Acoustic B200H 200W Bass Head  

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The Acoustic B200H professional head is designed for large club and live applications where it will fill any stage with depth and definition. Used in conjunction with the B115 and/or B410 enclosures, ... Read More

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The Acoustic B200H professional head is designed for large club and live applications where it will fill any stage with depth and definition. Used in conjunction with the B115 and/or B410 enclosures, the B200H will easily drive either one or two cabinets in any combination of your choice.

The two bass inputs are designed to accommodate both active and passive bass instruments while the Gain and Volume controls give you complete control over the character of your tone. Increase the gain for some old school rock tones, or lower it and turn up the volume for great clean, classic or funk tones. The preamp includes a very natural and tube-like compression as well as a harmonically rich distortion circuit, which keeps your tone musical”even at high volume levels. The B200H also includes a notch filter to tailor your mids, and a six-band EQ for exact control over every nuance of your bass's tone.

Rear panel features include a parallel Effects Loop, and XLR balanced Line Out with Level Control and Ground Lift. The two speaker output jacks allow you to directly connect to each enclosure (such as the B115 and/or B410) to maximize your tone and power.

The heritage of Acoustic comes through loud and clear in the B200H”a seriously professional stage head for serious bassists.

Features
  • Extra goodies:
  • Ground Lift, Effect Loop
  • Options:
  • B115 1x15 Bass Cabinet
  • B410 4x10 Bass Cabinet
  • Power: 200 Watts @ 4 Ohms
  • Channels: 1
  • EQ: 6-Band EQ - sweepable
  • Frequency notch filter
  • Inputs: dual inputs (passive & active)
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4.3

(based on 18 reviews)

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Awesome

I bought this head a few months ago and paired it with the 410 and 115 that are both made for it. When it comes down to comparisons...it rocks! I've played a...Read complete review

I bought this head a few months ago and paired it with the 410 and 115 that are both made for it. When it comes down to comparisons...it rocks! I've played a Fender Bassman, assorted Peavey amps, a GK Backline 600, and an Solid State Ampeg who's model name is eluding me. Out of all of them I honestly think this is the best amp I've played. I play a 6 string through this sucker and the 6 band EQ and frequency notch filter give me the much desired full frequency control; there are no frequencies that just "disappear" when i get to a certain note. I personally kinda like solid states for bass; i like the fact that it will sound the exact same every time, although I more than likely will get a tube preamp for it eventually, just to warm the tone up (or, if acoustic ever released a hybrid big brother of this and the b600h, I would get that). Loudness, this amp definitely manages to hold its own. My guitarists have a Peavey XXX, and a Marshall JCM 900, respectively, and my drummer has the loudest cymbals on the face of the planet(he's not gentle with them either!), and its not uncommon that I'm the one that needs turning down; I don't think i ever get past 11 o'clock on the volume knob. I personally LOVE the tone and clarity that this amp provides. Every note is completely distinctive, and there is no buzz. The tone is rich and smooth, and i have plenty of hi end sparkle to make it cut through the mix. When it comes to downsides, I can really only think of 2 major ones and 1 that's just kind of a nuisance. First of all, it doesn't have a tuner output, which is a bit lame if i wanted to get a rack mount tuner for my rig. However, I am aware that the big brother of this amp, the b600h, has one. Odd I know. The next thing is that it isn't rack mountable. This means that to make a rack I'll either need to make it a carriage or keep it separate, neither which really appeal to me. The one nuisance is the fact that it doesn't have a mute switch on it. I play with active pickups, which means that when I'm not actually playing i unplug it so i don't go through batteries like no other, but I have to turn off the amp every time i do this instead of just muting it. Oh well, life goes on, 5 seconds of my life wasted. Enough ranting though, all in all this is a great amp. It's not over priced and undervalued. Made in china but designed in USA and that's the important part; you could teach a monkey to put the parts together, what matters is the brains behind it. I highly recommend to anyone looking to upgrade to a stack without burning their wallet or someone simply wanting to try something different. 5 stars.

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Great sound but not reliable

Bought the Acoustic B200H head and 1 B115 cabinet from Guitar Center.This Rig sounded Great! Was able to achieve awesome tone. However, After 6 months of playing twice a week at our church...Read complete review

Bought the Acoustic B200H head and 1 B115 cabinet from Guitar Center.This Rig sounded Great! Was able to achieve awesome tone. However, After 6 months of playing twice a week at our church the head fizzled out and died.Guitar Center was great and offered to replace it.I decided to upgrade to the 600 watt head and plugged in at the showroom to try it out.It was dead and would not power up on the showroom floor.Great sound, just not reliable. Ended up buying a Fender.

