Genz Benz GBE 1200 Bass Amp
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Based upon the tone and versatility of popular GBE 600, the Genz Benz GBE 1200 rackmount bass amp "takes it to the limit" in features, power and performance.
With added refinements and output power, the GBE 1200 delivers 1200 watts of power, tone and versatility into real world "reactive" speaker loads.
The ability for Genz Benz amplifier designs to drive "resistive" and "reactive" speaker loads, along with Extended Burst Power ratings, separates the GBE 1200 from the pack. These amplifiers are louder, punchier, warmer and more articulate.
The GBE 1200 features unique "POWERFLEX" circuitry and switching which helps to provide full and stable power delivery into selectable 4 or 2 ohm speaker loads.
The Preamp section of the three-space GBE 1200 is enhanced with two separate FET and 12AX7 TUBE channels that can be selected independently or mixed together creating endless tonal possibilities.
A "global" Signal Shaping Circuit and Master output section round out the performance aspects of this amp.
The GBE 1200 is beautiful too! The contoured, sleek lines of the 5mm thick, machined aluminum front panel are adorned with blue LEDs and color-coded Master Status LEDs which provide comprehensive operator information at a glance. Ergonomically sculpted handles add comfort and convenience.
The GBE 1200s unmatched fit and finish, versatility, power and tone make it the benchmark in bass amplification.
DYNAMIC OUTPUT INTO "REACTIVE" REAL WORLD SPEAKER LOADS
An important and not commonly discussed specification is a power amps ability to deliver rated power into a "reactive load".
All speakers present a reactive load to the amplifier, reducing real world driving ability. Although speaker cabinets are usually rated as 8 or 4 ohms, this is a "nominal" impedance rating and in actuality can dip as much as 30%.
Since speakers are not resistive loads but rather are highly "reactive", amplifiers must work even harder to drive them and will often prematurely trigger their protective limiting circuits - not so with GENZ BENZ bass amps!!
This bass amplifier design compensates for this effect, and is rated to deliver full power into reactive loads. This is one important reason GENZ BENZ amplifiers sound so big!!
POWERFLEX Maximum Power Feature:
This feature, designed into the GBE 1200, optimizes the massive power supply to better deliver maximum power levels at 4 ohms and for extended 2 ohm operation into reactive loads.
A large switch on the rear panel is provided so that the amplifier can be switched to correctly match the total cabinet impedance load on the amplifier for optimum performance and power.
An amber LED indicator is provided on the front panel Master Status section to indicate when the POWERFLEX feature is switched to 2 ohm operation.
EXTENDED BURST POWER RATINGS:
The GBE 1200 is rated using the Extended Burst Power method which tests amplifier power output using a duty cycle 10 times more stringent than the IHF standard. This demanding test method provides a much more accurate representation of the performance demands on the bass instrument amplifier in the real world.
The Benchmark In Bass Amplification!
Active/Passive Input Stage
Signal Mute Switch
Tuner Out (also a rear panel Tuner Out)
Independent FET and 12AX7 TUBE Channels
Active 5 band EQ Section on each Channel with Two Shelving and Three Peaking Networks
Channel Select and Channel Mix Switches (Footswitchable)
Channel O/L LEDs
Signal Shape Circuitry w/L.F. Extend, Mid Scoop, H.F. Attack all Adjustable (Min. Max.) and Footswitchable
Unique "Soft Limit" Circuit
Comprehensive Amplifier Status LEDs Master Volume
Heavy-duty Toggle On/Off Switch
Sleek, Ergonomic Amp Handles
Sturdy 3 Space Metal Chassis with 5mm Thick Aluminum Faceplate
Solid Aluminum Knurled Knobs on Premium Detent Pots
Variable Speed Fan Cooling (thermally controlled)
Heavy-duty 5 Button Footswitch (included)
Weight: 42 lbs
Dimensions: 19"W x 15"D x 5.25"H
REAR PANEL FEATURES:
Tuner Out (Parallel with Front Panel Tuner Out)
Comprehensive Direct Output Section w/ Pre/Post Switch, Attenuation Sw, Ground Lift Sw
Three Effects Loops Independent Channel and Global Loops
Slave Out Jack
Dual Speakon® Output Connectors
POWERFLEX Impedance Selector Switch
Dual Voltage Switch
Heavy-duty Toroidal Transformer
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