FREE 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping (edit) Get Details

More Info About Free 2-Day Standard Ground Shipping

Close Window
Top Seller

TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head  

Item #: 
1274115028636
  • Write a Review

The TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head is the company's first full bass rig. With 450W of Class-D power, the RH450 bass amp has the power to run multiple bass speaker cabinets and is especially effecti... Click To Read More About This Product

Price:
$64999.00
Add to Wish List

QUESTIONS?
Connect with an expert instantly.

Call us: 866-498-7882

 
PICK UP IN STORE Available in: 3-7 Days (estimated) Denver, CO (5.5  mi) Change Pick Up Store


,
SUN:11AM-7PM
MON-FRI:10AM-9PM
SAT:10AM-8PM
  • Pro Coverage Eligible
  • Free Shipping
  • Easy Returns
Overview

The TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head is the company's first full bass rig. With 450W of Class-D power, the RH450 bass amp has the power to run multiple bass speaker cabinets and is especially effective when combined with the RS210 and RS212,

The TC Electronic RH450 amp can run any combination of up to 3 units. This bass amp head's features include an input that accepts passive or active instruments, 4 semi-parametric tone controls with light rings around each knob that make your settings visible even on dark stages, and with tone centers that can be adjusted. Other features include an integrated tuner that is precise and extremely easy to use. 3 user-memory locations let you store your favorite setups. A TubeTone circuit affects both the preamp and the output for realistic tube-amp character. SpectraComp technology provides multi-band compression that is even across all strings. I/O is comprehensive and includes an AES/EBU connection. Presets, Mute, and Tuner can be selected remotely with the RC4 floor controller sold separately.

Flexible tone control

The RH450 bass amp head has straightforward controls like you know them from traditional amps, voiced to give you plenty of tweaking options to nail the perfect tone. Chances are these are all you're going to need. However, if you're not fully satisfied with the default frequency areas, fear not-RH450 gives you the option to change the focus of each of the tone controls.

The nerdy term for this feature is semi-parametric bands, and it tweaks the "hidden parameters" to pinpoint a frequency you either want to remove or boost for each tone control and then store the settings.

TubeTone

Most transistor designs have tried to replicate tube sound using 1 small preamp tube, but they generally fail as they don't take into account the crucial characteristics of the full preamp and power amp sections-both of which are essential to the sound. TubeTone emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.

SpectraComp

A regular compressor tends to be dominated by the low string, but the RH450's SpectraComp technology produces multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings.

Onboard user memory banks

You might not use presets, but maybe you've never had the chance. Anyone who's used different basses on stage knows that a few user memories on your amp would be welcome. With the RH450 you can easily switch between, for example, your 4- and 5-string. Just plug in the bass and use the car-radio-style Store and Recall controls to easily switch between presets for your chosen model. There are 3 bass user memories, remote control access via the RC4 Control (sold separately), and visual indicators for Mute and the Tuner.

Onboard user memory banks

You might not use presets, but maybe you've never had the chance. Anyone who's used different basses on stage knows that a few user memories on your amp would be welcome. With the RH450 you can easily switch between, for example, your 4- and 5-string. Just plug in the bass and use the car-radio-style Store and Recall controls to easily switch between presets for your chosen model. There are 3 bass user memories, remote control access via the RC4 Control (sold separately), and visual indicators for Mute and the Tuner.

Rehearsal inputs

Playing any instrument on its own can be a little dull, but everyone needs time to practice, which is why RH450 has rehearsal inputs. This rear panel-mounted feature allows you to plug in your iPod, phone, computer or MP3 player via the supplied mini-jack to RCA cable adapter for easy practicing and playing along with recorded music. The headphone amp is a high quality model taken straight from TC Electronic's Studio Konnekt 48 and includes a speaker filter on the bass signal.

The RH450 from TC Electronic is built for bass players by bass players and draws upon decades of cutting-edge amp design and signal processing experience. The result is the RH450-the bass innovation that sets a new standard in excellence in bass amplification.

Features
  • Rear-mounted rehearsal inputs for MP3 player or computer via supplied mini-jack-to-RCA adapter
  • Headphone amp includes a speaker filter on the bass signal
  • Integrated tuner provides full-resolution tuner with light ring to help you tune up quickly and accurately
  • RC4 allows easy remote access to integrated tuner (RC4 sold separately)
  • Mute button lets you tune up without disturbing others
  • Onboard user memory banks let you easily switch between presets for your ideal tone choices”3 memory banks, remote control access via RC4 pedal (sold separately), and visual indicators for mute and tuner
  • Bass, Low-Mid, High-Mid, Treble tone controls
  • Semi-parametric bands for all 4 tone controls, letting you adjust the focus of each band
  • TubeTone control acts on both preamp and power amp, reproducing genuine preamp tone
  • SpectraComp technology for multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings
Specifications
  • Input Section
    Input connector: 1/4" jack
    Input impedance: 1 megohm / 100 pF
    Gain range: -96 to 32dB

