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Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp

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Part of Peavey's IPR Series, the IPR 1600 Power Amp uses an advanced design that allowed Peavey engineers to dramatically reduce weight while increas...Click To Read More About This Product

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2-channel power amp delivers 530W at 4 Ohms, 800W at 2 Ohms per channel.

Part of Peavey's IPR Series, the IPR 1600 Power Amp uses an advanced design that allowed Peavey engineers to dramatically reduce weight while increasing output power, reliability, and thermal efficiency. The rackmount power amp has a resonant switch-mode power supply and a highhigh-speed class D topology that yields the supremely high audio resolution and productivity.

The Peavey IPR 1600 features two channels with independent, 100Hz crossovers and produces 530W per channel at 4 Ohms, or 800W per channel at 2 Ohms. Peavey's exclusive DDT speaker protection with multi-point clip sampling leads a protection-circuitry suite that also includes DC, Temp, Signal, and Active safeguards, all referenced on the front panel with LED indicators. It also features a variable-speed fan housed in a lightweight aluminum chassis.

FEATURES
Class D topology
Two independent channels with 100Hz crossovers
Combi 1/4" & XLR inputs
Neutrik Speakon combo 1/4" outputs
DDT speaker protection with multi-point clip sampling
DC, Temp, Signal, and Active safeguards
LED indicators
Lightweight aluminum chassis
Variable-speed fan

Power up your speakers with this affordable Peavey amp. Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS
530W RMS x 2 at 4 Ohms
800W RMS x 2 at 2 Ohms
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PeaveyIPR 1600 Power Amp
 
3.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

40%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Still Remains to be Seen

One day I'll push some subs with it just to see what it will do, and I have not ran the amp at 2 ohms. Since I got the amp back from Peavey no...Read complete review

One day I'll push some subs with it just to see what it will do, and I have not ran the amp at 2 ohms. Since I got the amp back from Peavey no complaints at all. I'm still just a little scared given the initial problem and one shutdown under very light use during a soundcheck. The great thing is, you can try this amp and because of the weight would not be too expensive to return. Should it continue to perform well, I may very well add its big brother this year to my PA family.
I like old-school simple, and this amp is very easy to set up and use. The only thing that kept me from giving it a "9" was I would like to see more "hi" and "low" outputs for adding other amps like the Peavey PV series. I know keeping the cost down was a priority on this amp, but the only way you can use the internal crossover is to use one side for high and the other low. With the Peavey you can use both for one or the other, and send the other signal to another amp. I have the same gripe with my QSC GX7.
I also don't care for the "Peavey" light that stays on even if the amp is "off." I actually started a gig with the amp off thinking it was on. When you do turn it on the "Peavey" light gets brighter and more lights come on, but it still can be misleading to an old dude like me. The light is on - the amp is on! Well, no.
I've read where there were some problems with the first units to go out. I think I got one of those. The second gig while running one 2x12 hi/low cab on each side at very moderate volumes it died. Would power up, but nothing. I sent it directly to Peavey and got it back very quickly (props to Peavey there). There was a note "repaired to current specs" or something like that. Used it over several gigs with no problems. Totally hangs with the QSC GX7 running two subs. However, it did shutdown during soundcheck at the last gig. It immediately powered back up and no problems during the rest of soundcheck or the show that night.
If this amp continues to perform without issue, the value is very good. I have not used it on subs, but no complaints other than mentioned above. And the weight - OMG. This amp and my GX7 weigh much less than the Peavey PV2600 alone. I can pick up the rack easily with one hand. They are not as deep, either, so much more room inside the rack.
Reliability is still in the back of my mind given the above, but I always have a backup ready.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Total Junk

I installed four of these amps into a bowling establishment. The reliability has been so bad that all four were returned to Peavey for a full refund.

These things are pure,...Read complete review

I installed four of these amps into a bowling establishment. The reliability has been so bad that all four were returned to Peavey for a full refund.

These things are pure, unadulterated junk. They clip, the burn up, they shut down and things constantly go wrong with them.

In 25 years of doing sound installations I ahve never come across a bigger piece of junk. ALl four of the units I installed failed repeatedly and they failed again multiple times after they were repaired by Peavey.

Junk.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IPR 1600 Rocks

By musicman330

from Md.

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I have 3 of these amps running my monitors and sidefills. They Rock! Used them inside/outside, large stages and small. All my clients are happy with the results.My rack has 3 amps 3 eq's and a Furman. With the case it weighs just under 50LBS!!Im not sure who you others work for but bashing these amps is wrong they keep me working 75 shows or more a year

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Total Junk

By Big Bad Tommy V

from Memphis, TN

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Pros

  • Horrible Reliability

Cons

  • Horrible Reliability

Best Uses

  • Dumpster Basketball

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I installed four of these amps into a bowling establishment. The reliability has been so bad that all four were returned to Peavey for a full refund.

These things are pure, unadulterated junk. They clip, the burn up, they shut down and things constantly go wrong with them.