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5.0

best deal out there

By David Cabaniss

from carlsbad , calif.

after month or so of research. i decided on this amp head. it has clean sound, iam running it thru a 15 inch no name cab i got used at guitar center for 90 bucks. suprisingly the cabinet is solid. the eq and the notch frequency let me dial in a wide variety of tones. the high end is crisp and clean, the low end thundering. 3 year warranty included from acoustic. this thing is a power house for the money. you seriously cant beat it. built solid, fan cooled. so far so good.

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5.0

Huge Bang for the Buck

By JEFF TRIBBY

from Lakeland, Florida

I traded my 1970 Acoustic bass amp B150 head, model 360 preamp and model 106 speaker cab for a B200H amp and a B410 - both Acoustic. First, let me say I got a great trade-in allowance for the old gear. Second, the new items were on a special sale, which dropped what I paid out-of-pocket down to less than the regular price of the B200H head, and that included extended warranties! I give GC seven stars for this. Just yesterday, I went ahead and added an Acoustic B115 cab to round out the sound. I suppose I could have paid $4,000 for a marshall stack that may not sound any better and clearer than what i got, and I've heard Marshall bass stacks. THIS MATCHES THEM. I have a perfectly rounded and strong tone even at very low volume. In fact, with the stack sitting on the upstairs floor, I inadvertantly turned the whole house into a 2-story sound chamber as the sound transferred through the floors and walls. My wife thought it was thundering. In a way, she was right I'm very pleased with the sound and the quality of the new gear and with the deal I got from CG. This system easily handles the growl of my custom Jayxz 10-string bass as well as the other three basses I have, which, by the way, I bought at GC. I'm a happy camper on all counts. This amp also has an XLR output, grerat for recording and house use. The amp has more than enough power to fill both cabs. I slso like the button in the back of both of them to cut the horn on or off. I like 'em on, especially when I'm using my Boss ME-50B effects pedal. Look out, neighborhood!!

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5.0

finally, MUSIC!

By Christopher Williams

from Fort Campbell, Kentucky

I have been playing bass guitar for about...7 years now, I was a double bassist before for 6 years. That being said, I've played around with loads of rigs to try and find the sounds I want and that I KNOW my basses are really making. Another reviewer put it best: this amp doesn't give that "acoustic brand bass tone" it gives you the sound of YOUR BASS!!! I have played this head through 8-10, 4-10/1-15, and just a 1-15, because every time I went to guitarcenter I'd go straight for this rig and just use whatever was there. All of those combinations sounded amazing, it was clear, it was distinct. I play mainly with my Musicman Stingray5 HH on stage for just about every venue, but I also use my 1976 Gibson Ripper a lot when I have time to switch basses on more relaxed sets and it has also been a pain trying to find amps that can easily switch the powered-active sounds of my musicman to the older fat tones of my Ripper without spending ten minutes tweeking the EQ as my drummer gives me the death stare! With the acoustic b200h....I just unplug the musicman from the active slot and plug the ripper into the passive...Done! Also, the three biggest features I can't get enough of that makes this rig the rig of choice are top-notch and VERY crucial to working bassists: 1) lineout volume...seriously, your soundman will love you forever. I can set my stage volume to how I like so I can hear myself and it won't alter the level being sent to the soundboard so I never overload the audience if I want to crank my bass to hear over the drums, no problem! 2) 6-band EQ. All EQ's are not created equal. Most Eq covers 3 to 4 bands, and that's nice for a quick set where every song is pretty much the SAME sound (most jazz sets in formal gigs call for a straight-ahead, no frills bass tone), but when you play every style of music from rap, country, pop, funk, gospel, and rock...chances are you want a unique sound that fits everywhere. the 6 band eq really lets you accentuate the tones you want to hear so you never rumble too much and your highs don't get lost in the mix. It's like a full spectrum of sound with every note. 3) notch filter. This isn't something most people tend to use much, they set it once and never tweek again. But the truth of it is that a notch filter really changes every feel of every note you play because it gives you an amazing scooping over your mids. It can give you a tight punch or a mellow roll and every funky lick in between. I crank it for slap, personally! overall, this amp head really hits it for a working bassist or a bassist in the studio that wants to get that PERFECT sound for the track that will have fans scratching their heads trying to copy! The B200H sets a bassist apart from other bassists. It puts our sound in the front if we want it, and it's OUR sound. Even with the same settings and cabinet combos, even the same bass, strings and all...it will sound different from the next guy because it plays the sounds YOU are playing, it catches every nuance! Do yourself (and your sound guy!) a favor, buy this head and you'll never have to look back! Did I mention it weighs next to nothing given its size?!

