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Subway WD-800 Bass Head w/Tube Pre

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Subway WD-800 Bass Head w/Tube Pre

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Subway WD-800 Bass Head w/Tube Pre
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The Subway WD800 Bass Head combines the warm, soulful sounding magic of the WalkAbout tube preamp section with the musical Class D Output Power used in MESA's 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 Pluss 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!

Features

  • Wattage: 800 Watts @ 4 or 2 Ohms / 400 Watts @ 8 Ohms

  • Power Amp Type: Light-Weight Class D Power Amp & 8/4 or 2 Ohm Impedance Switch & Variable Damping Control

  • Preamp: 2-Stage Class A Vacuum Tube Preamp w/ 1x Mesa 12AT7

  • EQ / Dynamics Control: 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, and a Passive Mid Control

  • Footswitchable Functions: External Switching Jack for Parametric EQ & Mute (Footswitch Sold Separately)

  • USB Power Outlet, Headphone Output and Auxiliary Input

  • Includes Gig Bag with Shoulder Strap


Specs

Amp Type: Tube Preamp & Class D Power Amp

Chassis Material: Aluminum

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

Solo Level Control: n/a

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)

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

Weight: 7 lbs.
Dimensions: 4" H x 12" W x 11.375" D

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MESA/Boogie Subway® WD-800™ Bass Amp Official DemoWatch Video
Youtube video product demo

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This Is The One !! 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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After buying the D800 and then buying the D800+ , I found something missing in the sound of these Class D amps . The WD-800 was exactly what I was looking for. My favourite Mesa bass amp is the Walkabout scout head, but the Walkabout is a little limited on output power and headroom. The WD-800 delivers what I was looking for. I can dial in my favourite sound , I’ve got the tube warmth of my Walkabout head and now I’ve got the output power from the Class D powerhouse all in a a nice ,lightweight portable package . I am very happy with my purchase. Much Thanks to Emily at the Bloor St. store for assistance and patience.
Posted by Robert on May 28, 2023
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Best Class D bass amps on the market! 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Kanata, Ontario
I've had my WD800 for over a year now and it's simply the best amp I've ever owned. It's very warm sounding thanks to it's tube preamp and has endless tonal options thanks to its limitless EQ options. It's also a very loud amp which can be useful at times. Build quality is top notch as one would expect and it's thoughtfully laid out in every way. This is a fantastic amp in every way.
Posted by Rob on Oct 16, 2022
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