Andy Hunt of Matrix develop the new GT1600, a 1600 watt (bridged mono @ 8 ohms) power amp, part of Matrixs' successful family of GT series, Class A/B output power amps designed for guitarists wanting ultra lightweight, linear, high powered rack mounted amps for use with modelling and pre amp solutions as well as slave amping and wet dry wet rigs. These amps are gathering a large following with many players ditching their heavy and expensive valve power amps in favour of a back and wallet saving solution that has zero maintenance (no expensive tubes to buy) and a sound that many players feel rivals if not betters that of their existing tube power amps. Even venerable players like Steve Stevens and Megadeth's Chris Broderick to name two, have taken the GT series to the heart of their rigs, with Steve in particular, replacing the H/H V800 power amps he's used for the last 20 years in favour of the Matrix offerings.
So thats the pedigree, what's the GT1600 and why on earth that much power?Bass players are no strangers to high powered amps for their low end needs and have regularly used PA amps as part of their rigs along with a pre amp to shape their sound. Power amp ratings may sound huge on the box but usually when you get to the ohmages that we as guitarist are used to, these large figures drop to a more manageable level. The GT 1600 is no exception giving 800 watts a side at 4 ohms in stereo mode, 480 watts a side at 8 ohms and 240 watts a side in stereo at 16 ohms. Bridged mono modes are 1.6kw at 8 ohms and 960 watts at 16 ohms. Compared to other power amps on the market this gives a player unrivalled power for most cab solutions as well as giving clean headroom. This amp isn't just for bassists though. Guitarists who need to drive higher rated speaker cabs or 7,8 and 9 string players needing to take advantage of high powered subs will also find the GT1600 to their liking. The amp delivers this power in a 2U rack mount format at an unbelievable 4.7kgs in weight. The amp is kept cool via the use of an ultra quiet 80mm fan, silent enough for studio use if needed but providing excellent airflow under the most demanding of stage situations.
Connections on the GT1600 are via Neutrix combi 1/4" XLR input jacks and combi speakon 1/4" output jacks which give the player maximum flexibility with a wide range of products. Like all the GT amps the amp has stereo mode where channel A and B inputs feed outputs A and B respectively, Parallel mode where the input of channel A feeds both output A and B, obviously useful when feeding the amp a mono signal but wanting to use say a 4 ohm cab and an 8 ohm cab without linking them or rewiring or providing cabs with the same mono signal. Bridged mode completes the switching options which enables the dedicated bridged output socket on the rear of the unit.
Front panel controls on the amp are simple, with just the power button which provides soft start and the channel volumes providing minimal user interaction. A set of display lights give power on, bridged mode, protect and mono status whilst the signal lights near the volume controls give an indication of varying stages of output level. Along with the rest of the Matrix catalogue, the amp feautures standard protection circuitry in line with other amps of this quality.
Whether you're a guitarist or bassist driving traditional backline, or high powered passive full range cabs, the GT1600FX will deliver the sound, power and quality you're after.