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4.0

The Quality you need on a working man's budget

By Matt Jays

from Kenner, Louisiana

I bought this amp head from my local guitar center with christmas gift cards, i had the 1x15 and 4x10 cabinets, but my Ampeg Portaflex 350 head stopped working. Not even 10 minutes ago i got done jamming on this amp through the 4x10 with a cheap ( but very good) Squier P-Bass. And I will be completely honest, it doesn't have the same tone quality as ampegs, and not the lightweight sportiness of Gallien Kruger, but for the money you pay, this thing delivers. at 200 watts, i thought it might be a little quiet, with the gain and volume up halfway, i saw paint flaking off the walls, this thing oozes power. And its not just raw power, because even though its not quite as nice sounding as the Ampegs, ( keep in mind I played with a cheap beginner bass), I promise after playing around with the 6 EQ knobs, you'll find your tone. It looks nice for an amp head, especially with a matching cabinet but thats just miscellaneous , i haven't had the misfortune to drop this thing yet but I will eventually and when I do I'm sure it will keep kicking. If your a bassist on a budget, this amp head will take you onto the stage just fine.

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4.0

No competitor at this price point.

By Anil Bilgic

from New York, NY

The floor model died after a week but the replacement (new) is doing fine so far ~6 months. Nice transparent sound. You will like this one if you are the type who just wants to plug and play and not fiddle around with the knobs. No features like compressor but it has a balanced out (nice). I play in a band with two guitar players, both play 100W tube amps through 4x10 cabs turned up as high as possible. Solid consturction. BUT recently dropped and lost the washer for one of the cab outs. Don't know how to get a replacement.. The only design flaw I can warn you is: VENTS ARE ON TOP, which means you will have to find somewhere else to put your beverage on. The blue light is kinda cheesy, too. Overall: Sounds as an amp should (no color, just your bass) and enough power. No competitor at this price point.

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1.0

No low end - even to a 1x15!

By Bill

from New York

Had to return it, substandard electronics, no way this is a full 200. Save your money, buy something better.

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5.0

Great Amp

By JR

from Plymouth, NH

First, let me correct some stats listed by a previous reviewer: "PL" stated that the B200h is rated at 200w @ 2 ohms. This is incorrect. The actual rating is 200w @ 4 ohms (approx. 140w @ 8 ohms). "PL" also mentions his Ampeg 410 HF cabinet (100w @ 4 ohms)- Ampeg doesn't make a cab by that name or with those specs. Ampeg makes a B410 HE (200w @ 8 ohms), a B410 HLF (400w @ 4 ohms), a Pro NEO 410 HLF (850w @ 8 ohms) and the Heritage/ Classic SVT 410 HLF cabs (500w @ 4 ohms). Mark Bass makes a 4x10 cab called 104HF rated at 800w in either 4 ohm or 8 ohm impedence. Not sure which of these amps "PL" really owns but, pushing any of them other than the 410 HE (or possibly the B410HLF) with the B200h amp at full volume would surely overtax the amp. User error, not the amp's fault. The only bad ratings I've seen for this amp are when the owners have paired it innaproprietly with amps of too low an impedence/too high of a power rating. I personally own the Acoustic B200h amp (since June '10) and run it through an Ampeg B410HE cab. Sounds awesome. Great features. No problems. I highly recomend it. My foot pedal tuner mutes the signal down stream for tuning or switching instruments, so the amp not having a mute switch is not an issue for me.

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5.0

AWESOME! but...

By Arias

from Nine Mile Falls, WA

No headphone jack... so don't try plugging head phones into the outputs into the back of the head... there went $150 headphones...

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a real amp

By Tim Otey

from Roanoke, Va.

This is the amp I have been looking for. I have owned most of the other brands in my 35+ years as a working musician. Ampeg, Fender, SWR, ect. Those amps are designed to sound the way the amp company thinks a bass amp should sound. They also only sound "good" with the cabinet(s) they were designed for. This is different, it has been designed to be a workhorse universal amp. It is reliable, light, and sounds great. It can be as clean as an SWR or you can crank up the preamp and it reminds me of my 79 SVT. The EQ points are right where they should be and the notch control can dial in a room in a second. I have used this with (2) 4-10 cabs for large shows, a single 4-10, a 2-10, even a 1-12 for dinner clubs. If you are looking for an amp to produce "your" sound and not the manufactures sound, buy it. If you still can't get the sound you are looking for, it's time for a different bass.

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3.0

Great sound but not reliable

By John

from Hendersonville, N.C.

Bought the Acoustic B200H head and 1 B115 cabinet from Guitar Center.This Rig sounded Great! Was able to achieve awesome tone. However, After 6 months of playing twice a week at our church the head fizzled out and died.Guitar Center was great and offered to replace it.I decided to upgrade to the 600 watt head and plugged in at the showroom to try it out.It was dead and would not power up on the showroom floor.Great sound, just not reliable. Ended up buying a Fender.

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