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PowerBlock, Solid-State Guitar Amp Head from Crate.


7 user reviews
Find it in the classifieds starting at $135 avg used price: $166

Crate PowerBlock tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Crate
  • Model:PowerBlock
  • Category:Solid-State Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on:01/27/2005

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User Reviews Crate PowerBlock

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 3 reviews43 %
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Eroachguitar10/01/2012

Eroachguitar's review"Best backup head of them all!"

Crate PowerBlock
Crate has been more or less synonymous (for good or bad) with solid state guitar amplification for over two decades. It would make sense then, that they know a thing or two about making them sound good. In some cases yes, and in some cases not so much.

The PowerBlock is very much a case of the yes. It's a small unit, with a heat-sink style top, pushing 150 solid-state watts mono or 75 watts per-side stereo, and it also features XLR line out w/ level control and stereo cd inputs. It works with any standard rated guitar cabinet, operating easily on 4 to 16 ohms, and can drive multiple cabinets with no problems.

Oh, and there's even a headphone jack on the front for you bedroom players.

UTILIZATION

The PowerBlock is very simple to operate, and features Gain, Bass, Treble, Mid, and volume controls. It's very well built, and comes with a soft travel case with a side pocket for storing cables, pics, and whatever frilly undergarments fly up onto the stage during the course of a show.

SOUNDS

Many people are surprised by the quality of the tone available in the Crate PowerBlock, and indeed it doesn't respond or sound much like a solid-state amp, thanks to Crate's tube response-replicating technology. It actually sounds very akin to a big, loud Fender Twin Reverb. The touch sensitivity, compression, and soundstage are impressive. The EQ controls are very responsive, since this is still a solid-state amp, and volume and EQ behave more linearly with the power transistors.

OVERALL OPINION

The Crate PowerBlock gets a huge, clean sound, up into a not-unpleasant mild overdrive. It takes pedals very well, and fellow players will be shocked at the tone you're able to evoke from this little monster. At 150 watts peak power, it can keep up with and even overpower the rest of the band in some cases, all in a package that's smaller than a loaf of bread and weighs merely 5lbs. It's small enough to easily fit in the overhead compartment of a plane if you're gigging overseas, plus it operates on 100v-240VAC, so there is no need for a voltage converter.

The PowerBlock is currently discontinued, but rumors abound of a new model emerging in the next year, so be sure to check it out when they do hit stores. The Crate PowerBlock makes a fine backup or travel amp head for those who need great tone, horsepower, and durability in a small format.
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themaddog06/18/2011

themaddog's review"Packs a mean punch for the size"

Crate PowerBlock
This is a 150 watt solid state amplifier that can be run in mono or stereo. It uses the standard 1/4" guitar cable jacks with an auxiliary section with RCA inputs to plug in a CD or MP3 player. There is a headphone output, a balanced line out, and the amplifier has controls for gain, low, mid, high, and output level. There is also an effects loop. The main appeal of the amp is it's very small, very light-weight size.

UTILIZATION

The controls are very simple to use, and it provides a decent sound at full, loud volumes quite easily. I don't think I've ever needed to crack open the manual for this amp.

SOUNDS

The tone out of this amplifier is decent, but relatively flat due to the limited controls. It's basically got the same tone as a small practice amp, only on a much more powerful scale. It is fairly quiet and doesn't produce much hiss. However, if pedals or other pre-amp equipment is placed in front of this amp or as part of its effects loop, the tone vastly improves. At this point, the PowerBlock essentially becomes a cheap power amp.

OVERALL OPINION

The main appeal of this amp is its very compact size and weight. Because of this, it makes an excellent backup amp, which is what I used it for when gigging. Fortunately I never needed to use it live because my main rig never went down. I have used it in practice through a half-stack and a 1x12 combo and it works well, so long as effects equipment is used on the front-end for tone shaping.

