#1
I'm seriously considering splurging on a new 6505 combo. Is there much of a difference in tone from the head?

I would think the combo would sound nicer at a bit lower levels since it's half the wattage but can somebody clarify?

I would not be able to test the combo as my local GC sucks but I have used the head quite a bit and like it.

Does the combo have a nice tight bass response or does it get floppy at high volume.

Also; are the speakers passable or would I need to swap them to get any kind of decent sound.


Thanks!

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Rig:
Schecter Hellraiser FR
Peavey 6505 Head
Vader 4x12
BBE 482

DOD EQ
Boss NS-2
#2
I owned a 5150 Combo and much prefer the head to it now.

The combo is biased warmer out of the factory so can sound better than a stock head with the matching cab. However, the speakers in the combo are pretty crappy imo and the head version sounds MUCH better with a nice 2x12 under it instead. With a bias mod, the head will sound even better, turning the bias up a bit to run the tubes a little hotter.

If wattage is what concerns you, the head's two outer or inner tubes can be pulled from it and your cab's ohms cut in half (ie: Your cab is 16 ohms, you plug it into the 8ohm out on the head), and it becomes 60W.
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#3
I'm not actually concerned with wattage I was just wondering if the Combo would be easier to crank to tube saturation. I'm most concerned with a tight bass response.

I have a very limited budget and just can't afford a 6505 1/4 stack. I've been checking craigslistings for months and just don't see anything that interesting so that's why I'm considering the combo.
Rig:
Schecter Hellraiser FR
Peavey 6505 Head
Vader 4x12
BBE 482

DOD EQ
Boss NS-2
#4
Quote by UrzasJ00rMom
I'm not actually concerned with wattage I was just wondering if the Combo would be easier to crank to tube saturation. I'm most concerned with a tight bass response.

I have a very limited budget and just can't afford a 6505 1/4 stack. I've been checking craigslistings for months and just don't see anything that interesting so that's why I'm considering the combo.
If you want a tight bass response, you shouldn't want tube saturation because that will loosen it.

And +1 to MatrixClaw, whatever he said.
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#5
Quote by MatrixClaw
I owned a 5150 Combo and much prefer the head to it now.

The combo is biased warmer out of the factory so can sound better than a stock head with the matching cab. However, the speakers in the combo are pretty crappy imo and the head version sounds MUCH better with a nice 2x12 under it instead. With a bias mod, the head will sound even better, turning the bias up a bit to run the tubes a little hotter.

If wattage is what concerns you, the head's two outer or inner tubes can be pulled from it and your cab's ohms cut in half (ie: Your cab is 16 ohms, you plug it into the 8ohm out on the head), and it becomes 60W.

This. I replaced the stock speakers with two I snatched out of a brand new Vader cab. (They are custom V12 Legends) and put new tubes in it (JJ's from Eurotubes) and WoW. It sounds like two sledgehammers pounding the floor at a post of 3. I absolutely love it. I highly recommend the combo.