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TC Electronic BH500 Bass Amplifier Head (500 Watts)

Unique features like TubeTone, SpectraComp and integrated tuning technology give this head extensive tone-shaping tool and incredible tone. (15) Read 9 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

The TC Electronic BH500 feature set leaves little to be desired with its razor-sharp, tone-shaping tools such as TubeTone, SpectraComp and bass tuned tone controls. Also, the 3 user memories let you change tone at any given time while the integrated tuner allows you to tune up silently before you rock.

SpectraComp

A conventional compressor is often dominated by the lower string, but with SpectraComp, which is taken directly from the original RH450, you get 'per string' multi-band compression that evens out the compression across all strings. In short, you get an even and rock solid tone that cuts through any mix whether you play fingerstyle, with a heavy pick or slap the strings hard.

Check out how the string sensitive SpectraComp works:


TubeTone

The TubeTone effect was originally introduced on RH450. Most transistor designs try to replicate tube sound using one small preamp tube, but why not take the crucial characteristics of a full preamp and power amp into account? Both are essential to the sound when you want that classic tube warmth as well as when you go for a full-on overdriven rock sound with a massive punch.

Presets

BH500 can store three of your favorite tones. For instance, if you need a nice chunk of overdrive on specific passages, presets are king. Not to mention, with great sounding bass tones and seamless switching between them, you will be able to focus on the important thing - rocking out!

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 rocking in no time.

Tone Controls and TweeterTone

EQ is always a bass essential, so they have equipped BH500 with a great sounding, 4-band EQ which is perfect for shaping your fundamental tone. Further, with two contour filters you can scoop the mid-frequencies, which creates an amazing low-end punch on demand.

The tweeter control is usually located on the rear side of the cabinet, but on the BH500 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 high frequencies that are critical for giving your sound that razor-sharp edge.

Connections

Just plug and play. And for rehearsing or jamming along you can connect your portable music player to the AUX input. 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 when you are recording the rock hits of tomorrow.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of TC Electronic and TC-Helicon products.

Input Section

Input connector: 1/4 jack

Input impedance: 1 MOhm / 100 pF

Gain range: -96 to 36dB

Tone Control

Bass: Center Freq: 100Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

Low Mid: Center Freq: 335Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

High Mid: Center Freq: 900Hz (Gain: +15/-24dB)

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

Tweeter Tone: 0 to 10, L-PAD Cabinet Recreation

Tube Tone: 0 to 10, 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)

Speaker output: Neutrik Speakon

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: 462 x 135 x 380 mm / 18.7 x 5.4 x 15.0"

Weight: 13 kg / 29 pounds

Finish: Tolex covered. Handcrafted wooden box
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 28 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 18 x 9 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (15 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "All the goodies, but half the price of the fancy TC heads."
Sound: This has ALL the tonal characteristics of the pretty staccato and higher-priced TC bass heads. It's just slightly less power and in a practical package. Feature: Spectra comp ( multi-band compression) is tuned for bass, specifically thumb & pop funk. Yes it works for other instruments too. It is especially nice for jazz guitar! Ease of Use: For experienced pros, this is as easy as it gets. Quality: This is every bit as good as the more expensive TC heads. ( I look inside to check and use bench testing equipment to test output, frequency response and noise.) So, how good is that? Not high-fidelity, but very good. It is the nature of "good" sounding instrument amps to "color" sound. As part of that, frequency response is never "perfectly flat." That's OK... in fact it's a good thing. Noise is a problem. But if you are playing quietly, you won't hear much, and if you play loud as hell in a Loud band, the minor noise will be masked by other sounds. Components are typical Asian stuff, which means: pretty good, not mil-spec, but decent. Value: This has all the functionality and features of the more expensive amps TC makes, so that makes it a bargain by comparison. The truth is, Class-D amps are very inexpensive to manufacture compared to old-school class A-B amps with massive power-rails. As such, this is like all other "class-D" propaganda... cheaper stuff sold to ignorant consumers as a product enhancement, when in fact it is a manufacturing short-cut for profit. Does that mean it is bad? No. Cheap Class D amps are OK for instrument amps. They will NEVER deliver the fidelity or raw current / power of AB topology, but they are still OK for most payers in most bands. Manufacturer Support: TC has had problems with support in the past. I think they are making an effort to improve that, but so far, they still mostly rely on web=pages, FAQ's and forums. Good luck getting a knowledgeable human on the phone. The Wow Factor: The package is not as sexy as the expensive TC amps, but it does everything a professional bass amp should. Overall: Though I have had great experience with OLD TC electronic stuff, some of which has lasted perfectly since 1980, I have had issues with there digital effects and amplifiers. Since this is a Class-D amp with compression, it has some measure of "idiot-proofing" built in. So long as you use the right load ( speaker ohmage) and don't run full bore all night in a bar with no air-con, it should be OK.
Style of Music: All
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Overall: Fantastic, Incredible, Superb, Powerful, can not go wrong with this bass head. I have this matched to a GK 410 Neo Cabinet. The two together make sound like a pro. I am a above average bassist. Many tone variations are able to be achieve. Have not use the tone print feature. I have not had the need to use it yet. Know that it is available, is good enough for me. For sure, you will not be lacking power. This is a great buy. Turner is touchy, but accurate. Just have to get use to it. Easy to use, not complicated. Not being a smart azz, but if you have a junior high level IQ, you will be able to operate this bass head, and be very pleased with the results.
Style of Music: All music except country. I prefer play jazz, funk, blues. I enjoy exploring my own creativity of music. Combining jazz and funk
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