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Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head

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Product Price $307.95
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Offering cutting-edge technology in a compact package that weighs less than 6lb., the MiniMax delivers 500 Watts of powerful, rich low end. With DDT ...Click To Read More About This Product

Available 06-28-2018

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A 500W powerhouse in a size you can toss in a backpack.

Offering cutting-edge technology in a compact package that weighs less than 6lb., the MiniMax delivers 500 Watts of powerful, rich low end. With DDT speaker protection and Peaveys exclusive psychoacoustic low end enhancement that adds bass without overburdening speakers, the MiniMAX contains an impressive set of features and is available at a price accessible to todays working bassist.

The MiniMAX is capable of a huge array of tones and is adaptable to any live or studio setting. A 3-band EQ with Punch, Mid-shift and Bright controls provides a multitude of tone-shaping options, while the built-in chromatic tuner allows for easy tuning on the fly. In addition, the MiniMAX pre-gain control with TransTube gain boost adds a tube-like crunch to the sound.

Featuring the rock-solid construction for which Peavey is known, the MiniMAX is built to withstand years of rigorous touring use. The convenient back panel of the amplifier has all the connectivity necessary to patch in effects or connect to a sound reinforcement system. Pair the MiniMAX with Peaveys Headliner or PVH series of bass enclosures to complete a reliable, ultra-lightweight professional bass system.

FEATURES
Power
Maximum wattage: 451W“500W; 500W
Tube or solid state: Solid state
Type: Head
Number of preamp tubes: Not applicable
Preamp tube type: Not applicable
Number of power tubes: Not applicable
Power tube type: Not applicable
Power attenuation: No Attenuation knob
Impedance: 4 ohms

Channels
Number of channels: 1
Footswitchable: Not Applicable
Number of inputs: 2
Number of modes: 1

Controls
Channel 1: Three-band EQ, plus gain and volume
Channel 2: Not applicable
Channel 3: Not applicable
Channel 4: Not applicable
Master volume: Yes
Mid-shift: Yes
Resonance: No
Presence: No
Bright: Yes
Contour: No
Reverb: No
Voicing control: No
Boost: No
Other:
MIDI control: No
Footswitch included: No

Effects
Effects loop: Yes
Footswitchable: No
Reverb: No
Tremolo: No
Delay: No
Echo: No
Flanger: No
Phaser: No
Modulation: No
Chorus: No
Other:

Misc. Features
External speaker output: Yes
Headphone output: Yes; 1/8"
Direct output: No
AUX input: Yes; 1/8"
USB connectivity: No
Built-in tuner: Yes

Dimensions
Width: 10.75"
Height: 3.25"
Depth: 6.62"
Weight: 5.6 lb.
Country of origin: Info not available

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PeaveyMiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good power output (11)
  • Portable (11)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!

By Weekend Warrior

from Little Rock, AR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

    I have been waiting for Peavey to come out with these mini heads for a while. It was worth the wait. They definitely listened to the bass playing community when they out this one together. Has all the features you could ask for, it sounds great, and has plenty of power. I have or have had many other brands of these light weight heads, and this one has become my favorite.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My new travel buddy!

    By Analog Hartlo

    from NOCO, Colorado

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

      I am always looking for ways to lighten my load at gigs. I am very happy with this 6 pound dynamo. Tuner is handy and the sound is awesome, but the head room this little amp has is what has convinced me to use it as my primary rig from now on. You can't beat what this amp delivers for the price!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      She's a thumper.

      By Bog chief poppem

      from Vorginia beach

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

        If you would like a easy to use, powerful amp this is it. For those who say it is weak, they are not using it right. If you are going to use a single cab make sure it is 4ohm. If you use a two cab set-up use two 8ohm in parallel. You will get plenty loud. The fan is kind of loud but for recording just go with direct out. All in all this is a nice amp with cool little features.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Little Amp!

        By Jim's Jam Room

        from San Antonio, TX

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

          This amp has plenty of power for whatever you need. It's so light I put 1" foam under it. To keep it from rattling and moving around.

           
          4.0

          I'll buy it. again all good features in this little tank.

