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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier  

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Overview
  • Power levels matched to the most popular speakers used by entertainers
  • Optimized for maximum real-world headroom into 4Ω and 8Ω speaker systems
  • Inputs: XLR, 1/4" TRS and phono input connectors for compatibility with any source
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    $499.00
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      Maximum performance and portability with very flexible I/O.

      The QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier is ideal for professional entertainers who require maximum performance and portability on a limited budget. QSC designers, headed by Pat Quilter, have optimized output and appearance of the rackmountable GX5 while reducing raw material cost and weight. The GX5 power amplifier provides full performance for 500 watt (Program) speakers and supplies maximum possible power to 4 ohm and 8 ohm loads. Owners of popular 4 ohm loudspeakers (dual-woofer, two-way models and many subwoofers) will find the 700 watt (4 ohm) power of the GX5 an ideal match.

      The GX5 power amp uses a Class H system, based on key elements of the PLX Series, almost doubling power in the same size and weight. QSC design expertise allows the output devices to shift from low-power to high-power rails in less than a millionth of a second, ensuring that the output power is always right where it needs to be without excess loss.

      Features
      • Power levels matched to the most popular speakers used by entertainers
      • Optimized for maximum real-world headroom into 4Ω and 8Ω speaker systems
      • Inputs: XLR, 1/4" TRS and phono input connectors for compatibility with any source
      • Outputs: Speakon® combo accepts, 1/4" (TS) plugs or Speakon 2-pole and 4-pole plugs (connects 2 poles only). Binding posts support all other speaker wiring systems.
      • Minimum depth chassis (10.1"/257 mm) fits in compact, inexpensive effects racks
      • Lightweight — less than 26 lbs (12.5 kg)
      • Detented gain controls for precise setting and matching of sensitivity
      • GuardRail™ automatically protects the amplifier and loudspeakers from damage due to temperature rise or overdrive without shutting down the show
      • Front panel LEDs monitor Power, Signal and Clipping
      • Subwoofer/Satellite crossover built-in

      Order today and enjoy legendary QSC quality and reliability.

       

      GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier Specifications:

      • Power rating:
      • 8Ω / both channels driven / 1 kHz: 500 W
      • 8Ω / single channel driven / 1 kHz; 600 W
      • 4Ω / both channels driven / 1 kHz; 700 W
      • 4Ω / single channel driven / 1 kHz; 850 W
      • 2Ω / both channels driven / 1 kHz: 350 W
      • Distortion (typical): 20 Hz - 20 kHz: 1 dB below rated power 8Ω: less than 0.05% / 4Ω: less than 0.1%
      • Signal to Noise: (20 Hz - 20 kHz) 100 dB
      • Input Sensitivity: 1.2 Vrms
      • Voltage Gain (8Ω): 34.4 dB
      • Output Circuitry: 2-tier Class H
      • Power Requirements (1/8 power, pink noise at 4Ω, 120 V):6A
      • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +0, 1 dB
      • Dynamic Headroom (4Ω): 2 dB
      • Damping Factor: 100
      • Input Impedance (Ω): Greater than 20k (balanced)
      • Maximum Input Level: +24 dB (16 Vrms)
      • Input Connectors (each channel): 3-pin XLR and 1/4" TRS, balanced, parallel Phono, unbalanced
      • Output Connectors (each channel) Speakon®, 1/4", Binding Posts
      • Amplifier and Load Protection: Short circuit, open circuit, thermal, RF protection
      • Load protected against DC faults
      • Front Panel Controls and Indicators: Gain controls, 21 detents
      • Red Clip LEDs, proportional, 0.1% THD threshold
      • Green Signal LEDs, threshold -35 dB
      • Blue Power LED, AC on
      • Rear Panel Controls: Full Range / Crossover switch
      • 100 Hz, 3rd order LP (sub), 2nd order HP (top)
      • Dimensions (HWD): 3.5" (2RU) x 19" x 10.1" (89 mm x 483 mm x 257 mm)
      • Weight Shipping / Net: 31 (14 kg) / 26 lbs (12 kg)
      • Agency Approvals: UL, CE, RoHS/WEEE compliant
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      QSCGX5 Stereo Power Amplifier
       
      4.6

      (based on 27 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (22)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

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        (2)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Easy to use (6)
      • Excellent sound (6)
      • Good power output (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor events / games (3)
        • Performances (3)
        • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Nice Power Amp

        I just got this amp to replace a crummy Nady one that went bad. It has been excellent so far powering a pair of 15 inch mains and a pair of 12 inch monitors....Read complete review

        I just got this amp to replace a crummy Nady one that went bad. It has been excellent so far powering a pair of 15 inch mains and a pair of 12 inch monitors. There are alot of hookup options and plenty of power. I previously bought a Peavey IP3000 and it was a piece of junk. I returned it for the QSC and am really satisfied now. The QSC GX5 is a good choice for a small to mid-sixe PA setup.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Great Amp!