    Tone control
    Bass: Center Frequency: 280Hz (range: 71-1120Hz, Gain: +15/-24dB)
    Low Mid: Center Frequency: 400Hz (range: 100-1600Hz, Gain: +15/-24dB)
    High Mid: Center Frequency: 800Hz (range: 200-3150Hz, Gain: +15/-24dB)
    Treble: Center Frequency: 1600Hz (range: 400-6300Hz, Gain: +12/-24dB)
    Tube Tone: 0 to12, Tube amp Recreation
    Spectra Comp: 3 band Spectral Compression
    Preset Level: -12 dB to 0 gain attenuation
    User Memories: 3 memory locations storing all front panel controls except Mute & Master Level

    Tuner tuning range: Chromatic, constant on A0 (27.50Hz) to E5 (659.26Hz)
    Mute: Mutes speaker out, Phones out and Balanced out
    Master Level Headphone Output: Studio quality headphone amp
    Impedance: 40-600 ohms
    Mains supply: Universal 100-240V 50/60Hz (80W @ 1/8 Power)
    Speaker out: Combined Speakon / 1/4" jack
    Power rating: 450W (800W Peak)
    Balanced output: Transformer Balanced XLR, Pre/Post Pre-amp
    Max. Output: +0dBu
    Optimal Load Impedance: 600 ohms
    Preamp out: 1/4" Jack, Balanced Output, Max Output Level = +8dBu
    Power amp in: 1/4" Jack, balanced input, impedance = 10 kOhm, Max Input Level = +8dBu
    Rehearsal input: RCA, Left/Right input, fits to iPod
    Digital Recording out: Balanced XLR, AES/EBU, (24-bit)
    Remote connection: 5-pin DIN, Cable with shield

    Dimensions: 11-2/5" W x 2-3/5" H x 10-4/5" D
    Weight: 9 lb.
    Finish: Sandblasted die-cast aluminum
Warranty

GUITAR CENTER'S PRO COVERAGE
Pro Coverage gives you added warranty protection for your new gear. Stepping in where the manufacturer's "normal wear and tear" coverage ends, our Pro Coverage program offers you upgraded coverage if your product ever fails Read More.

Pro Coverage includes
  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
  • Expedited repair
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended return period
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to three years from date of purchase
  • Repair authorization-toll-free by phone or via the web
  • Customer Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
TC ElectronicRH450 Bass Amp Head
 
4.4

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Am a Believer!

OK, I kid you not that i have spent not less than two years researching my ultimate rig. In between i have owned A GK rig (the old 400rb head coubled with a...Read complete review

OK, I kid you not that i have spent not less than two years researching my ultimate rig. In between i have owned A GK rig (the old 400rb head coubled with a backline 2X10 cab) and currently own an acoustic rig (B200H head and acoustis 4X10 Cab). Am on a tight budtet and was considering upgrading my B200H head to an ampeg PF-500 head to get more headroom to push my acoustic 4X10 cab this month! I was planning to work my way up to a Genz Benz shuttlemax 9.2 with their corresponding 2X12 uber cabs. Now the Genz Benz rig will cost more and weigh more with their cabs. Dont get me wrong, Genz Benz have one of the finest sounding amps out their but TC Electronics outsmarted them this time. You can get the same tone for a cheaper price with half the weight with the TC Electonic cabs!!! Look at the shuttlemax controls man, very complicated compared to this amp. You get the same options with the push of a button as opposed to tweaking numerous knowbs!! I have stumbled upon their cabs in my two years researching but never gave them a second look coz i had never heard about TC electronics and was not going to chance a thousand bucks on a company without a solid track record with bass amps like Genz Benz, SWR, Ampeg, GK, Aguilar, Eden, or Markbass - All these are comnpanies i have been closely monitoring in my two years of research. OK, What made me a believer? built in compressor, tube emulation, adjustable EQ to your taste, built in tuner,and 3 programmable custom settings. Come on! Please, I almost bought a Tech 21 programable bass driver/DI for 210 bucks to improve my B200H tone and to be able to footswitch between three custom settings. Then i thought maybe i should just get the Ampeg PF-500 for better headroom and tone. Am done researching. I will not even get the Ampeg. Am going straight for this baby even if it takes me another year. Think about it. How many pedals will you need to simulate this. Am on a really tight budget but I will close my eyes and get it once. Are you researching? Save yourself some time. If you are a serious bass player or an intermidiate who really loves playing and are working your way up, use the junk rig you have and keep saving until you get this amp. I hope this helps someone out there.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great amp, poor construction

This is a great sounding amp with the cheapest control knobs imaginable. For such a high end sounding amp, it's kind of amazing it has this major design flaw. Perhaps we
Read complete review

This is a great sounding amp with the cheapest control knobs imaginable. For such a high end sounding amp, it's kind of amazing it has this major design flaw. Perhaps we

were just unlucky but we gave up having the control knobs replaced after the third set fell off. And I mean fell off. They strip after moderate usage over about a three-month

period and stop functioning. It's incredibly frustrating. So your just left with just the spine of control interface. This is the most important aspect of the amp after its

basic sound quality, the human interface. It's awful. We love TC products and we own many. But this is just inexcusable.

