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Ashdown Pibass -240 and Mi 12 Speaker Review

π = 240 Watts Ashdown Engineering's PiBass head is the signature model of Polish bass legend Wojtek Pilichowski. I tested it along with the Mi12, a cabinet featuring a 12" speaker. The two products combine to make a 240-watt stack that costs under $900, and has a total weight of under 42 lbs, so it's not hard to see why Audiofanzine pushed me to do this review. read more…

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fanzic's review (AAR1 R)

By fanzic, 12/10/2014
Combo amp "transistor" type, rather an amplification of an acoustic instrument and a song vocation.

Input connectors: Jack only on channel 1, jack / XLR on channel 2
Independent settings: Active / Passive (channel 1); Shap In / Out (channel 1); Phase in / out; Eq. severe acute; input volume
Common Settings: Notch Frequency; Reverb; Master
Output: Line XLR DI Jack send / return, line

Power: 100 Watt


The configuration is simple for her, and in case of doubt, all the details pertaining to the manufacturer's manual.

We find fairly quickly a suitable setting that matches its desire for a very good sound result.


For acoustic instruments, we look rather traditional for them a clean and clear: it is obtained for a great result.

Connected with an acoustic guitar, it works great with a full sound, restoring the proper characteristics of the instrument accurately. Good presence in all the registers: low, mid, treble.
I try archtop jazz guitar with very good (see my gear) and the sound quality really like me! ...

With a trendy micro channel 2, the set still works fine. There should always be a balance input only because the master volume it is common for the use and engagement of the reverb too ...

Personally, I prefer the sound "shape" engaged that I find most rewarding musically.


After selling my AER Compact 60 (for financial reasons), I ventured to the purchase of used it as a replacement of emergency: I am so pleasantly surprised and overall rather positive:

The EAR (even 60 Watt) has more power, it's clear. On the other hand it is right, transparent, makes no sound color, just restoring what branch above a pro but also a little tight as it can be perceived as such as "cold" seeing "impersonal" .

This is where the Ashdown surprised me: it restores itself but the sound of instruments (especially shape on) he adds nothing of heat, little compression that enhances the instrument and enhances the color just what it takes for me.

Ashdown with this, I find myself a little less on the razor's edge, a bit more "reassured" by a sound and I find it more musically carrier ...

100 watts is enough, he should not less! ... I feel such less comfortable trying "outdoor" ...

I have tried other brands: Acus, Schertler, Roland and also Carlsbro, Peavey.

With AER, the first three of these have good acoustic amp models, I especially like Roland to render the AC with nylon string guitars.

This model Ashdown "Radiator" remains a good opportunity challenger because it does its job: it appears to me as reliable, offers good sound quality!

Featherweight kg and watts, but great! (Little Giant 350)

By JazzmanPauvre, 08/07/2014
Amp class D (digital PWM switching power supply)
Power Consumption 350W, 350W RMS announced at 4 ohms power (see the error).
Bandwidth 25-25 000Hz-3dB
4 ohms impedance mini
Semi-parametric equalizer mid-bass, mid, treble + bass shelving
EQ bypass switch
switch "deep" (a kind of powerful low shelving)
switch "shape" (equivalent to "loudness" in HIFI)
switch passive / active
input and output levels
VU meter
DI output with switch pre / post EQ
input line (not affected by the EQ) + line output Jack
2 Speakon outputs HP combos / Jack
input / output loop to effect Jack


Full great, it lacks a compressor.
Sufficient manual (English).
It lacks a landmark dividing the equalizer settings to act quickly without error correction tape.
We have seen simple, but it uses only what you want, anything can be bypass.
Using the EQ:-15dB + despite announced I feel a lack of efficacy. In reality it lacks the bandwidth, which is very detrimental to balance the sound when you push the power and we must adapt to the room. Especially when trying to reduce medium-acute, it reveals bumps (unfortunately my HP just a bump in the midrange).

Probably inadequate to rock / metal / punk ... because it is made not to saturate the input! Input level a bit low with a passive bass (as usual).

Note that the fan is only triggered if too hot.
Sometimes parasites such HF (annoying but rarely happen, and certainly depending on the environment).
Good connection to the necessary land. Do not skimp on the section of the extension.
Never go below 4 ohms.

This head rack, supplied with brackets 19 "2U.


The sound depends on the enclosure used and bassist. But with such a high quality amplification and also many thoughtful settings (albeit bloated), it is difficult to have a sound pot, apart from the already mentioned bp of a semi-parametric EQ "only".

Perfect for my use, I was looking for a very clean sound.
Style: jazz and song accompaniment / pop / blues / jazz / funk a little.
Powerful enough rehearsals to 5 musicians and small scenes (50 people indoors and an enclosure worthy of the head).

The sound quality is extraordinary, probably not suitable for the rock / metal, because it is almost the stereo. The deep bass and clarity across the spectrum is remarkable.

on the other hand I wonder what is the real power. I feel a 150W at best, far from the advertised 350W (4 ohms).

Enclosure used: Eminence Beta 15 ".. 4 ohm load close 140l + 2 bullet tweeter Not very ordinary, but well suited I tested on a 15" Peavey, excellent quality too (as well as 10 speakers sound "too little strong to withstand all serious).


I use it for more than 2 years.
Other models tested: 3500 Hartke head Ashdown EB 15-220 lite, Ashdown ABM C115 neo, Peavey rumble 100 Hartke 2x12 250W (the old model without HP aluminum which was excellent and not aggressive), Hartke A100 (special metal, saves distortion, yuck ...).

This head is much too expensive for the actual load, it is better to go directly to version 1000.

*** Value / unfavorable power prices. ***

Sound quality absolutely remarkable. Exemplary build quality.
Lightweight and small size (the D is too good).
Bought new at the end of series balance, I do not regret the lack of power.
Note: DI output, FX loop, line out: the sound engineers love it.

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