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The Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head cranks out 450W of solid state thunder at 4 ohms, 250W at 8 ohms. 3-band rotary and 9-band graphic equalizers let you hone in on the perfect sound for your style. 1/4" an... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head cranks out 450W of solid state thunder at 4 ohms, 250W at 8 ohms. 3-band rotary and 9-band graphic equalizers let you hone in on the perfect sound for your style. 1/4" and Neutrik Speakon speaker outputs, XLR balanced line out, preamp out/power amp in jacks, and effects loop. And don't forget that killer Ampeg tone!

Features
  • 450W @ 4 ohms, 250W @ 8 ohms
  • 3-band rotary EQ
  • 9-band graphic EQ
  • -15dB input pad
  • Neutrik Speakon and 1/4" speaker outs
  • Preamp out/power amp in
  • XLR balanced line out
Specifications
  • 19"D x 3-1/2"H x 15"D
  • 26 lbs.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
On May 1st, 2009, the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg websites will be updated with the addition of warranty URLs (e.g. www.mackie.com/warranty) expressing new A Stock warranty terms. These warranty URLs will go live on May 1st, 2009. Formerly, warranty periods for these LOUD brands appeared in a variety of locations – in product manuals (for Mackie and TAPCO) and on warranty cards and hang tags (for Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg). In order to streamline and clarify this process, Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg warranty periods and terms will be communicated in full on the warranty pages. Any LOUD products purchased prior to May 1st will bear with them the manufacturer’s warranty as predates the new policy. Moving through this transition, in order for customers to obtain warranty service, both the sales receipt and a physical copy of the (older) warranty statement will be required by our Service and Support departments in order to issue Service Requests, etc. If the product was purchased on or after May 1st, 2009, but a physical copy of the older warranty terms is not presented, the new warranty terms and periods will apply. Meanwhile, the products that bear with them the new warranty periods (as reflected in the box contents of each product) are being tracked by serial #, and contain new warranty content referring customers to the appropriate brand website. The information below reflects the product warranty periods that will be effective on May 1st, 2009 for the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg brands: Mackie: A 3-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on drivers (where applicable) apply to loudspeakers (active and passive), power amps, powered mixers, and HR studio monitors. Specific models under this warranty include all SRM, HD, SA, C and S Series Speakers, all FRS Amplifiers, all HRmk2 Studio Monitors. A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all mixers, MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Processors (digital), MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Audio/MIDI Interfaces, other SR & Recording Products. Specific product models under this warranty include all Onyx Compact, 4-bus and 8-bus, all VLZ3, all PPM, all ProFX, all CFXmk2 Mixers, all MR Studio Monitors, Big Knob, Onyx 800R, all MCU Pro family. Tapco: A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all products and all models. Crate: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on all tubes Blackheart: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on tubes. Ampeg: A 5-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all SVT Classic and Pro Series, MI amps and cabinets. A 2-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all B Series, all Diamond Blue, and all BA combo amps. 90-day warranty on tubes.


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AmpegB2RE Rack Bass Head
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ampeg by Name Only

I liked the Ampeg B2RE when I first got it, but it is definitely one of those pieces of equipment that you buy on the way to creating you perfect cabinet. For what you...Read complete review

I liked the Ampeg B2RE when I first got it, but it is definitely one of those pieces of equipment that you buy on the way to creating you perfect cabinet. For what you pay, you get one hell of a lot of power and features up the butt...but I eventually tired of having the lamest Ampeg head out there. The graphic equalizer isn't really solid: most of the sliders move with little effect on the sound. Also, when I got mine, I had to take it in right before a big show because the people of Ampeg (who are normally super-great) forgot to hook my fan-belt up. Other than those things, however, this is a great beginning head.

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Decent

I got the B2RE when it was first released as a 450 watt model. The B2R was only 350 watts and that would not be enough, in my opinion. The B2RE has just...Read complete review

I got the B2RE when it was first released as a 450 watt model. The B2R was only 350 watts and that would not be enough, in my opinion. The B2RE has just enough power to contend with a loud acoustic drumset. There are a lot of input and output features; the only feature I would have wanted would be a tuner output. My only complaint is that this amp started having problems by shorting out and losing signal output while playing. I tried to have it serviced but the repair shop could not find the problem. It has since gone out of warranty and now I am out the money I spent on it because I cannot rely on it. I have not read any reviews on this happening so I must have a lemon. If it were not for this defect I would have rated it a 4 overall.

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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ampeg by Name Only

By heelfliphero

from Monroe, MI

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

I liked the Ampeg B2RE when I first got it, but it is definitely one of those pieces of equipment that you buy on the way to creating you perfect cabinet. For what you pay, you get one hell of a lot of power and features up the butt...but I eventually tired of having the lamest Ampeg head out there. The graphic equalizer isn't really solid: most of the sliders move with little effect on the sound. Also, when I got mine, I had to take it in right before a big show because the people of Ampeg (who are normally super-great) forgot to hook my fan-belt up. Other than those things, however, this is a great beginning head.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for the Buck

By Only Ampeg Will Do

from Vancouver, WA

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

The B2RE is an incredible head. The price is much lower than expected for something with this much power and of this quality. I run the head through an Ampeg SVT 4x10. The sound is amazing and it has more power than i'll ever need. If you are serious about bass sound, you need this head.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SOLID!

