One of the biggest hits of NAMM 2015 was the B-Social desktop bass amp. This year Ashdown expanded the range with the B-Social Lite, which they describe as the best aspects of the original in a smaller package.
“It makes the amp more affordable,” says Ashdown’s Lee Alexander. “It doesn’t have wireless feature for the instrument, but you still have Bluetooth for streaming music. You can still plug two people into it, as well.”
The B-Social Lite pushes out 35 watts with a single custom dual-concentric 5-inch driver that is designed for a punchy low-end character. It has a bass input as well as a second input for guitar, keyboard, ukelele, or just about any other instrument you want to jam with. The amp also has a 3-band EQ for dialing in tone with separate volume knobs for each input.
Its Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities allow for streaming music to from your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, but if you don’t want to use Bluetooth, the amp still has a balanced line input. Furthermore, Ashdown includes their Apptek socket for accessing amp simulators from smart devices.
The Ashdown Engineering B-Social Lite will carry a street price of $399.
Ashdown Engineering B-Social Lite Bass Amp Specifications:
|Power Output:||35 watts|
|Power Requirement:||115 - 230v|
|Speaker Configuration:||1 x 5|
|Frequency Response:||10k Ohms Level 0dBu|
|High Instrument Input:||2|
|Low Instrument Input:||2|
|EQ:||Bass +/-15dB @ 100Hz Middle +/-15dB @ 660Hz Treble +/-15dB @ 7kHz shelving Bright|