D-200 Review

manufacturer: Phil Jones Bass date: 07/25/2008 category: Bass Amplifiers
Phil Jones Bass: D-200
For those of you out there still searching for that perfect punchy, clear sound, your search is over!
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 8
 Features: 9
 Overall rating:
 8.6 
 Reviewer rating:
 9 
 Users rating:
 8.1 
 Votes:
 10 
review (1) 6 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 9
D-200 Reviewed by: UG Team, on july 25, 2008
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Price paid: $ 479

Sound: Despite their diminutive size, both the 8B and D-200 manage to pack an unbelievable punch. The D-200's 5 band EQ and limiter combination make it one of the most sonically versatile amplifiers on the market. From booming lows, to gut wrenching mids, to crystal clear highs, and everywhere in between this amp will take you there. These sounds are blasted out by the eight five inch speakers, all with stunning clarity and punch. The combination of amp and cabinet are incredibly brilliant, in sound as well as mind. The most significant problem that it has is in being too bright. Never before this cabinet have I had to dial down the high knobs, but I found my self cutting out the highs and a little bit of the high mid. However with this adjustment made the high's become very pleasant and the cabinet continues to bark. // 10

Reliability & Durability: Overall both units seem very strong and durable. However there are two points that could develop into problems as time goes on. The first of these problems is on the 8B. The cabinet is a tilt back design that has casters. As another convenience it has a telescoping handle. However the metal that the handle is constructed out of seems to be rather weak, and seems like it would break with even light use. The second problem of the units lies in the D-200. The top of the unit has a lot of play up and down. This could prove to be a problem later on in it's life, but for now it keeps the dust off the top, and isn't really an issue. // 8

Overall Impression: With the introduction of their NEO-Power cabinets, PJB promised the world of electric bass a revolution. They, unlike many companies today, practice what they preach. Both the cabinet and amp weigh next to nothing compared to their peers, but yet they still offer an incredible range of sonic possibilities. While the amp lacks power and punch for more than a practice, this is more than compensated for by the crystal clear sound generated by the 8B. If you are stuck in the 60's and still value a pile of thick bass glob that nobody can hear, much less understand, then this amp is not for you. However for those of you out there still searching for that perfect punchy, clear sound, your search is over. // 9


- Nicholas Cole-Klaes (c) 2008

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