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Mesa Boogie Subway WD-800 Lightweight Bass Head

Tube Warmth, Tunable Power & Perfect Portability

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Elliot Stent

Mesa Boogie may be most well-known for its guitar amps, but the company's bass amp range is just as highly-regarded. The Subway series leads the lineup, and the WD-800 is the flagship model on offer. Its ergonomic lightweight design, combined with the warmth offered by its single 12AT7 preamp tube makes it a solid choice for the discerning bass player.

In typical Mesa Boogie style, the WD-800 boasts a huge array of tone-shaping controls and features, making it one of the most flexible bass amps available on the market today. With a 6-band semi-parametric EQ section, you have complete control over your sound, while the built-in high-pass filter giving you a even more authority.

The power damping knob is another noteworthy feature, allowing to influence the power response and ultimately change the dynamic feel of the amp. 'Low' offers a boomy bass sound with plenty of tube-like sag, while the 'Tight' setting squeezes the low-end to project a tighter and more focused sound, with plenty of mid-range punch. The 'Medium position gives you the best of both worlds, for a balanced and versatile tone. 

Here's what Mesa Boogie says about the Subway WD-800:

You spoke, we listened. In direct response to player feedback and the longstanding demand for a more powerful version of our WalkAbout™ Bass Head, we’re proud to unveil the latest in the Subway® Bass Amp Line, the WD-800™ Head. This Head combines the warm, soulful sounding magic of the WalkAbout tube preamp section with the musical Class D Output Power used in our Subway Line (D-800™ and D-800+™), to create the ultimate lightweight hybrid.

As in the original, the inspiring round, fat WalkAbout Tone is joined by comprehensive rotary shelving Tone controls and a semi-parametric EQ, giving you total shaping authority in the preamp. The new WD800 also features the Subway D800 Plus’s highly effective HIGH PASS FILTER and a new POWER AMP DAMPING control, which allow tuning of the sub-low frequencies and power response options respectively. The POWER DAMPING choices enable you to tailor the tracking and feel of the power amp. The LOW setting produces a looser, more relaxed and blooming character reminiscent of Tube power. HIGH tightens the low end, adding punch and accuracy in tracking, while MEDIUM provides a blend of these opposite ends of the power response spectrum.

The WD-800 can perform as a stand-alone Head or be mounted in 2 Spaces within standard 19” Racks by attaching the optional Rack Ears (not included). Whether you’re looking for a lightweight new main rig to replace your heavy linear amp with a bigger, wider sound and more complex harmonic content than the lightweight options you’ve tried, or just a compact, portable head for everyday gigging and recording that will fill the room with luscious Tone, the new WD-800 covers bases with power and versatility to spare. Not exactly a WalkAbout or a Subway, but rather everything great about both combined in a super-responsive compact, lightweight, big-power platform, just as you ordered!

Specifications

  • Amp Type: Tube Preamp & Class D Power Amp
  • Chassis Material: Aluminium
  • Preamp Tubes: 1x Mesa 12AT7
  • Power Amp Power Devices: Class D Power Amp
  • Wattage(s) Quick Reference: 800 Watts @ 4 or 2 Ohms / 400 Watts @ 8 Ohms
  • Power Amp Details: Light-Weight, Compact Class D Power Amp with Variable Damping Control, Protection, Limit & 2-Ohm Load LED Indicators
  • Convection or Fan Cooling: Fan Cooled
  • Instrument Input Options: 1x 1/4" with Active/Passive Switch
  • Preamp Details: 2-Stage Class-A Preamp featuring Input Gain with Clip Indicator (O/D LED), Variable High-Pass Filter (25Hz-125Hz), Fully Active 5-Band EQ (+/- 12dB) featuring Bass, Treble and a selectable/bypassable 3-Band Semi-Parametric EQ Sweepable from 80Hz-1KHz, 150Hz-2.5KHz & 300Hz-5KHz respectively, Passive Mid Control & Master Volume
  • Effects Loop: Fully Buffered Series FX Loop
  • Direct Line Output (DI): Balanced XLR Out with Pre/Post, Line/Mic & Ground Lift Switches
  • Tuner Output / Mute: Tuner Output (back panel) with Play/Mute Switch (front panel) and External Mute Switching Jack (back panel) - See "Footswitch" in the Accessories Section for additional options
  • External Switching Jack Options: External Switching Jack for Parametric EQ & Mute (Footswitch Sold Separately)
  • Speaker Outputs: 2 - Speakon Output Jacks (no 1/4" speaker jacks) - 8, 4 or 2 Ohms
  • Headphone Output: Yes
  • Extra Amplifier Features: USB Power Outlet, Headphone Output and Auxiliary Input
  • Slip Cover: Included - Gig Bag with Shoulder Strap

Weight & Dimensions

  • Weight: 7 Lbs.
  • Height: 4"
  • Width: 12"
  • Depth: 11.375"
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