I've posted something similar on other music sites. Just trying to get the word out.

Reviewed by 23 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to Top

Previous | Next »

 
3.0

Great amp, poor construction

By pjr114

from Cheshire, Ct

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    This is a great sounding amp with the cheapest control knobs imaginable. For such a high end sounding amp, it's kind of amazing it has this major design flaw. Perhaps we

    were just unlucky but we gave up having the control knobs replaced after the third set fell off. And I mean fell off. They strip after moderate usage over about a three-month

    period and stop functioning. It's incredibly frustrating. So your just left with just the spine of control interface. This is the most important aspect of the amp after its

    basic sound quality, the human interface. It's awful. We love TC products and we own many. But this is just inexcusable.

    I've posted something similar on other music sites. Just trying to get the word out.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    TC Electronic has changed the my playing...

    By Justonebassplayer

    from Kentucky

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    I have used some of the bigger names such as Ampeg, Fender, Markbass and I have to say this is the best amp I've ever played. It amazes me the toe I get from this amp paired with a single RS212 cab. This is the tone I've been searching for for a long time. Love that I can pack my bass, Cab, and amp in one load from the car to the stage. TC Electronic has changed the game for me.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Sound Great Features

    By Conan

    from Kansas City, Kansas

    Site Member

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    I really love this head. I paired it with a TC Electronic RS 212 cabinet. It has built in compression, which only makes sense on a bass amp, since most bass players use it. It has a built in tuner that works without muting the head, but works even better if you do mute it. You get a read out on the bass tone nob. I originally played a MIM J bass with it, and it picked up a lot of noise I didn't want to hear. It's much better with my new American J bass.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best bass amp I have ever owned.

    By Tony Cataldo

    from Reno, NV

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    After 5 years of solid performance, I have to say that my RH450 is the best bass amp I have ever owned. The sound, features, portability, reliability, and (yes) POWER, are worthy of the rare 5-star review.

     
    5.0

    Most Versatile

    By Steven-OyJb8

    from Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 1m Ohm Input For Upright
    • Excellent Sound
    • Lots of features
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Hard To Dial In Sounds

    Best Uses

    • Gigging Bass Player
    • Performances

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    After my Markbass III started crackling and I couldn't find anyone to respond to my emails for repair including Markbass! I bought this, mainly because it has a high input inpedance which is great for upright bass pickups. My 1939 Kay with Realist pickup sounded great with no preamp- just plug in and play.

    My 5 string electric (high C ) took a little more work because all the tone controls are parametric so you have to select which frequencies you want to cut and boost. This worked for me because I have played bass for a long time and know what I like and which frequencies to choose.
    The good thing is once you find your sound, you have 3 memory slots to save it with.
    A little goes a long way with this amp. Turning the knobs just one or two clicks makes a difference so listen carefully and take your time.
    The compressor and tube tone aren't everyone's cup of tea but used sparingly they do the job fine.
    It's mostly in your hands and fingers anyway, right?

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A little gem

    By Morten Jenson

    from New York

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    It such a good sounding amp. I love my RH450 a little more everyday

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great amp, but I can't get rid of HISS

    By T-boneFromATH

    from Athens, GA

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    Overall -- this is where I had to dock it a few points. Since I bought this amp, I have noticed a perpetual "hiss" that I can't negate with any EQ or sound adjustment. The loudness of the hiss is commensurate with the main volume: the louder you turn it up, the louder the hiss. It is also more pronounced when you increase the high frequencies. I understand that my passive Fender USA Standard P-Bass will not give me the most modern hi-fi sound, or that transparently clear sound that you find with an active bass, but I do not expect a hiss when I shell out $$$ for an amp head. Considering all the other effort and technology they've put into this head, you'd think they might try to make it sound more clear. I went to GC to A/B several amps some weeks ago, and I found a similar 'hiss' in several other amps when I turned them up. There's a good chance I have it set up wrong, and I do need to do more research on this, but I have seriously considered selling this head and buying a Little Mark, GK, the new Aguilar Tone Hammer or an Orange, just so I don't have to listen to the hiss. If anyone out there knows how to get rid of this hiss on an RH450, please post a comment on this page and I will check back.
    I've owned this amp for about 6 months, and I'm fairly pleased with it.

