it! I play a Music Man Bongo Bass and was looking for an amp that could handle, and truly reproduce my sound. I have found that amp! Yamaha has come such a long way! Great Buy.... ONLY 11LBS! WOW...

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