I've never had any problems with the amplifier. In all honesty, with the right front-end effects gear, 90% of the audience probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference in tone between using this amplifier or a high-end amplifier like a Mesa Boogie.
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Nic0207/08/2006

Nic02's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crate PowerBlock
For the character's and rglages, I refer you to the official website ...
The 150w and 75w are 2 times Submitted, we get along well!
The big highlight is the sr weight and height of the vehicle, 2.5 kilograms and few prs the size of a pod.
It supports 110 and 220v, practice.
J'apprcie what really is the fact that you can connect a stro prampli and thus "bypass" SETTING THE all the front panel. Bother to ask whether it is necessary to rework his prampli SETTING THE SETTING THE with the amp, which is the fate of his prampli amplifipeut just be a little color but very little, vrifier with more time spent playing it).

UTILIZATION

Very easy (euphmisme. ..) use, or you plug a guitar into it and thanks the technology WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) it's easily the RULES (d ground for redundancy, p) or it goes through a prampli. In the latter case is all about prampli RULES. The manual is clear and succinic nothing to write a novel about this amp ...

SOUNDS

My config: line 6 4x12 cabinet, guitar luthier and type PRS LTD MHB-400, pod xt live.
The sounds are clean honntes and can relatively easily according to their fawns sound and DSIR gots the time. Clean the quality but it remains in the world of transistors ... it's good but not as fat and alive than the lamps Obviously.
The crunch are saturated trs good quality and the gain will lead to much satursans reach mtal however). I quite agree with his leplussauvage when compared to the JCM 2000 (me too I got a, p). For some extreme styles (from mtal ...), it will add pedals or other prampli.
If you plug a prampli Stros in the entries, the amp controls are inactive and we are left with the sound of his prampli inaltr.

OVERALL OPINION

I did not long ago and I will correct the notice if ncessaire. It's a good little amp that will satisfy the budget and users who like practical things.
Which is really what are its capabilities, headphone amp home power amplifier or simply amp for rpt, XLR outputs with adjustable level for home studio or live application, compact and ger, sounds very convincing (but still ...). transistor
Caution should not expect the soft lights but still really good especially the price trs l
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efabric11/10/2006

efabric's review(This content has been automatically translated from French)

Crate PowerBlock
Transistor amplifier with speaker simulation circuit at the inputs and loop pramp.

2 * 75 @ 4 Ohm or 8 Ohm 1x150 @
It is powerful enough cable to my HP dssouder the only time I pushed a little.
There's way to much nerver everyone with a 150W 2x12 '

Between the mono pramp
Effect loop jacks Stereo 2 mono or 1 Stereo jack
Insert CD 2RCA
Line out with level CONTRL
Stereo headphones

Gain, Low, Mid, High, Level: Each well influence the sound.
While the rest of a transistor, but I like the sound of crunchy gain knob bottom.

UTILIZATION

Simple, indeed ...
The sound is good even if there is a sharp buzz ds ignition.
There's no native 36 sounds but not sounds good.
The manual is the wiring INTERESTED simulations of HP.

SOUNDS

It takes a multi-effect or distortion for Exceeds the crunch.
I also play an active low D / P and groove! Ms. ultrabass of the v-amp go out too rough, tell it! I would not say that I have not provided a fat ...
Complterais I use, but I recommend bte indniablement very practical. A test coupled with a prampli lamps ...
Really super versatile ...

OVERALL OPINION

I've had two weeks
It's still a bit noisy, but I do not have excellent cables either ...
It has the PCHE, no doubt, but I have not tried outdoors.
I have not tried other, trs subjective opinion.
Report quality unbeatable price and issue size / weight is the best!
Obviously I would do this choice and I recommend you also do whatever instrument amplifier!

EDIT
I have four years now, and I'm only rgler the problem of acute buzz of a ground loop in faade. Insulate the instrument jacks and headphones with tflon and seal the faucet to the rear faade! It's worth it! on the other hand, it's not whisper quiet either. I always have a lightweight wind output, but much less Gnant the buzz before!
I also use it for my home studio, the mixing desk in between line and two passive monitors behringer output. For this use would be missing even when a volume of entries and symtriques ... But adpanne!
It really is super flexible and convenient.
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