In 25 years of doing sound installations I ahve never come across a bigger piece of junk. ALl four of the units I installed failed repeatedly and they failed again multiple times after they were repaired by Peavey.

Junk.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Still Remains to be Seen

By Jokerville

from Austin, TX

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

One day I'll push some subs with it just to see what it will do, and I have not ran the amp at 2 ohms. Since I got the amp back from Peavey no complaints at all. I'm still just a little scared given the initial problem and one shutdown under very light use during a soundcheck. The great thing is, you can try this amp and because of the weight would not be too expensive to return. Should it continue to perform well, I may very well add its big brother this year to my PA family.
I like old-school simple, and this amp is very easy to set up and use. The only thing that kept me from giving it a "9" was I would like to see more "hi" and "low" outputs for adding other amps like the Peavey PV series. I know keeping the cost down was a priority on this amp, but the only way you can use the internal crossover is to use one side for high and the other low. With the Peavey you can use both for one or the other, and send the other signal to another amp. I have the same gripe with my QSC GX7.
I also don't care for the "Peavey" light that stays on even if the amp is "off." I actually started a gig with the amp off thinking it was on. When you do turn it on the "Peavey" light gets brighter and more lights come on, but it still can be misleading to an old dude like me. The light is on - the amp is on! Well, no.
I've read where there were some problems with the first units to go out. I think I got one of those. The second gig while running one 2x12 hi/low cab on each side at very moderate volumes it died. Would power up, but nothing. I sent it directly to Peavey and got it back very quickly (props to Peavey there). There was a note "repaired to current specs" or something like that. Used it over several gigs with no problems. Totally hangs with the QSC GX7 running two subs. However, it did shutdown during soundcheck at the last gig. It immediately powered back up and no problems during the rest of soundcheck or the show that night.
If this amp continues to perform without issue, the value is very good. I have not used it on subs, but no complaints other than mentioned above. And the weight - OMG. This amp and my GX7 weigh much less than the Peavey PV2600 alone. I can pick up the rack easily with one hand. They are not as deep, either, so much more room inside the rack.
Reliability is still in the back of my mind given the above, but I always have a backup ready.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome light poweramp

By Hend

from Wisconsin

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

After using this poweramp for nearly a year for our PA system, I'm extremely happy with the purchase. Easy to setup and use, just plugin and go. Volume control is delegated to some simple knobs on the front. The built-in crossover is pretty handy.Be careful with the paint though. When carrying this, I made the mistake of leaving some object on top of it which left numerous scratch marks. No performance hit, it still works wonders, but doesn't look as 'pretty' as it once did.Also can be a slight annoyance that the light remains on but simply dimmed when the unit is off.Overall for the price, having such a light unit that provides sufficient power for two PV215s through one channel and a PV118 through the second is fantastic. Whenever I need more power, I'll look to the IPR series.

(3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointing

By Luna Pearl

from Palm Bay,FL

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I was a Peavey fan for many years....That all changed after purchasing this amp.....It let us down during a live show by clipping and taking 5 minutes to reset itself....I am not a fan anymore and i suggest you all buy other brands...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy

By DJmoto

from Chicago

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

Fantastic amp - Even at twice the price - started using this for my mid/high boxes but tried it on my subs for kicks...now I'm ordering two more.Great Amp

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

IPR1600, YEAH!!!!

By My IPR rocks!

from Montreal

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I know this took a long time to come, but absence makes the heart grow fonder and I'm very pleased with my purchase. Not only is it lightweight but it sounds great to boot!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

2 WORDS - STEER CLEAR

By bluecollar

from central il

About Me Experienced

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

These amps have 0 reliability
I own three of them and the main relays have gone out of two of them while gigging. save your money and buy the tried and true peavey cs series

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Buyers Beware

By Big Bad Tommy V

from Memphis, TN

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Fragile
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Don't Use Them

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I installed 4 of these units, two 1600 standard units, and 2 of the 3200 DSP, into a bowling establishment. The use of them is moderate and they don't get pushed at all.

In one year's time all four have needed repaired at least once, a couple of them have failed multiple times. The power supplies are fragile, unlike the QSC lightweight units, and these will fail any time the amps are pushed.

The 5 led design is very poor in that all five are installed in a row, so when one blows out, not only do all five blow out, but so does the entire unit.

Flat out, these units are pure junk and an insult to the long history of dependable, durable equipment Peavey has been known for, for many decades now.

If you depend on your power amps, by every measure, stay away from this garbage, and believe me, these are pure garbage. Check with your local repair shop and I guarantee you they will relay stories of how unreliable these things are.

I am a professional audio engineer, a former BMI licensing executive and a published author with a Hal Leonard book you can buy right here on MF... Make Money With Your Studio.

These amplifiers have hurt my own credibility as I installed them for a very good friend who is a Hall Of Fame Professional Bowler.

Peavey should be ashamed of themselves for putting this junk into the market.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worked for about 2 minutes!!

By Ozman

from Decatur, IL.