        Love this amp! I run it less than half way up and its PLENTY loud for the DJ gigs I do... Only thing I don't like is the cooling fans are a little...Read complete review

        Love this amp! I run it less than half way up and its PLENTY loud for the DJ gigs I do... Only thing I don't like is the cooling fans are a little loud (not that thats an issue when the musics on though)

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        5.0

        Quality Amplifier

        By djmaye

        from Crivitz, WI

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ

          Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

          Works perfectly for fully powering my 18" Peavey Black widow sub. Low-pass and high-pass filters built in work as expected and make external, expensive, and bulky crossovers completely unnecessary.

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          5.0

          Liked it so much, bought a second one

          By JLNorthGA

          from Western NC

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances

            Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

            I have one GX5 for my main speakers and now I have one GX5 for my fill speakers and a GX7a for my subwoofers.

            Good, clean sound, plenty of headroom - just the thing for our venue (250 seat auditorium).

            Once you hear it and the sound it produces - you will be sold.

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            5.0

            Clean Power @ Great Price

            By BC1225

            from Orlando, Florida

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Great Monitor Amp

              Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

              I needed to replace a (50-pound) Yamaha Power Amp that my band had been using for the past 20+ years. I needed power, light weight at a reasonable price.
              The GX5 was the answer! The 500/channel matched up perfectly to the JBL Eons that we use as monitors. The weight is 50% of what the old Yamaha was, which is appreciated when loading up.
              We play rock & roll so I haven't heard any fan noise.

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              (0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Does NOT Play Nice With Powered Speakers

              By Goofy's Review

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Mobile DJ

              Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

              Attempted "more power" by adding this amp to a set of powered speakers. What I got was a lot of distortion. They work good on their own and should...give you the power you need for most applications. If you want an amp with "guts" you better look elsewhere or be disappointed. For my "geezer" parties it works fine but for a younger crowd....not so much....

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Power Amp

              By Big Daddy

              from NY

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Very Clean Power

              Cons

              • Fan Is A Bit Loud
              • Fan Is Bit Loud
              • Fan Is Loud

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Live Sound Re- Enforcment
              • Performances

              Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

              GX5 is Powerful and Clean !
              I use one channel to power my JBL 15's Mains
              and the other channel to power 2-12" floor monitors.
              power/Vol knobs has never been past the 1-2 o'clock position.
              going to buy one more for a pair of sub-woofers
              and get rid of the powered ones.

              CON's not that this is a deal breaker
              The Fan it a bit loud but once music is going you don't hear it at all.
              and these unit are a bit heavy! but its the price you have to pay for a true power rating not like these whimpy D Class Power amps that weigh nothing and say thier 1000 watts but sound like they are really 200 watts

              price is reasonable too!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              QSC has a winner!

              By JLNorthGA

              from Western NC

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

                We have a pair of QSC RMX 850 amplifiers. When our Carvin amplifier started to go, we knew we had to replace it. We looked at the QSC RMX 850s and saw that the GX5 was the same price.

                Wow! What a difference. The GX5 is so much better and cleaner sounding than our old Carvin. It is also more powerful than the RMX 850 amps.

                This is a main amplifier for our house auditorium sound. It has performed quite well. I like it so much that the RMX 850's will be replaced with a GX5 and a GX7 when we can afford the spare cash.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice.

                By none

                from Musicians Friend.

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

                  easy to use and sounds great

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice Power Amp

                  By Geoff Wintrup

                  from california

                  Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

                  I just got this amp to replace a crummy Nady one that went bad. It has been excellent so far powering a pair of 15 inch mains and a pair of 12 inch monitors. There are alot of hookup options and plenty of power. I previously bought a Peavey IP3000 and it was a piece of junk. I returned it for the QSC and am really satisfied now. The QSC GX5 is a good choice for a small to mid-sixe PA setup.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Amp!

                  By Jfferrett1

                  from toby pa

                  Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

                  For my small PA these are more than adequate. Runnig OAP tops with B&C loaded subs which are all 100db + in sensitivity. The amp never gets hot. I use the CX series in my large scale PA but the GX (although an entry level amp) is very nice. Sound is clean and clear and the GX 5 gets loud enough for most applications. I have 8 in my small system. Manual could be better for those who do not know how to use the basic features of an amp, but it really does not get easier than these basic amps. There are poor reviews from some once in a blue moon, but I believe these people do not have the tech skills to set gain structure at the mixer or amp. Use quality gear in the whole chain and NO ADAPTERS and you will not be disappointed.
                  Easy to use and nice x-over feature for an amp of this price from a very reputable mfg. Only wish x-over was adjustable.
                  Made like other QSC products...reliable.

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                  (1 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Good Amp but noisy fan.

                  By Dome Ratanawong

                  from Covina, Ca.

                  Comments about QSC GX5 Stereo Power Amplifier:

                  Good amp but it's vent's fan is so noisy. It's manual should be better written in concise English. I don't know why all electronic industry so cheap not to provided a DVD how to properly Installation.I am willing to pay a hidden charge or charges for it. I went to three or four techs for advise how to install all these amp, Mixer ,two passive speaker and pow er sub. All of them included SQC manufactory expert gave contrary accounts and none work. At the mixer I have to hooked up to the PHONE in order to get the power sub to work but the sound came out extremely terrible no matter how you adjusted these 12 channels mixer.

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