Ashdown EB 15-180 Combo
Ashdown EB 15-180 Combo

EB 15-180 Combo, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Ashdown in the Electric Blue series.

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iamqman 09/03/2011

Ashdown EB 15-180 Combo : iamqman's user review

« Decent tone but not ABM »

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Ashdown amplification has been known for creating some of the best and solid bass tones in the industry. They have a great high performance and high-value amplifiers and speaker cabinets that has been able to be on stage for basically just about every genre of music. What is great about their amplifiers it is that they are very user-friendly and they're extremely versatile from genre to genre of music.

This is an amplifier there's more budget friendly for the bass player in mind. It contains a 1x 15 inch speaker and it has 180 W of power. That's still quite a bit of a pat lot power for a small little combo. So you can get some great tones and very loud tones with this combination. The tone of it is very Ashdown and the control knob and EQ knobs present themselves right line with the rest of the Ashdown product line. This is a fully loaded but very user-friendly and easy amplifier.


Power Output (RMS) 180W
Power Requirement 230 /115v
Speaker Configuration 1 x 15" BlueLine speaker
Frequency Response -3dB at 33Hz and 25KHz
Speaker Outputs 2 x Jack Outputs
High Instrument Input Impedance 3.9MOhms / Input range 150mV - 20V p-p
Low Instrument Input Impedance 10KOhms / Input range 300mV - 40V p-p
Line Input Impedance 22k Ohms / Input level 0dBu nominal
DI Output 600 Ohms balanced / Level -20dBu nominal
Tuner Output Impedance 22k Ohms / Level 0dBu nominal
Impedance 8 ohm
Output 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 shelving
Deep +8dB @ 50Hz
Bright +10dB @ 10kHz
Effects Send Impedance 22k Ohms / Level 0dBu nominal
Effects Return Impedance 22k Ohms / Level 0dBu nominal
Distortion Less than 0.5% THD
H x W x D (mm) 581 x 474 x 300
Weight (kg) 29


The tone of this amplifier is extremely good. One of things that really draws me to the Ashdown base amplifiers is their compression knobs and their subharmonic knobs. This gives you such a great versatility over your tone to better match the guitars that you're using and any other effects pedals or rack units that you might be using in conjunction with your bass amplifier. When you dial in some of the growl and compression to this and you can get a good driving overdrive tone similar to a power tube section of a guitar amplifier. Even though this amplifier does not have power tubes in it the compression gives you the sense of the overdrive and focus that you would get out of the punchy powered tube guitar amplifier.

This amp uses 8 ohms of power and it can go all the way down to 4 ohms which gives you a good thundering low response. You can also run the speaker outputs Avenue of the back of the app into a larger speaker cabinet if you so please. And I can't forget about the line input and direct output which gives you the ability to use this in free direct live recording or by passing the speakers any gigging situation and going directly into the house system. This is a great feature and is mostly common on many base amplifiers at this price range and user range.


This amplifier can be found used for ride around $450 which is a pretty fair price when you get it has a great sound and is very usable in most guitar music in applications. This is aunt that is pretty lightweight since it's only 29 pounds so it can go to gig to gig very easily with you. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a small and budget friendly bass guitar amplifier.