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Keeping your amp reliable
Reliability should be the last thing on your mind, but sadly things go wrong with amps. Peavey have addressed this with the MiniMAX. It's loaded with DDT (Distortion Detection Technology) - a compressor that kicks in when your bass starts to clip and if pushed too hard, turns off the amp to protect it. It’s a brilliant feature that will save your amp from the odd mishap and keep it working for as long as you need it – feel reassured, night after night.
A multitude of tones
Not satisfied with just doing one thing right, the MiniMAX also offers a plethora of quality voices! It's got a simple and very intuitive three-band EQ section, but with some clever features thrown in allowing for a multitude of tonal options. It features ‘punch’, ‘mid-shift’, and ‘bright’ buttons.
With the 'punch' engaged, there is a notable bloom at 100hz which adds more weight and bass presence. The ‘mid-shift’ will give your amp a very different sonic character. It allows you to toggle between 250hz and 600hz - which determines the frequencies the ‘middle’ knob controls. Finally, the 'bright' switch. This will add more top end definition and note clarity – it’s perfect for more complex playing styles.
Low down and dirty
Sub harmonically low. The Peavey MiniMAX boasts a subharmonic synth which adds a sonorous and impactful bass one octave below what you are playing. It then blends that with your clean signal which results in phat bass weight that retains clarity without detriment to your speaker – it is a masterful achievement. Not just useful for Dub, Reggae, and R’n’B styles - this could quite easily be implemented anywhere. Mixing this up with the TransTube engaged you can create tones that teeter on absolute sonic devastation. Or used subtly, you can cradle your sound with beautiful and warm harmonic overtones.
Pushing tech to perfection
Transistor amps used to be referred to as sterile, but the Peavey MiniMAX couldn’t be further away from that label. The TransTube technology helps give a natural tube-like feel to this solid state amp. It is tech that has been continually developed and perfected to the point that in a double-blind test, professional musicians were unable to pick Peavey's transistor-based amp over boutique valve amplifiers (Spend a moment looking this up on YouTube - it’s amazing).
Play in silence
The AUX input and the headphone output can be used together to play along to your favourite songs without annoying anyone else around you. This is very useful for practicing at night or for expressing new ideas that come to you wherever you are with your amp.
A top quality FX loop
FX loops are especially helpful if you run the amp with gain and distortion tones. It lets effects like choruses, flangers, delays, and reverb to be heard a lot cleaner as they are going straight through to the power amp. It eliminates them becoming distorted and muddy – perfect for prog aficionados and shoegazers alike.
The effects loop is post EQ, meaning that the tone you set on your amp is the signal that will pass through your effects loop - blending with your playing seamlessly. If you wanted a separate EQ it would be as easy as placing an EQ pedal in the FX loop - simple.
DI for the stage or DI for the desk?
Practical and useful! The MiniMAX features a great DI which allows you to either engage the EQ section of your amp or bypass it. This is useful for a host of different applications. With the EQ engaged, it is great for recording the tone of your amp. And live it is useful to disengage it so sound engineers have a cleaner signal to work with. Granted, it isn’t the most exciting feature - but it’s something you won’t do without again.
Power Output: 500 Watts into 4 ohms (minimum load)
Power Requirement: 115 - 230 Volts
Speaker Outputs: 2 x ¼” twist lock connectors
Frequency Response: -3dB an 17Hz und 30kHz
Inputs: 2x (passive and active)
Line Input: Impedance 22k Ohms / Input level 0dBu nominal
DI Output: XLR balanced with switchable pre/post EQ
Line Voltage: Switchable 220-240v and 120v
Impedance: Minimum 4 Ohms
Effects loop: Post EQ
Packed H x W x D (cm): 136.576 x 27.94 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 3.95