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OriginAL Head 300 Watt Bass Amplifier Head

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OriginAL Head

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The OriginAL clinches the key fundamentals of everything that makes a great bass amp. This lightweight, portable and stripped back bass amp head takes Ashdown back to the origin of their Tone.

Starting from the top, a passive/active switch determines the whether the amp is being used with a high or low output instrument and sets a clear signal path to the input control. From here, the player can fine-tune their input level using Ashdown’s trademark VU meter, which takes pride of place at the very centre of the amp head.

Simple yet Powerful EQ

With the signal at its optimal level, you then hit a defined set of features designed enhance your tone. The OriginAL features a tried and tested 5-band EQ, controlling your traditional bass, middle and treble with a lo-mid and hi-mid sitting comfortably either side of the variable middle control. The additional Shape control further sculpts your tone, lifting the frequencies that really count – like a smiley face on a graphic equalizer.

Tonally Connected

The output control regulates the output volume of the amp and wrapping up the features on the front panel is an easy to reach DI output, as well as an independent FX send and return, which allows the amp to set a very clear signal path with no interruptions.

Create the Perfect Rig

To the rear of this condensed unit is a very well considered headphone out, which doubles this gig-ready head as a great home practice device. 2 x jack speaker outputs with a minimum 4 ohm load provides flexible partnering options with Ashdown’s existing range of bass cabinets.

Ready for the Road

The OriginAL is a rugged little go-getter, using scuff proof paint over its steel & aloy chassis. Retaining a nice yet practical weight to it, with quality feeling control pots, The OriginAL is built to last a lifetime. Offered with a 5 year warranty, The OriginAL comes complete with auto protect voltage for global touring musicians and an adaptive temperature controlled fan for road and studio use.

OriginAL Head Specifications

Power Output 300 Watts
Power Requirement 115 - 230 Volts
Speaker Outputs 2 x Jack
High Instrument Input Impedance 3.9m Ohms, input range 150mV - 20mV p-p
Low Instrument Input Impedance - 1M ohms Input range 150mv to 10v p - p
Line Input Impedance 10k Ohms, input range 300mV - 40V p-p
DI Output 600 Ohm balanced / Level -20dBu nominal
Impedance Minimum 4 Ohm
Signal to noise Better than 80dB (EQ flat)
EQ Bass +/-15dB @ 100Hz Lo Mid +/-15dB @ 220Hz Middle +/-15dB @ 660Hz Hi Mid +/-15dB @ 1.6kHz Treble +/-15dB @ 7kHz
Effects Send impedance 22k Ohm / Level 0dBu nominal
Effects Return impedance 22k Ohm / Level 0dBu nominal
Weight (kg) 2.4kg