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Cheap 2-channel power amp for a practice space?
Old 3rd February 2012
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Cheap 2-channel power amp for a practice space?

Hey everyone. So, I'm restoring an old Peavy 701R 7-channel mixer, and it sounds great and looks even better. The only problem is that it's passive and super quiet. I'd very much like to use this in a new practice space that we're setting up. I inherited this and would like to keep the whole setup as close to $0 as possible. That said, can anyone suggest some cheap (vintage or new, don't care) power amps that might work well with this? Thanks in advance!
Old 3rd February 2012
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Originally Posted by suburbanbeat View Post
Hey everyone. So, I'm restoring an old Peavy 701R 7-channel mixer, and it sounds great and looks even better. The only problem is that it's passive and super quiet. I'd very much like to use this in a new practice space that we're setting up. I inherited this and would like to keep the whole setup as close to $0 as possible. That said, can anyone suggest some cheap (vintage or new, don't care) power amps that might work well with this? Thanks in advance!
For an inexpensive amp that'll work reliably, I go with these guys. They're not quite as clean and powerful sounding as a good Crown or QSC, but they are solid amps and reliable.

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Old 3rd February 2012
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Yorkvilles are cheap, solid and reliable and not terrible. Easy to find used too.

Why stereo? It's a PA for vox only (maybe some kick?) - even if you have 2 speakers, dual mono it - maybe you can save some cash that way. Pretty easy to find an interesting mono power amp used for cheap.
Old 3rd February 2012
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Great on both counts, thank you very much!

And yeah, for live use I would really just be using mono (would use stereo if I ever wanted to use it to record lo-fi drums or something), so I wouldn't be opposed to using dual mono. Does that actually entail buying two one-channel amps though? Excuse my ignorance!
Old 3rd February 2012
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I meant 2 speakers powered by a single mono amp, sorry. I realise that was confusing given what 'dual mono' usualy means. If you wanna run a drum bus through them then nevermind - cheaper to buy a stereo amp than 2 mono amps (usually).
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