Peavey announced a pair of new compact bass heads at NAMM this year with the MiniMax and the MiniMega. The amps are rated at 400 and 1000 watts, respectively, and weigh in at five and eight pounds.
The 400-watt MiniMax’s preamp is loaded with a 3-band EQ accented by Punch, Mid-shift, and Bright controls for further tonal shaping as well as a pre-gain control with TransTube gain boost to add a tube-like crunch. The circuit also includes psychoacoustic low end bass enhancement and Peavey’s DDT speaker protection to prevent overburdening speakers. Connectivity includes a 1/8-inch aux input, a 1/8-inch, an effects loop, and a DI with ground lift and pre/post switches. Finally, the amp is fitted with a chromatic tuner that mutes the speaker and DI when in use.
The more powerful MiniMega offers up 1000 watts at 4 ohms and a more extensive control set. The 4-band EQ had Punch and Bright switches as well as semi-parametric mid controls that allows you to control the size of the Q. Besides the effects loop, the MiniMega is fitted with a compressor and a crunch button. Its circuitry also includes Kosmos Bass Enhancement with psycho-acoustic and sub controls. Other features include a mute control, a headphone output, a tuner output, DI with XLR and 1/4” outputs, and a MIDI footswitch input. For aesthetic purposes, the control surfaces color lighting can be changed.
The Peavey MiniMax and MiniMega bass amplifier heads will be available this year with street prices around $300 and $499.
Peavey MiniMax Bass Amplifier Head Specs:
|400 Watts (rms) into 4 ohms|
|DDT speaker protection|
|Pre-gain control with TransTube® gain boost|
|3-band EQ with Punch, Mid-shift and Bright controls|
|Psychoacoustic low end bass enhancement|
|Built-in direct output with ground lift and pre/post switch|
|⅛″ aux input|
|⅛″ phones output|
|Chromatic tuner with speaker and DI mute|
|Two twist-lock combo ¼″ outputs|
|Built-in effects loop|
|Active & Passive inputs|
|Weight: 5 lbs|
Peavey MiniMega Bass Amplifier Head Specs:
|1,000 Watts RMS (1,500 Watts peak)|
|Gain control with crunch button|
|Built in compressor with defeat switch|
|4-band EQ with Punch and Bright switches|
|Mid controls feature semi-parametric control with narrow Q controls|
|Built in Kosmos Bass Enhancement with Psycho-acoustic and Sub controls|
|Master volume with mute control|
|⅛″ headphone output|
|2 twist-lock combo ¼″ outputs|
|DI output with XLR & ¼″ outs. DI pre-post switch, ground lift and Pad controls|
|MIDI footswitch input|
|User-definable control surface color lighting|
|Weight: 8 lbs|
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