GK MB500 (not fusion) as power amp?

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  1. 406Ryan

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    Hey guys- long time stalker, finally pulled the trigger and got my AX8 yesterday!

    I know a lot of people are huge on Matrix, Crown, Crest, ext as power amps, but I may be able to get a sweet deal on a MB500.
    Has anyone had any experience using just the FX return as a power amp on these. I know it can be done, but my concern is if it adds any color, or if it's just straight/clean power?

    Thanks everyone for your help!
     
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    Anyone?
     
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    It's pretty flat power (ICEPower modules IIRC) - the preamp is where all the GK Voodoo lies in the MB range. I've used small bass amps (MB Fusion, Mesa D-800+) through their returns with awesome results.
     
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    Yep- you're right- they do use ICEPower. I'm absolutely not familiar with that company at all (or any power amp company for that matter) but it looks like that's what they use.
     
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    Same things Mesa uses in their D-800s, and several others - including the Kemper Powered Head.
    I had a conversation with Randall Smith (Mesa) and he spoke very highly of the ICEpower modules and how transparent they are, yet extremely high quality and reliable.
     
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