iGuitar reviews the TTE 500 and New York 151 RJ

Nov. 2, 2011, midnight

iGuitar has reviewed the TTE 500 and New York 151 RJ (including a video review), and here are some highlights:

"Markbass hasn’t rested on its laurels and is always pushing new ideas and products... This latest addition to the Markbass line up gets star treatment with the Randy Jackson signature amplifier and cabinet... I won’t insult your intelligence by explaining that Randy Jackson has much more of a career under his belt than being ‘that TV program judge’ and if anyone should put their name to an amp for knowing what they are talking about when it comes to playing and tone, then Randy Jackson is as good as any."

"I liked the way that even my quietest playing appeared louder through the speaker. I’ve noticed this phenomenon with some valve pre amplifiers before and this one makes sure you hear every note. Dynamics are great and I know I could have pushed the little stack to the point that my camera guys would have had to wince a bit."

"In transit, the head has a good quality handle to carry with on the right hand side and the almost unbelievable 6 Kg weight will make carting this little chap a total breeze. Looking at the prices of valve amplifier equivalents, this model should definitely be on your list to take a look at."

"Moving on to the Randy Jackson signature cabinet: ...Weighing in at a mere 17 kgs it’s another easy ‘one man lift’ – in fact I could quite see it being possible to put a bass bag on your back with all the leads in, amp head in one hand and pretty much the cabinet in the other."

"The tweeter is clear and not at all harsh at higher volumes in our studio tests. The 15” speaker is punchy and as I’d said earlier has been voiced to have a better top end making it sound clearer and more usable in conjunction with the tweeter. Certainly for solo playing or work ‘north of the border’ up the ‘dusty end’ of the fretboard we were rewarded with a nice rounded tone."

"The Markbass stack as a unit is a well rounded rig that I think would be great for club and jazz gigs and studio sessions as it is clear and articulate. I’d expect that that the tone connoisseur will appreciate having the whole rig at their disposal, though I especially liked the TTE500 head for its no nonsense layout and all valve preamp. I’d be rather tempted to crank it to see how it behaves with a pair of 4x10s! I think it’d be able to handle itself just fine."

View the full review--including a video--here.

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