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TC Electronic BG500 Bass Combo Amplifier (500 Watts, 2x10")

SpectraComp multi-band compression. TubeTone effect. Built-in bass tuner. TweeterTone control. Eminence custom speaker. (11) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

TC started the bass amp 2.0 revolution with the award winning RH450 bass amp, but it's far from over! So, join the revolution as bass amp 2.0 continues with a that combines tons of raw power with stunning tone shaping tools and an impressive list of unconventional features. Meet the BG500 210. Get ready to plug, play and groove.

BG500 shares many features with the original RH450 which has already changed the way many bass players have come to think of amplification. Just ask Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power who made his very own version: Staccato'51.

The powerful 500 Watt BG500-210 has a 1-inch Eminence tweeter and a pair of 10-inch woofers, offering great, punchy response.

SpectraComp
A conventional compressor tends to be dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp(tm), which is taken directly from the original RH450, you virtually get 'per string' multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings. The result is that your sound gets compressed in a much more musical and useful way than any single-band compressor would be able to deliver.

TubeTone
The TubeTone(tm) effect was originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs have tried to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but they generally fail as they don't take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account - both of which are essential to the sound. TubeTone emulates all characteristics to deliver the full tube sound.

Presets
OK, BG500 will not memorize your chords or riffs, but it will store three of your favorite tones. You may not have used presets before, but that's only because you've never had the chance! For instance, if you use different basses on stage, you know that a few user memories would be welcome. With great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing - playing!

Built-in bass tuner
Every once in a while, you need to tune up, and whenever that happens, just let the built-in tuner guide you. It's simple, it lets you tune silently, and it gets you back to playing music in no time.

TweeterTone
The tweeter control is usually located on the rear side of the cabinet, but on the BG500 you can simply adjust the tweeter level right from the front panel. Further, the sound also gets modified slightly with filters giving you a much more intelligent control over the critical high frequencies.

Tone Controls
EQ is always a bass essential, so they have equipped the BG500 series with a great sounding, 4-band EQ which is great for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid-frequencies a bit. Think of this feature as a kind of instant EQ that can create warm and smooth tones on demand.

Connections
Just plug and play! And for rehearsing or jamming along you can connect external devices to AUX IN. If you don't want to disturb the neighbors, plug in your headphones and the drivers will be muted automatically. Finally, you can send a signal to a sound-engineer via the balanced XLR output - or to an audio interface if you are recording.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of TC Electronic and TC-Helicon products.
Input Section
Input connector: 1/4-inch jack

Input impedance: 1 Mohm / 100 pF

Gain range: -96 to 36dB

Tone control
Bass:
- Center Freq: 160Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

Low Mid:
- Center Freq: 400Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

High Mid:
- Center Freq: 800Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

Treble:
- Center Freq: 1600Hz @ Gain: -24 to 0dB; 4000Hz @ Gain 0 to +15

Tweeter Tone: 0 to10, L-PAD Cabinet Recreation

Tube Tone: 0 to10, Tube amp Recreation

Spectra Comp: 3 band Spectral Compression

User Memories: 3 memory locations storing all front panel controls except Mute & Master Level.

Tuner
Bass Tuner, "On" when muted

Tuning range: B0 (30.87Hz) to G4 (392.00Hz)

Mute: Mutes speaker out, Phones out and Balanced out

Master Level / Headphones Output: Studio quality headphone amp

HP Out Impedance: 40 to 600 Ohm

Mains supply: 100 - 120V~ or 220 - 240V~ 50/60Hz (65W @ 1/8 of Max. Output)

Power rating: 500w (1000w Peak)

Balanced output: Balanced XLR, Pre/Post Pre-amp

Bal. Out Max.: +2dBu

Bal. Out Optimal Load Impedance: 600 Ohm

Rehearsal input: RCA, Left/Right input, fits to iPod (r)

Dimensions: 475 x 735 x 410 mm / 18.7 x 28.9 x 16.1 inches

Weight: 32 kg / 70.5 pounds

Finish: Carpet covered. Handcrafted wooden box

Porting: Front porting

Woofer: Eminence custom 10-inch

Tweeter: Eminence Neo 33mm voicecoil
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (11 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Overall: this bass combo is amazing. I can not get over the ease of use and the volume it is capable of. my wife sitting upstairs in the other part of the house felt and witnessed the windows vibrating.!!!! and i was only on 7 with more room to go.fantastic.the design of the cabinet/logo is outstanding.
Style of Music: blues, rock, reggae,electronic
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great Amp, Missing a Couple Critical Features"
Overall: TC Electronic makes killer gear, and the BG500 is no exception. Five hundred watts is more than enough, and the classic 2x10 configuration pushes plenty of air--even with 5-string basses--for most gigs. But it's missing a couple of features that leave me scratching my head: effects loop, speaker out for connection to another cabinet, and footswitch-able patches. Why provide the ability to save three distinct bass sounds but not provide the logical means to switch between them? Why not include a simple circuit that allows effects in side chain? Finally, why not provide a speaker out so the player can add a 1x15 to the mix? In the manual, TC claims the amp is so expertly tuned that adding another cabinet is unnecessary and might adversely affect the sound. Really? I doubt it. Since I'm not a rockstar and don't use outboard effects for the most part, I don't foresee having any gigs where the BG500 won't be sufficient. But other players might, and the absence of these features is annoying. However, the price is right, and the saving grace is the amp's tone, which is only colored if you want it to be via the Spectracomp compressor feature. Tweetertone is a much better solution than a simple attenuator for adjusting the highest frequency levels as well, so that's another plus. And it is nice to be able to dial in and save your own presets, but having to turn around and punch a button to change them is not so nice. Overall, it's a solid bass amp, but you'll need to change your mindset if you're a bassist used to the traditional options.
Style of Music: Rock, blues, bluegrass
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