« Better than Fender Rumble 15. »Published on 11/01/11 at 10:55
TransTube emulation circuitry
Modern/vintage voicing switch
Small, compact, lightweight cabinet.
The Max 158 Bass amp is supremely easy to use. It's not rocket surgery here, folks! Plug in, turn some knobs, and play for hours. It's a great little practice amp that makes getting a good tone a very simple process. The addition of a CD or MP3 input and headphone jack are welcome additions that I feel should be standard on all practice amps nowadays. It doesn't get earth-shakingly loud, but its just 15 watts.
This amp is very easy to get a good sound from. The EQ is super responsive, and the addition of a Vintage/Modern voicing switch helps a ton! I can make the amp growl a bit like an old Motown record, or I can get crystal clarity. This is something I griped about a bit on another amp - the Fender Rumble 15 - that amp doesn't have a voicing or drive circuit, and it costs about $70 US more than the Peavey, with similar features. I think the sounds that can be gotten from the Peavey Max 158 Bass amp are highly worth it.
For under a Ben Franklin, this amp works wonders. It is very small, lightweight, durable, and gets loud enough to be heard. It won't compete with a drum set, but it is not designed to do that. For sitting in a bedroom, tour bus, backstage, or small practice studio, this amp certainly gets the job done, and is fun enough to include a bit of options as far as what the bass tone sounds like. That voicing switch is pretty cool, and makes this amp a winner. I highly recommend this amp.