          By Radarbass

          from San Juan city

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

            A little tank with real 500 watts Rms cut through A huge loud drumset a guitarist with 120 watts 212s I Minimax and a 410 cab no live PA the drummer told that the bass sounded big fat tone the public liked the bass features front panel gain with boost has a growl bass with boost button mid and treble also with boost buttons volume also with boost sounds huge eq 12 o'clock volume 4 also has headphones output aux for your music steel handles that protects in front impacts more features rear panel 2 speakon and 1/4 outputs like in expensive amps also DI output more features front chromatic tuner also a mute button not done register with Peavey 2 year warranty at this price also includes a carrybag Peavey Minimax a winner.

             
            5.0

            Great Value!!

            By KC

            from Russellville,AR

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

                I use this head with my Peavey Headliner 4x10, and have gotten several compliments on the sound. 500w is perfect for bar gigs, to small outdoor venues.

                 
                4.0

                Peavey Minimax a winner

                By Radarbass

                from San Juan city

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful
                • Solid amp many features very affordable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Live shows from small to outdoor
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

                  It's a little tank yes very loud competes with other light 500 watts amps of other brands front the gain boost gives it a growl sound bass boost huge treble boost also leave the eq buttons at12 o clock easy to use master volume boost is huge cut through a huge loud drumset a guitarist with 120 watts 212s I Minimax and 410 cab lotta people liked the bass sound output headphones front aux for your music also a chromatic tuner also is a mute button rear panel 2 speakon and 2 1/4 outputs beautiful like in expensive amps a DI output strong built 2 front metal handles that protect front in case it takes an. impact all this 2 year warranty at this price nobody oh it has gigbag another extra that's why Peavey has a winner.

                   
                  5.0

                  Great choice for upright

                  By CA

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Great price
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Solid construction
                  • Tuner

                  Cons

                  • Fan is a bit noisy in a living room setting.

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

                  I had been using a GK mb210 combo with additional GK neo 112 cab, and direct out to pa for larger gigs, but I never fell in love with the sound or volume of the mb210, and the limited power to the additional 112 cab was totally inadequate to power it's rated 300 watts at 8 ohm, but I really like its sound. The Peavey Minimax 500 is a great match for the neo 112. Superb volume, with limited feedback (which is always a issue with my Kay upright), and a clean sound with my David Gage pickup. I was not looking for tube or vintage sound with a upright. I do engage the bright switch, and bump the treble, mid, while reducing the bass, to enhance the upper register. Sounds great with the bow too. I play out 2-3 times per month. I play upright, guitar, mandolin, and often carry a Fender acoustic 100 amp as well. Light weight gear is critical. Loving this current setup!

                   
                  5.0

                  Good things in small packages

                  By mv

                  from Moore, OK

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

                      I've owned about 10 bass amps. Two with tube preamp and the rest solid state like this one. This is the best yet for features, power, sound, portability (weight and size), and value. Peavey no longer does 5 year manufacturer warranty, but still does 2 years which is decent. I believe you have to register it with Peavey in order to get the 2 year, otherwise just a 1 year. This product appears to be made very well, not too worried. The fan is a little noisy, but if you plan on playing at such low volumes that you can hear the fan then this may be too much amp (power) for you. I play this through an Acoustic BN112 or BN410C, both sound great. I like that this comes with it's own carrying bag. I fit the power cord at the bottom and speakon cable and instrument cable in the side pouches. Everything I need.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great amp!!!

                      By Johnny67

                      from Boston, MA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      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 Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

                        Very light (5 lbs.) and very powerful !!!! Simple design & built in tuner. Although it does tend to want to vibrate off my speaker cab!!! (I'll have to figure out a solution to that !!)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great and simple with every feature you need

                        By Glenn

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Portable
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • Fan is a trifle loud, but not horrible

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Peavey MiniMAX 500W Bass Amp Head:

                          I also have a Carvin BX500 which I like, but the Peavey in its front-panel simplicity lets me get a very natural tone. That little sucker is loud too. I like the tuner with its mute switch.

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