Crate Power Block

150W Power Amp

Made by Crate

Description From Crate: Another Crate first in guitar amplification! This is a 150 WATT RMS STEREO guitar amp in an amazingly compact package. If you have a modeling guitar preamp/processor, you can use the PowerBlock to amplify your programmed tones for a gig.
Posted By Laura Wilson (448)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 5.0 (of 5)
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On 1/7/2008, Michael Laurance (4040) posted:
Overall Rating:
If this amp were stolen, I'd hunt the guy down and remove his spleen with a salad fork. And yes, I'd buy more. Crate, what were you thinking? Your amps have been garbage forever, you finally hit on a great concept that actually sounds fantastic... and you discontinue it? Are you listening to me? Bring it back.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I was lucky enough to nab one of these when GC was blowing them out. Shame on Crate for not making these anymore! I initially bought this as a backup to my Fender RocPro1000 head, and as a portable head to go with a little Fender 1x12 I have. I soon found it blows any other solid state amp out of the water.
Sound Quality:
When using this with my Pod, I was amazed at how much cleaner and tighter the sound was. With a straight guitar it ok, but the overdrive is lacking a little. Where it really excells is as a stereo power amp. I used this as a PA in a practice setup. I ran a small mixer into it, and then out to 3 monitors. It was clear as a bell!
Ease of Use:
A monkey could make use of the features of this in a few minutes. Which is actually saying a lot, since this amp has a lot of hidden features.
Durability:
I've used this live, I've used it in practice (a lot) and you can't beat it. I've left it in the car for days in the winter, no problem. You can't hurt this little thing. I need a few more...
On 5/22/2006, Laura Wilson (448) posted:
Overall Rating:
I picked up the power block due to it's compact size and great sound. It really kicks for such a small amp. It does exactly what I need it to do and that is amplify my Zoom G7.1ut. And at 72lbs less than my Johnson JM150. I wanted simplicity, light weight, great sound and ease of use. Couldn't find it until this amp came along. For the money you can't go wrong. Especially if you're looking to amplify your modeling pedal. If it were stolen I would definitely get another one maybe even 2. My only beef with this amp is that you can't turn off the speaker emulation. Other than that I would make no changes. I absolutely love this amp and use it as my main. Go check one out you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $199.00 (new)
Where Obtained: AMS
Features:
Class D 150 Watts into 8 Ohms Mono and 75 Watts RMS per side into 4 Ohms; a distortable FlexWave clean channel with gain, level, and 3 Band EQ; guitar input and headphone jack on the front, left, right and mono speaker outputs, stereo RCA CD inputs, an effects loop with left, right and mono line in, and a balanced XLR line out with level control. Front sports the gain, high, mid, low and level. Back sports effects loop, cd input and your power switch & input.
Sound Quality:
I use a Zoom G7.1ut Tube, USB + Exp Pedal. Through a B-52 Cab. My guitars are mainly Godin but I have a Epiphone LP Special II and a Kramer Striker. I play mainly hard rock / metal. This amp has a great tone. In my opinion this should not be used as a stand alone. It's more like a super light and compact Power Amp. But the tone from this amp is top notch. It's the closest to tube I've heard yet from a transistor amp. And that's without my Zoom (w/ tube)hooked up. I actually prefer the sound of this amp and my Zoom over my Johnson JM150. Clean it sounds great even loud. Distorted.... well like I said it's a power amp. But it doesn't have to bad of a light crunch on it's own. It's super quiet and stays cool. Someone else said it perfectly " Its voicing is fenderish for the cleans and low gain sounds and morphs into Mesa Rectifier voicing for the medium gain sounds - huge amounts of bass and rather unrefined. It never really gets into the high-gain category. "
Ease of Use:
Too Simple. There's not a lot to it so there is not much to learn. Just plug in and tweak a couple of knobs for tone and you're off. There's 5 knobs on the front panel: gain, high, mid, low and level. An instrument input and a headphone jack. On the back is your speaker outs (1/4 and XLR), effects loop, cd input and your power switch. That's it. Couldn't get any easier.
Durability:
My four legged kids have knocked it off my amp twice and it's still going strong. I haven't played out with it yet but it seems rock solid.