Hiwatt was on hand at this year’s Musikmesse to unveil the DR401, which they declare as the “most powerful all-tube bass amp in the world.” The tube head features three ECC83’s and one ECC81 in the preamp with a whopping eight KT88’s in the power section to produce 580 watts RMS before clipping.
Custom made in England, the amp has a dual channel preamp with Bright and Normal channels. Both have high and low sensitivity inputs as well as separate input gain controls. Its four-band EQ has bass, treble, middle, and presence knobs for dialing in your tone.
The Hiwatt DR401 Bass Head debuted at the Musikmesse. It is expected to be available this year, though a U.S. price point was not available at the time of this article.
Hiwatt DR401 400w Bass Head Features:
|Hand-Made in Doncaster, England|
|580 Watts RMS|
|All Tube Design|
|3 ECC83 Tubes and 1 ECC81 Tube in Preamp|
|Eight KT88 Tube Power Section|
|Dual Channel with Hi/Lo Sensitivity Inputs|