    The RH450's features are without peer in its price range, mainly when you incorporate the RC4 footswitch: mute, always-on accurate tuner. Putting those two features on the footswitch qualifies alone for a 10. From what I can tell of the many lightweight Class D power amps comparables in this price range, this one has the best and most useful range of features available. There are many ways to tweak the sound on this amp, and I have yet to find them all. I do very much like the tube tone. It's not quite as gritty a Bass Muff Pi, but it gives you a great old school heavy sound.
    Many other reviewers have said that this is amp seems to be very well built, and I wholeheartedly agree. I saw a video of a touring pro who road-tested it and said he's encountered problems with every amp when he's in South America, but he can always depend on this one to work properly. It appears that, as long as I don't drop it on cement or into a mud puddle, this amp will serve me well for many years to come. The electronics are intuitive and solid. A+ on quality.
    Since I've never owned an amp with this level of power or output, it's difficult for me to accurately gauge a value rating versus others -- hence the 9 rating. I believe that you get a lot of bang for your buck with this amp.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    RH450 Head

    By Andrew Dunlap

    from C.S. Texas

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    I guess here's the meat, right? I have been using the Rebel Head 450 for around 2 months as of 10/17/2011. We have been playing a decent size pub once a week and practicing at my house(carpeted floor, tall ceilings) once a week as well, so the difference in acoustics of the two are 180 degrees apart. Either place, this head can get the tone I want with minimal knob tweaking once you get it dialed in for your personal preferences. I paired this with TC's 212 cabinet and have enjoyed the sound and volume I get at a portability factor second to none for my old back!
    I haven't pushed the head past ~11 oclock on the Master yet, but that seems to be loud enough so far. We did play outside for the first time this weekend, and I was told that the bass was coming thru loud and clear, so good deal there...BTW, we are a 3 piece with electrified acoustic guitar and a mid size drum set, but I don't feel I would have any problem being heard on stage with more musicians. Anything more than that, you have the balanced direct out connection to get you in the mains, right?
    One exasperating problem I did have was with the footswitch that I bought with this setup.. It took 4 tries to get one that worked. No fault of MF, and they took care of me each time with free returns. I have one that works now with 3 presets and a mute function that kills all output leaving you free to tune quietly an quickly on the fly. Nice feature.
    All in all, I'm happy with the head so far. There was some concern with the rated output(450W)on a couple of bass forums, which I will leave you to judge on your own. Oh, some were wondering about a carrying case for the head.. Just get a padded laptop case of the appropriate size, and you are good to go! I finished with an "8" on the overall because of the known footswitch issue which was still a problem up until I recently got one that worked. Maybe that should have been addressed on the ratings on the footswitch page...? Too lazy.
    Very versatile. Lots of sound shaping options. 3 presets, mute, "tube emulation". I haven't used the direct out yet, or the headphone input. I have used the effects loop for a chorus pedal.
    Very light and portable. I paired with the 212 cabinet. Lovely...
    Everything appears A-OK. Smooth knob functions. Good quality connectors. No hiccups.
    Value is tough to rate.. We all want the world for free, but do we get it? All in all, the price seems ok.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great amp super features

    By Ismael Santos

    from Tucson, AZ

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    OK I am sorry TC has a full disclosure multiple page technical description of their power rating... Use your ears! This thing is as loud as any 500 Watt amp I have heard. I am rating the product and I find the presets, spectra comp, tube tone, and other features to be very good. Most importantly it sounds good. A winner in my book.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It is loud, it does pack a few good features, but..........

    By Jason

    from Washington, DC

    Comments about TC Electronic RH450 Bass Amp Head:

    But in reality, if you believe that you're getting a 450watt amp, think again. According to the TC Electronic VP of Business Management, Uffe Kjems Hansen.......the advertised "450 watts" is actually what he referred to as "Quasi-watts". Bass gear magazine did a review of the RH450, the actual power of this amp is 239 watts RMS, nowhere near the 450 watts (800 peak), that was advertised. It has been explained and discussed on "talkbass.com", that the technology is implemented in the power section (Power management), is where this perceived loudness is achieved with only 239 watts RMS. Ufee went on to explain that this amps sales would probably not have been as good if it was advertised as a "239 watt amp", although because of the technology used it does compare in volume to a 450 watt, 500 watt, 600 watt amp. There is definitely some untruth with this head that must be stated, so that a potential buyer does not assume that they are buying a 450 watt amplifier. After typing this, I will say, I own an RH450 and use it with a GK212MBE and it is plenty loud, love the features, but just hate the fact that the specs as far as power are flat out false. Therefore I give it a 3 just for the fact that TC has been untruthful, by stating that it is a 450 watt amp.

    Displaying reviews 1-10

    Back to Top

    Previous | Next »

    You are changing the Ship-To country.

    Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.