CMD 102P review by Markbass

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.9 (20 votes)
Markbass: CMD 102P
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Price paid: £ 999

Purchased from: DV247

Sound — 10
WOW! It's a beast, a virtual sheep in wolves clothing. A wide variation in tone can be dialled in from bright to thick rich tones with TONS of bottom end. The filters offer a further variation of thickness and brightness. At high settings and extreme treble settings some hiss is evident from the tweeter but only noticeable during silence, no problem. There's tons of preamp headroom and overdrive is not really an option.

Overall Impression — 10
This is a professional piece of equipment that carries a high price tag but it will blow you away and is worth every penny. It's perfect for rehearsal and small to medium venues but an extension 8ohm cab would be handy for really "blow away" volume and also raise it from the floor. It's weight is a huge advantage making it extremely portable and can be used as easily indoors as well as at a gig. I love it and would get another if something happened to it.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Well built with strong metal grille and a carpet or felt type covering. This combo has been used at high levels many times and has perform faultlessly. The case is strong and well made and has been durable, no problems here. The compactness and design of the amplifier might suggest that if it were to fail it would be impossible to repair due to its switching supply and surface mounted components and become scrap. That's modern technology for you. So far it's worked perfectly for many hours.

Features — 7
Bought this combo beginning 2010 so owned it around 18 months now. This is a professional bass amp and expensive, but it's worth it. This is a single channel transistor amp combo made in Italy with four tone controls, also a variable high filter (for Vintage tones) and a variable scoop. Has XLR DI out (variable on front), effects loop (parallel), tuner out plus a balanced XLR IP (unusual) plus usual 1/4" jack IP. Don't be fooled by this size and weight of this rig, it's immensely powerful and produces she'd loads of bottom end, incredible! The amplifier is capapable of 500W in 4 ohms and runs 300W into the internal 2x10" 8ohm neodymium magnet loudspeakers, there's a tweeter too. This amp is light and I would guess is around 40lbs and can be carried with one hand! Has an angled back corner to allow tipping back like a monitor speaker. To access the back of the amp the top cover is removable to make things easier.

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    Ibeanez
    A sheep in wolves clothing? Judging by the rest of the review, I think that's backwards. Anyway these amps always get stellar reviews. The only thing I hate is the color scheme.
    GS LEAD 5
    Ibeanez wrote: A sheep in wolves clothing? Judging by the rest of the review, I think that's backwards. Anyway these amps always get stellar reviews. The only thing I hate is the color scheme.
    Hey, Yellow is the new Orange