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I bought the IPR 1600 from my local music store, hooked it up to my PA system, Channel A clipped almost immediatly, channel B lasted about 2 minutes! After some research i found that the first shipment of these amps have about a 20% defect probability! Now im just waiting for the next round of amps to come out!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good New Tech

By The real db Matrix

from Cypress, CA

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I had a 2 way rack with a Matica 500 for mid hi and a QSC MT 1000 for the low's> I was so tired of lugging around that beast but it made great sound. I purchased two of these and hooked them up with a LF on ch A and a HF on ch B one amp for left and one for right. I have used Peavy amps in the past ( CS 800 ) and they have been brick S**t houses. My first time with a DDT product. The sound was amazing maybe even a bit more punch on the low than my old system and the HF crisp and clean. After figuring out the DDT lighting I was able to dial these up to a very high level and them let them run blinking away for an hour or so. Heat? Not at all compared to the old system. The switchers really do provide a lot of head room and the D class is very cool running. I hope I don't have any of the problems I read about others having but these amps really do preform and I love moving my rack now. TNX

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

For the money, can't beat it!

By TC-onpqT

from CA

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

They may not stand up to constant demand in a live sound environment (although they do perform pretty well there too when used within its limit) but, I use it to power a set of NS10M and the ultra wide frequency that this amp utilizes is great! With so much headroom both power wise and frequency wise, my NS10M's sound smoother than normal, the bass is a bit more punchy than normal and 320 watts per channel @ 8 ohms is more than 150 watts more then I need per channel which means the amp gets babied. Class D circuitry means that the amp stays very very very cool, even in a racked studio environment (always cool to the touch). Did I mention just a little more then 7 lbs???Only about 1/3 gain for use with the NS10M's and they give me everything I need! No complaints, for the money you won't find much else that can compete! You will find better for live sound but, not in this price range... Not even Behringer...

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A true lightweight

By Brad Orcutt

from Nashville

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

Lightweight, is true. I A/B this amp against a crown 602, and a Peavey xr8600 going strait into the amps on the xr8600. Well, it was obvious that the Crown, and the xr8600 amps sounded a 100 times better. I played a boss dr880 through them, and the bass and drums really shows the massive difference. The ipr 1600 sounds like a cheap radio. The music store let me try it out. Well, I won't be buying one!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

careful with buying this unit

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

i have this unit really poor performance it shuts down when pushed into clipping ,its going back for a refund, ill get me maybe a crown or qsc, cant go wrong there!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp

By NuclearCade

from Gretna, Ne

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I love how light it is. I can put it in a Gator 4 space tote bag and leave it plenty of room to breathe. That can also be a downside. Make sure your set up guys know it is a power amp and dont' toss it around.It pushes plenty of power for what I need (powering the monitors). My main power amp is a Yamaha. The Yamaha weights about 40 lbs. This weighs about 10 with bag.Only downsides I've seen. One, the fan is a bit loud (I wouldn't call it whisper quiet.) Two, I seem to be getting some line noise from the thing. (I'm sure it's just me and I'll trace it down but my Yamaha doesn't do it.)Also, the logo stays lit even when the amp is turned off. If you are not a fan of blue lights, this may annoy you.But so far, so good.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Little Amp

By Wailin'Willie

from San Antonio,TX

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

I was skeptical at first, so before its first gig, I ran it hard through the paces and couldn't make it quit. I bought a second one which was easy because of the price. During the past six weeks, both have been great amplifiers with sound so good you can't help but notice. One drives a pair of JRX series subs and one JRX215. The other drives two monitors and a second JRX215. It is amazing how light weight the entire rack is now. I've noted that good reviews only get posted once, but the really bad reviews seem to show up in multiple locations and forums with similar names, dates and situations. It makes one wonder if there is an agenda.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy

By String bender

from Midland MI

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Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

Great - amp keeps up with my $800.00 power amps at a fraction of the cost....Couldn't be happier

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Just didn't work.........

By KARTUNE

from Pa

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

First night it worked fine. Second night, with the identical mixer settings, it went into the yellow and cut out. Never made it past sound check. Third night worked fine. Fourth night OK but heard a few drop outs through the night. The last night it was fine for sound check. First song one side went out. It wasn't long until the other side followed. I either got a defective amp or this technology is flawed. I guess I'll try the new Crown amps coming out.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Bass Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

Read about this amp on the forums. I use an old Peavey Pro Bass 1000 preamp driving a Mesa Boogie 215 & Tech Bassline 212. Until recently I used a CS200X bridged for the 212 and a CS400 bridged for the 215. Both are now retired as I blissfully use one super light weight IPR1600 to do the job of both CS amps. The sound is tight and clean. I tried the IPR for our main PA cabinets and was surprised at how clean it sounded there. As soon as the larger model comes out, I'm retiring our Macrotechs. IPR1600 is a great amp. No problems with it during the 5 weeks I've had it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow

By Vince

from Chicago area

Comments about Peavey IPR 1600 Power Amp:

Without a doubt the best power amp you can buy for even double The price. I've replaced two of my old RMX power amps with these and i am blown away, great amp, can't wait for the higher power levels.

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