Peavey Headliner 410 Review – Power on Budget

Is it possible to purchase a worthy amplifier without spending tones of money on it? Well, if you choose the correct manufacturer and the correct device, you`ll not spend extra on what you do not need.

Peavey Electronics

The history of Peavey electronics starts in 1957, when young Hartley Peavey, who was a student of the engineering college at that time  modified his acoustic guitar to an electric version.

8 years he started the company by himself. Although 60`s were rough times for small private frims, Peavey Electronics managed to survive them, mostly because of how popular the company`s production was. Hartley Peavey never joined any bigger manufacturer, nor sold any shares. He`s always been taking all the decisions by himself.

His decisions continue being really successful up till this day. Peavey Electronics is known worldwide and owns several brands, like Trace Elliot, Buddha Amplification and many others. Original Peavey amplifiers are still being produced however, and remain really popular. Let us take a look at one of them, Headliner 410.

Technical Characteristics

Before learning specific features of this amplifier, let us look through some general information about it. Knowing such things as weight, physical dimensions and parameters of durability are always helpful while planning a studio, transportation or even performances.

The WeightPeavey Headliner 410 weighs 72 pounds (which is 32.6 in kilogramms). That`s an average weight for a classical bass amplifier. Once installed it doesn`t bother you, but carrying this one around might be difficult.
The DimensionsThis amplifier is 27’’ * 27’’ * 23’’ inches (which is 700*700*582 in millimeters). Not the smallest thing in the World of amplifiers, but I`m pretty sure, that any studio (even home ones) has enough place for a thing like this.
The MaterialPeavey electronics has always been known for how durable its` production is. Headliner 410`s body is made of 18 mm thick MDF, has steel corners (which is good both in terms of durability and convinience). The front is covered with drilled metallic grille.

Okay, so that now you imagine how much place this one will occupy and how much strength you`ll need to carry it, let us check some more specific characteristics.

Sound-producing Mechanism

Speaker and Drivers

Peavey headliner has four 10’’ custom designed ceramic magnet woofers. They work at 800 watts power, with 1600 watt at the very peak. The nominal impedance in this case will be 8 ohms. This level of power is enough to produce sound at 200 dB (which is like standing really close to plane starting off).

Inputs and  Outputs

Amplifier has two ¼ inputs and one NL4 pin, which provides a high flexibility. It is possible to stack this amplifier with different devices from the series or to connect it to multiple mobile devices for singing or playing along.

The manufacturer himself claims, that the amplifier has some specific features. Before checking the results of sound test out, let us devote several minutes to learning what engineers from Peavey Electronics themselves think is especially worth attention.

The Features

Super Durable Body

I`ve never seen any other company paying as much attention to durability as Peavey Electronics does. MDF, being a durable material by itself , has steel parts and a thick metal grille, that protects the speakers. No other amplifier can survive hard road as good as Headliners.

NL 4 Pin receptacle

NL 4 Pin is not what you usually in budget amplifiers. It enlarges flexibility levels a lot, making it possible to connect the device to many instruments and use it along with different amplifiers from the series.

High power for low cost

4*10’’ speakers with the peak of 1600’’ watt can really provide fat bassline. The price is affordable, it`s true. So, yes, Peavey Headliner 410 does provide a lot of power for not so much money.

Andrew, 40, Sound Engineer

  • Flexibility of connection is an important parameter, that somehow receives very little attention. I believe, that being able to connect your device to others without limitations is even more important than having a lot of adjustability and power. The more combinations you can get, the more unique the final result will be.

Well, now you basically  know all the theoretical part about this amplifier. That time has come to take a look at how it acts in real life.

Sound Test

Manufacturer doesn`t say too much positive things about this very amplifier. All, that it is possible to find can be said in two words: powerful and reliable. Well, this is what Headliner 410 indeed is. I rate it 8 out of 10, and here is why:

Advantages

  • Very powerful sound

While being on the peak, this amplifier can easily outvolume a loud drums player (which is not that easy to do, you know). But even in the average mode, with half of its` peak power it still provides really great sounds.

  • High quality of sound

Loud amplifiers usually sound really distorted. This is not the case. The bass notes are tight and sealed. It honestly feels, like each note is being rendered in a really precise manner.

Disadvantages

  • No tweeter

It might look like a really serious downside, but in reality four woofers provide such juicy and great sound, that lack of tweeter is not noticeable almost at all. However, I still think, that having one would have been much better.

  • John,  26, Bass guitarist

There is a joke that goes:

What do members of band think about during the performance?

Drummer: I`ll need to try hard to play that complicated rhythm in the next verse perfectly.

Vocalist: I need to sing more emotionally.

Leading guitarist: I gotta get ready to that riff.

Bass guitarist: I wonder which song we are performing right now.

I mean, playing bass isn`t that hard after all, and your mistakes will probably remain unnoticed, so don`t worry too much about the equipment use. The more powerful it is – the better.

Summing things up, I should say that Peavey Headliner 410 mini is a great choice for both the bands and solo performing players. It is both powerful enough for making loud sounds in front of audience and subtle enough for letting you feel, whether the play process is going correctly. However, to make the playing process as correct as possible, following items should be used.

Related Products

An amplifier by itself isn`t everything, that a good player needs. Some related stuff is required, for making the experience as full as possible.

Behringer Ultrabass BXD3000This is an ultra compact bass amplifier, which can be used both by itself, or stacked with Headliner. It is good for when you need to travel (weighing 8 pounds only it fits in any travel bag perfectly) and when you need to apply some subtle sound adjustment. Power of full-sized sound amplifier combined with seven-band EQ with FBQ Spectrum Analyzer and distortion control level provides some fresh experience.
A pack of cables and wiresIt doesn`t have a unique name, so I`ll just leave an Amazon link here, but the pack includes pretty much everything you will need during using this amplifier. There are AWG cables of high quality with professional construction, which will be basically connect everything to everything to everything for you.

I will not be recommending guitars, as I am pretty sure, that you already have one. There are more things, that could improve the comfort of playing process, like headphones and preamps, but they are so much unrelated to this topic, that we`ll discuss them in different review.

Conclusion

In case you want to get back to learning this information once more, but do not want to save the whole review, here is the shortcut of the most important moments:

  • Peavey Electronics is the oldest American sound engineering company, of those directed by the single owner. It`s production has always been know for reliability and quality.
  • Headliner 410 is a great and powerful bass amplifier, which is good both in home studios and recording centres.
  • There is a lot of decent amplifiers in this price range, so my recommendation is simply to choose one, building your opinion around the feedbacks.

Finally, I should say that having a decent amplifier isn`t as important as being able to play the guitar nicely. So, instead of thinking too much about which amplifier to purchase, grab the first one you can afford and start practicing a lot.

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