By Steve

from albuquerque, nm

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

Got this amp after i blew my hartke at band practice. Running it to a hartke 4x10 and 1x15 cabs and this thing rocks! Sound is amazing compared to the hartke, nice eq for fine tuning and lots of extra goodies on this amp for the price. Its an ampeg, what more can i say.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A good one

By Kevin Glenn

from Palatine, IL

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

The SVT 450H is just the B-2RE in the "Classic Form". For less money, you can have the B-2RE and still have the same sound. The only plus is that the 450H has a strong casing shell with handle bars" built around it and is not rackmountable. The B2-RE is rackmountable and has a strong steel outer shell. Both products have: excellent cooling systems, great tone shaping features, are very reliable, and will work for just about any Bassist. You can easily do slap, Jazz, Country, Metal, Rock, Pop, Blues, Punk, and whatever else your heart desires. Although the 450H and the B-2RE do not have the warm tone of tubes, they both have the thunderous Ampeg Low end! Along with that, the highs are crystal clear and the mids are growly. If you do not prefer the tube tone or if you need a reliable amp head check out the SVT 450H. If you love the tone of the 450H, but want to put the amp head in a rack mount, check out the B-2RE. If you want more wattage, check out the SVT 1000. The SVT 1000 has the same sound as the 450H and the B-2RE, just way more power. You really can't go wrong with any of these purchases.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BASS IN YOUR FACE!!!

By Bass1961

from Cranston,RI

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

My very first bass amps were 2 Ampeg SVT heads and 2 SVT 8x10 cabs. Yeah I was 12 and didn't care about ruining my back for life, stupid me. I Always Loved Ampeg's Sound. Over the years and after Many Back Aches, I down sized to just 1 Full SVT Set Up. In the 70's I bought an Ampeg V6-B head and had an EV 2x15 cab with the Vented Midrange horn. I then switched to an SVT PreAmp with a QSC Power amp and an Ampeg 4x10 cab. Once again, it was Still Too Much to carry and I wanted something that would give me the same sound, but that weiged less and took up less room. I decided to get the B2R head and keep the 4x10 cab. I Was Very Impressed with the Sounds that I got from this Power House. The tone controls are Very Flexible and Very Accurate. The addition of the Graphic EQ opens up a Whole New World of Sounds and Harmonics. With it's built in effects loop and DI, I now had More felxability and Less to carry around. The B2R has Plenty of Power and Punch for Any Genre of Music!!! The Price is Very Affordable, and the Sounds are Unlimited. The built in Limiter works well for certain situations, and was also a nice feature. I am Very Happy with the Ampeg B2R and would Strongly Reccommend it to Any Bass Player that Wants Power, Punch, Flexability and a Great Sound for the price. Check it out, You Won't be disappointed. Ampeg, The Sound You Can't Mistake!!!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not your fathers ampeg

By bryanonbass

from dover, nj

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

When people think of ampeg. They think of big bottom, huge cabinets and amps that weigh a ton. Well with this B2RE, ampeg does not deliver on the big bottom or weight issues. This amp just does not live up to the ampeg name. It sounds very artificial. It definitely colors the sound of the bass, but not in a good way. I used this is a variety of sessions. Rock, funk, pop, trip hop and it just did not cut through the mix at all, it was very boomy, but without any definition whatsoever. I would rather go direct into a PA than play through one of thes amps.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent

By Shawn Paradise

from Scottsdale, Arizona

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

I got the B2RE when it was first released as a 450 watt model. The B2R was only 350 watts and that would not be enough, in my opinion. The B2RE has just enough power to contend with a loud acoustic drumset. There are a lot of input and output features; the only feature I would have wanted would be a tuner output. My only complaint is that this amp started having problems by shorting out and losing signal output while playing. I tried to have it serviced but the repair shop could not find the problem. It has since gone out of warranty and now I am out the money I spent on it because I cannot rely on it. I have not read any reviews on this happening so I must have a lemon. If it were not for this defect I would have rated it a 4 overall.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ANOTHER KILLER AMPEG!

By Skinyman13

from NC/SC

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

This is the third Ampeg head that I've owned, and this one has to be the best one yet. Besides pumping out the 450 watts that I need, the tone this head cranks out is virtually endless. With so many possibilities in the nine band EQ, it can pretty much replicate any Ampeg you would want. This amp is a very solid product, made in the USA, and very durable. I chose the B2 for the reliability of a solid state amp, not to mention the roadworthiness of being a rack-mount monster. Easy to use, easy to listen to, even at loud volumes. I fully recommend this one to any aspiring bassist, and even to old metalheads like me. Great job, Ampeg!

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not for the serious

By Solareye420

from DFW Texas

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

I played this head for quite a few years. I was pretty young when I got it so I was just stoked to have a head that had SOME power. But after playing on it for 6+ years, I have found that the B2R is not for people who are gigging seriously. It gets hot, it's pretty noisy around 50% gain, the jacks don't lock cables very well, and in the long term, it's just not a contender. Internally, it's very cheap, colors the tone and just does not deliver on clarity and frequency control...and NO COMPRESSOR??? For the money, it's not bad. But in the scheme of things, I would look elsewhere. Try a GK. Better yet, go the distance and get Markbass. They're the Ferrari of bass amplification.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good starter amp

By Owen and Jeanie Everett

from Port Angeles Washington

Comments about Ampeg B2RE Rack Bass Head:

We have had this amp for almost two years. Our rig has a 4x10 svt and a mesa 4x10 cab (8x10's in all). It's very weak when run at 8ohms (one 4x10). Better at 4ohms. The amp lacks definition at hi volume levels,it could use a compressor. We are admittedly very loud so in a different setting it would be fine. Colors the sound heavily,thats a taste thing and it's okay with us. For the money it's a good start especially if you like the "Ampeg" sound.

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